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Video: Why Work? Welfare addiction in handout hungry UK

Nearly one in eight British households has no-one in work, the highest of all major EU countries. Part of the blame is placed on...

Amazon’s Defeat Galvanizes Movement to End Billion-Dollar Corporate Welfare

New York City is still reeling since Amazon announced last week that it was scrapping plans to build a major office facility in Queens....
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Video: Amazon’s Defeat in NYC Galvanizes Movement to End Billion-Dollar Corporate Welfare

https://democracynow.org - New York City is still reeling since Amazon announced last week that it was scrapping plans to build a major office facility...

The Yellow Vests, the Crisis of the Welfare State and Socialism

Paris. Far from dying down after the holidays, France’s yellow vest movement is continuing to blaze throughout the country. Every Saturday for eleven weeks, protesters...

Welfare “Reform” Systematically Impoverishes People

Maulib via Getty ImagesJanine Jackson: The policies and practices known as “welfare reform,” marked by Bill Clinton’s 1996 signing of the Personal Responsibility and...

‘This Is About Systematically Impoverishing People’ – CounterSpin interview with Felicia Kornbluh on 'welfare...

Janine Jackson interviewed Felicia Kornbluh about rethinking “welfare reform” for the November 23, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Felicia Kornbluh on Welfare Reform

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Video: As Jeff Bezos Earns $191K Per Minute, Why is NY & VA Giving...

https://democracynow.org - Amazon has selected a pair of cities to host its new, expanded headquarters: Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, and Long Island City...
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Video: Indigenous Writers & Activists on Indian Child Welfare Act & Ongoing Struggle for...

https://democracynow.org - Extended discussion with three leading indigenous writers and activists. Tara Houska is in Fargo, North Dakota. She is national ... Via Youtube

Labour MP offers to whip Tory MP during debate on racehorse welfare — RT...

A Labour MP offered to whip a Tory MP on Monday night during a Westminster...

Bernie Sanders proposes ‘Stop BEZOS’ bill to end corporate welfare, boost wages — RT...

Vermont Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders has unveiled his new ‘Stop BEZOS’ Act, a pointed jab at...

Sweden’s Fabled Welfare State Has a Major Problem

By 2025, its entire workforce is expected to grow by 207,000 people—yet it needs more than that number just to staff its fabled...

‘The US Is Not at All Interested in the Welfare of the Syrian People’

Janine Jackson interviewed Gregory Shupak about US policy toward Syria for the April 20, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Trump’s Executive Order on ‘Welfare’ Is Designed to Pit Workers Against One Another

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that sums up how little he understands about poverty in America. The order, titled “Reducing...

Homeschooled Child in Norway Tackled by Police, Handed over to “Child Welfare Services”

A 12-year-old homeschooled boy chased down near his home in Norway and seized from his parents has been returned to his family....

Want £10,000 for free? Here’s how, and it’ll only cost you the UK’s welfare...

Would you like £10,000 for doing absolutely nothing? Well, you may be in luck, provided...

Report lays bare Tories’ shocking welfare agenda — RT UK News

It seemed like the Tory reign over welfare couldn’t get any worse. Bedbound pensioners asked...
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Video: RAW: Deadly fire engulfs home for elderly welfare recipients in Japan

Japanese media say 11 people have died in a fire that engulfed a home for elderly welfare recipients in northern Japan. The cause of...

Under the Republican Push for Welfare Cuts, Racism Boils

President Donald Trump speaks during an event to celebrate Congress passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with Republican members of the House and...

White-collar criminals laughing all the way to the bank as government chases welfare cheats...

With fewer than ten prosecutions for insider trading in the past five years, new data...

How Britain’s welfare system is actually plunging people further into poverty — RT UK...

Universal Credit is the government’s flagship welfare program - yet there is copious evidence that...

400,000 more children will grow up in poverty if Tory tax & welfare policies...

Nearly half a million children across the UK will be living in poverty within the...
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Video: EU states paid $2mn to jihadists in welfare payment – investigation

European Union nationals who joined Islamic State have continued to receive significant amounts in welfare payments. An investigation is now underway across ... Via Youtube

Animal welfare or Islamophobia? ‘Unstunned’ halal meat banned in school meals by Lancashire council...

Published time: 27 Oct, 2017 10:19 An English council has voted to ban schools from...

ISIS Soldiers Receiving French Welfare Benefits

Muslims living in France—either born there or with French nationality—have been claiming unemployment benefits and other welfare while fighting for ISIS in...

Teenage girl arrested after welfare officer stabbed in classroom

Published time: 25 Sep, 2017 10:54 Edited time: 25 Sep, 2017 11:02 A teenage girl...
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Video: From Welfare to U.S. Congress Rep. Gwen Moore’s Fight for the ‘Rise Out...

Rep. Gwen Moore tells Paul Jay of her journey from poverty to Congress, and how Bill Clinton's welfare reforms and corporate Democrats refusal to...

Welfare and Imprisonment: How "Get Tough" Politics Have Excluded People From Society

As opposition to Trumpism rekindles the necessity of doing politics at the local and state levels, it's important to note that reactionary ideas gestate...

The Left Loves Welfare

Reason is the monthly print magazine of “free minds and free markets.” It covers politics, culture, and ideas through a provocative mix of news,...

Only surviving terrorist behind Iranian Embassy siege lives on welfare in south London

Published time: 3 May, 2017 10:17 The only terrorist to survive the storming of the Iranian...

