Monday, May 21, 2018

Links — May 21, 2018

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: GUARANTEED! -- May 20 update

Is the Job Guarantee a Ponzi Scheme?

Occasional Links & Commentary
David F. Ruccio | Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame

Oxfam Blogs — From Poverty to Power
Links I Liked
Duncan Green

WCEG — The Equitablog
Galbraithian economics: Countervailing power edition
Brad DeLong

Zero Hedge
Supreme Court Crushes Unions By Limiting Collective Action Bargaining
Tyler Durden

Caitlin Johnstone — Rogue Journalist
The Skripal Case Is Being Pushed Down The Memory Hole With Libya And Aleppo
Caitlin Johnstone

Zero Hedge
Scientists Revise Understanding Of Novichok After It Fails To Produce Expected Lethal Effects
Tyler Durden

Niskanen Center
Three More Reasons to be Cautious About a National Job Guarantee
Ed Dolan


1 comment:

Konrad said...

I must run out the door, but I wish to make two quick comments…

The purpose of official lies is to keep the peasants confused and bickering, and therefore submissive. For this to happen, the peasants only need to believe enough of the lies to keep bickering with each other.

We see how this works in that Zero Hedge post [“Scientists revise understanding of Novichok after it fails to produce expected lethal effects”]

In very first sentence we read, “In the aftermath of the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal…”

Wait a minute. How do we know there was any “poisoning” at all? The entire Zero Hedge post is based on the presumption that the “poisoning” is fact. If we reject this presumption, the article becomes meaningless.

For propaganda to work, the peasants must accept at least some aspect of it.

Here’s another example…

CLAIM: “The dictator Assad gasses his own people.”

RESPONSE: “He may be a dictator, but that does not mean he gasses his own people.”

Here the responder accepts part of the lie (“Assad is a dictator”) and therefore starts the bickering process. (“Does the dictator gas his own people?”)

The propaganda has worked.


From the article titled, “Poverty of anti-Poverty”:

“According to recent report by Bruce D. Meyer and Derek Wu, Social Security cuts the poverty rate by a third—more than twice the combined effect of the five means-tested transfers.”

Social Security is a UBI for retirees.

According to people who have failed in life, and are therefore bitter and frustrated (like “Kristjan”) all “arguments” for UBI are false, and all forms of UBI create “freeloaders.”

Therefore if “Kristjan” gets Social Security benefits, then “Kristjan” too is a freeloader.