Public Communication and Power: Talking Capitalism, Theory and Critique with John McMurtry

Abstract: This interview with globally distinguished Canadian philosopher and author, John McMurtry, presents dialogue discussing capitalism, asymmetrical power relations, life capital, social theory, common life interest, life value, global problems, market theology, media, values of the market and free market ideology today in relation to public education, academia, intellectual fads and the broader intellectual culture in relation to enabling public understanding of meaning-making and power, totalising market culture, climate, dispossession, health, influence, energy, labour, income, slavery, corporate welfare, neo-liberalism, the global ecosystem, and inequalities of class and power.

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Lessons to be Learnt from Coronavirus

  • A lesson coronavirus is about to teach the world
    • ‘Take it on the chin’
    • Permanent crisis
    • Valuing the common good
    • Nowhere to fly to
    • A boot stamping on a face
    • Survival of the fittest
    • Obscenely stunted worldview
  • Eight Emerging Lessons: From Coronavirus to Climate Action
    • 1. The Coronavirus Disruption is a Harbinger of Things to Come
    • 2. Your Behavior Changes the System
    • 3. Two Levers: Timely Government Response and Data-Based Citizen Awareness
    • 4. We Are Faced With a Choice
    • 5. The Decline of Trump and Far Right Populists
    • 6. The Rise of Data-Driven Awareness-Based Collective Action
    • 7. The Conversation We Need To Have Now: Reimagining Our Civilization
    • 8. School For Transformation: Activating Generative Social Fields

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Capitalism and Freedom: The Core of a Contradiction – An Essay on Cornelius Castoriadis and John McMurtry | By Giorgio Baruchello (2008)

0.0 Capitalism and freedom is not only the title of a 1962 book by Milton Friedman playing a pivotal role in asserting worldwide the neoliberal paradigm, but also the slogan that leading statesmen, politicians and opinion-makers have been heralding in recent years, in order to justify, amongst other things, the slashing of welfare states and the invasion of foreign countries…

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A Manifesto

In the capitalist system, the prime directive enshrined in law is to maximize profit for the shareholders, and not to optimize benefits for all stakeholders, inclusive of workers, customers, communities and our planet.  These are treated as externalities so as to privatize the gains and socialize the losses.

In this system, workers are seen as a cost (a liability) and if the capitalists can automate what workers do, and thus bring the cost of “labour” to zero, they would do that readily to maximize profit gains.  Also having a bumper stock of unemployed people keeps the price of labour low (according to market supply-demand principles), hence the manufacturing of poverty and economic refugees, which can be stopped in a heartbeat if there is the local and global political will to end tribal “wars” and destabilizations within and without……

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Watch “21st Century Market Incompatibilities” on YouTube

Published on Jan 13, 2018 Peter Joseph, Author: The New Human Rights Movement – breaks down the three 21st Century market incompatibilities – laying bare why the imposed monetary-market construct is no longer a viable or legitimate system of creating and reinforcing positive public health and habitat management, on this planet, in this day and… Read More

Watch “Solution For Capitalism’s Brutalities Easier Than You Think w/Prof. Richard Wolff” on YouTube

The Jimmy Dore Show Published on Dec 1, 2017 Wealth Inequality Most Severe Since Ancient Egypt w/Prof. Richard Wolff Check Out More Of Professor Richard D. Wolff’s Work ▶ http://www.rdwolff.com Economic Update w/Richard Wolff ▶ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK-6FjMu9OI8i0Fo6bkW0VA

Watch “How Capitalism Exploits Us (And What We Can Do About It)” on YouTube

Published on May 27, 2017 Support the creation of more videos like this: https://www.patreon.com/sustainablehuman This video was created as a gift to humanity by Chris and Dawn Agnos Sign up to watch more videos created by us: http://sustainablehuman.com/videos/ Official Landing Page: Coming Soon Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SustainableMan/ You are welcome to download, repost, and share any… Read More