Skip to comments.Andy Stern, A Member of Obama’s Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Capitolism Has Failed America
Posted on 06/09/2010 4:03:29 PM PDT by yoe
Andy Stern, the former head of the Service Employees International Union who now sits on President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, said the United States needs an economic plan that does not include worshipping the free market.
America needs a 21st century economic plan because we now know the market-worshipping, privatizing, de-regulating, dehumanizing American financial plan has failed and should never be revived, worshipping the market again, Stern said in remarks at the annual conference of the liberal activist group Campaign for Americas Future in Washington on Monday.
It has failed America and everyone that works here, Stern said.
Stern said the changes that Obama and Democrats in Congress have made are nothing short of a revolution that will move the American economy from national to international.
"This not our fathers or our grandfathers economy," Stern said. "Were as far today from the New Deal as the New Deal was from the Civil War. And we cannot drive into the future looking in the rear view mirror."
He said the progressive movement must build on the past and look to the future as the economy is transformed "from a manufacturing base, to a service, finance, knowledge, green, Internet, and bio-science economy."
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NO to all Progressives....yes to the United States Constitution....Obama has Nationalized some 70% of our GDP....this is alarming and it is tyranny. Impeach the man!
We are going to have our way with you yet Andy.
NO SOCIALISM< NO PROGRESSIVISM EVER. Any questions Andy?
Capitalism didn’t fail!!!! SOCIALISTS/PROGRESSIVES GOT INTO POWER AND SCREWED IT ALL UP!!!
so now we know why Stern ‘retired’
GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE IN CAPITALISM HAS FAILED AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Isn't that statement kinda like saying that planting too much grass on a knoll killed JFK?
(What we need is Capitalism.)
Unbelievable! Any doubt as to what the US government has turned into?
“GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE IN CAPITALISM HAS FAILED AMERICA” -—> Capitolism.
What do you expect him to say? He’s a socialist/communist.
It’s like putting a Nazi in charge of doing race studies and then acting surprised when they “discover” whites are better.
Yes, we have far too many capitols in this country today.
No, wait, we don't. We have one per State, one per county, and one for the National Capitol.
Freedom has not failed. Instead, we as parents have failed to teach our children to value freedom. They chose socialism as we entered a mild recession. Now we have an extremely deep recession, approaching depression, with no recovery in sight thanks to that choice. It’s not capitalism that failed, it’s the voters who rejected capitalism, and the socialism they chose instead that have failed.
“But lets get back to the point. To be against democracy in favour of free self-organization between individuals and against all representative systems, does this mean being terrorists? To defend sabotage as one of the many instruments of struggle without any hierarchy, does this mean being terrorists? To fight without mediation for the total destruction of the State and the Capital, in other words to be anarchists in a little more coherent way, does this mean being terrorists? To have bad intentions, to maintain them and to write about them, does this mean being terrorists? To find accomplices in the struggle does this mean forming a criminal organization? In this case, yes, one thousand times yes, we claim our passion for freedom in a loud voice, with all the consequences that are involved. The same passion that belongs to many unknown people who, far away from media celebrity, struggle every day against dominion. In this world based on exploitation, devastation of the environment, war and misery, it is not considered criminal to stay inactive waiting for everything to collapse or, in a more cynical way, to count the score and hope to be safe each one by himself or herself, atomised in his or her own little cage. Because democracy, this way of management of capitalism, is not the most unacceptable of the systems. So far democracy has mainly proved its failure: the world it dominates is still a world of submission and deprivation. It is a system that gives the illusion of participation to the management of the disaster, that is to say of ones own annihilation, by fomenting and then concealing the division into classes, whose contradictions would be absorbed by permanent concentration.
At the same time, the State is not a neutral instrument that regulates the defects of the market. On the contrary it is one of the allies of market, as demonstrated in this time of financial crisis by the massive injection of money in order to save banks and companies, whereas the conditions of exploitation get harder and making ends meet is even more difficult. Yes, we want to destroy the State and not conquer it, because it is one of the pillars of this world of death like its jails, its cops and its tribunals.
As for capitalism, if it is first of all a social relation without heart or centre, it is up to each of us to fight it in its daily aspects. In so-called global economy, based on a continuous circulation, flow of goods ( including human ones) is of crucial importance. It is therefore natural that blockage has appeared in struggles of recent years, if not to inflict hard blows, at least to lay the basis for new relations of strength (from the struggle against the CPE to the railway workers strikes in France in February 2008, as well as in Germany in 2007, or the struggle of Val Susa in Italy in 2005). The anti-capitalist critique based on direct action and judged useless, obsolete or criminal by the intellectual servants has been put into practise by many exploited in their struggles, because it is they who experience capitalism on their skin. The blockage of the TGV (through damage to the tracks or fire to the cables like in November 2007) this devastating machinery whose aim is to increase the speed of the circulation of goods has not happened by chance but is the consequence of the common experience of recent social struggles. Sabotage, moreover, is a widespread practise that finds its reason for being in the very heart of exploitation, be it carried out to steal time from the bosses or to cause damage against oppression.”
And now when they look for ‘recovery’ they cannot find it because they have run out of OUR money.
Every attempt to restart the economic engine will just spin the tires in the mud. There’s no traction because the ‘producers’ will not participate in their own destruction.
The kulaks are on strike!
If he spelled this, maybe his is correct, after all, we sure don't have a truly free Capitalistic market, the Capitol tries to control everything. Heck, you can't even be an interior designer without getting a license from Big Brother.
Selling bad loans bundled with good ones to the Chinese failed America.
If memory serves, right up until that bubble burst we were doing pretty good. What, 5% unemployment isn’t good enough for you?
Quit selling bad paper. The Titanic hit the iceberg because they couldn’t see it. To back up and hit it again and again in broad daylight, well, that takes a special kind of stupid. Or a very special kind of crooked.
Capitol idea! At least we agree in principal or is that assistant principle? ARRGGGGHHH!
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