RUTHLESS CRITICISM

“If we have no business with the construction of the future or with organizing it for all time, there can still be no doubt about the task confronting us at present: the ruthless criticism of the existing order, ruthless in that it will shrink neither from its own discoveries, nor from conflict with the powers that be.” — Karl Marx

The monopoly on violence

The state: Your friend?
The political power over capitalist society
What is the state and how does it organize the capitalist economy?
Rule based on the will of the ruled
Violence, force and power
The state wants to be the “supreme power” without any competition
The bourgeois state
The founder, protector and organizer of private property as a system

Freedom and equality

What is freedom?
Loved by all, celebrated by many, criticized by no one
Freedom and equality
As good as their reputation?
[Video] The Snowden affair: Freedom vs security – A false alternative!
Why freedom needs government control and lots of it

Rule of law

Theses on the constitutional state
Who rules when the law rules?
Equality before the law
Some tacky questions about a supreme good
The business about human rights
The political power grants the generous permission to be a person – and showers itself with praise for this deed
Labor law
Organizing the conflict between employers and employees
Off with their heads – No or sometimes yes?
The good citizen’s favorite puzzle
Rights and the classes
A reason to be grateful?

Taxes

The taxpayer
Powerless, discontent, appreciated

Financial & monetary policy

The national budget: On the economy of political domination
A budget unlike any other
Interest rate cuts in America
The Fed speculates on the speculators and the speculators speculate on the Fed
The “war budget”
Business and violence simply fit indissolubly well together in the market economy

The social state & austerity

The welfare state: Nothing but the management of capitalistic poverty
Its existence shows the inability of wages to support a working class
“The state saves!”
The people are too expensive
Justice is another word for impoverishment
A suitable value for an austerity program
Privatization – Why not?
The real criteria for the “public sector”
Dismantling the welfare state: A totally imperialistic program
The citizens get to experience what it costs them to be economic resources of a rich and powerful nation with world power

Environment & health

The political uses of environmental degradation and protection
Destruction of nature – only in correct amounts
[Audio] US health care reform: Another historic moment in the administration of the nation’s poverty
Why the hopes were misplaced
Climate change: Product of globalized capitalism and subject of debate between the states that organize it
Superstorms, droughts, floods, refugees ...