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Gerhard Stoltz

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    Riexinger has therefore submitted a comprehensive plan on how to give the impression of leading a struggle without really mounting one. His proposal boils down to turning the labour dispute into symbolic gesturing, and the exercise of economic pressure into moral persuasion.

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    In other words, the fight against wretched working conditions and low wages should be replaced by pseudo-protests, symbolic gestures and fruitless commotion directed at the very parties that are responsible for these abuses in the first case.

  • Now, two things can happen when concentrated populations place serious enough water stress on a city or region: “You become more efficient, or you move away to a place that has more water. Hopefully, to minimize the water refugee problem, you get more efficient.” 

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    Joseph Purigannan of Foreign Policy in Focus has aptly summarized all this frenzy; “If we connect all these developments of ‘mega-FTAs’, what we are seeing is actually the intensification of what we can call a turf war among the big players.” So, once again, this is a China vs. US proxy war.

  • scholars who have studied the use of secrecy by bureaucracies around the world over the last hundred and fifty years note that it really has another effect: it builds the authority and power of those at the apex of the system and silences and binds those at the base, even though they may have little access to sensitive information.

  • And that's not all the ship receives emails about: Maersk regularly sends Argent and his senior officers messages informing him of course changes or of what speed to take. Even the captain has become just another node in the network, the running of his ship dictated by the unseen algorithms.

  • what you’ve seen in the last few years, two years I’d say, of the stock runup, is something unique. For the first time the stock, the central banks of America, even Switzerland and Europe, are talking about the role of the central bank is to inflate asset prices. Well, the traditional reason for central banks that they gave is to stop inflation. And yet now they don’t want, they’re trying to inflate the stock market. And the Federal Reserve has been trying to push up the stock market purely by financial reasons, by making this low interest rate and quantitative easing.
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