DeVos and the “Free Lunch” Flimflam: Orwell, Neofeudalism, and the Destruction of the...

Photo by Michael Vadon | CC BY 2.0 Elite class warrior and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is making headlines as she lectures presidents of...

Tory aide defends welfare cuts for ‘less disabled’ people

A key aide to UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been branded “insulting” and “nasty”...

Developer Welfare: Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

Photo by Ninian Reid | CC BY 2.0 DONALD TRUMP: We are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people. CROWD:...

Germany: “Refugees” Steal Millions in Welfare

Africans from the Sudan pretending to be refugees in Germany have stolen millions of euros in welfare payments in an elaborate scam...
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Video: Welfare Jihad: Dozens of Danish ISIS fighters received state unemployment benefits

Revelations that Denmark's welfare system has been lining the pockets of jihadists fighting in Syria has led to the Danish Employment Minister vowing to...

Corporate Welfare Will Bring Back Jobs vs. Jobs Will Never Come Back

The New York Times (11/29/16) declares that Carrier’s job announcement “signals that Mr. Trump is a different kind of Republican.” The Carrier company’s announcement that,...

Jihadists ‘used UK welfare payments to fund Paris & Brussels attacks’

Jihadists accused of carrying out terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels used British welfare payments...

‘Child poverty will rise’ as tough new welfare cap comes into force

Tens of thousands of families will be hit with a controversial new benefits cap that...

British welfare system to blame for migrant crisis, claims Calais deputy mayor

A French politician has blamed Britain for the crisis in Calais, claiming it was the...

Importing Welfare Clients

By Gavin McInnes Taki's Magazine September 21, 2016 On Saturday night, my boys and I were watching the Mets defeat the Minnesota Twins at Citifield in...

Invaders Cost Germany $5.9 billion in Welfare

The number of nonwhite invaders posing as asylum seekers in Germany and receiving welfare has tripled from 2014, and last year €5.3 billion ($5.91...

How Racism Has Shaped Welfare Policy in the US Since 1935

A recent UNICEF report found that the US ranked 34th on the list of 35 developed countries surveyed on the well-being of...

Corporate Welfare

Isn’t it about time that American corporate leaders who lie, cheat, mislead, and defraud the public be held accountable? Wall Street was the high-water...

‘It’s a Kind of Original Sin of the Modern Democratic Party’ – CounterSpin interview...

Janine Jackson interviewed Felicia Kornbluh on the 20th anniversary of welfare ‘reform’ for the August 19, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly...

Felicia Kornbluh on the Politics of Welfare

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Americans Choke on the Term “Welfare State”

The Nordic countries, such as Finland, may actually be more American than the United States. Americans tend to think that the Nordic countries’ generous social...

Michigan welfare recipients passing drug tests with flying colors

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is learning a lot about the drug habits of welfare recipients. After...

Lawmaker opposed welfare fraud protections, charged with defrauding welfare

An Arizona state representative is facing three felony charges related to fraudulent use of the food...

UK: Millions of low income families will be poorer under welfare reforms

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Thomas Scripps This month, cuts to Universal Credit—the Tory government’s cover scheme...

Breadline Britain: Rising malnutrition & death linked to low wages, welfare cuts

Foodbank use has risen to record highs in the UK, with over a million three-day...

‘Appalling’ welfare delays bring hunger & hardship for hundreds of thousands of Brits

Delays in processing benefit claims are causing severe hardship for hundreds of thousands of Britons,...

Budgeting for Trident nukes robs the vulnerable of welfare – CND

Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system directs money away from those who need it most, Campaign...

True face of corporate welfare: 27 global companies that paid $0 tax

(RT) - Twenty-seven multinationals paid no income tax in the US last year, despite reporting pre-tax...

A Citizen’s Guide to Combating Election Propaganda: Debunking Anti-Welfare Myths

Political and economic elites’ success in manufacturing mass ignorance represents the largest impediment to democratic empowerment today. Stoking fear of and contempt for the...

Obama Administration releases welfare guide in 14 different languages to help immigrants collect taxpayer-funded...

Obviously, not every Republican voter is enamored with the candidacy of billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump, but the one issue where...

Osborne slashes welfare, injects £1.9bn into cybersecurity to counter ISIS hackers

Islamic State terrorists could launch cyberattacks on power stations, the National Grid and hospitals, Chancellor George Osborne warned in a speech outlining his commitment...

Ex-PMs Gordon Brown & John Major condemn Osborne’s attacks on welfare

Former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown has blasted Chancellor George Osborne’s plan to cut tax credits for low income families, saying they will push...

Rubio’s Welfare Idea Seems Newer If You’re Unaware It Was Implemented 20 Years Ago

Marco Rubio, whose ideas seem fresh if, like David Brooks, you’re unaware they were implemented 20 years ago. (cc photo: Gage Skidmore) We all know...

Rebecca Vallas on Welfare Shaming, David Baron on Air Polluters

MP3 Link This week on CounterSpin: A Maine mayor calls for publishing the names and addresses of anyone receiving public assistance, which he calls the...

Concerns raised over welfare of Guantanamo detainee released to Morocco

Lawyers at international human rights organization Reprieve are increasingly concerned for the safety and well-being of their client Younous Chekkouri, a Moroccan national who was...

Ignoring the Cause of Welfare: Not Laziness but Low Wages

Numerous US media outlets recently uncritically echoed a methodologically flawed report by an anti-immigration organization with ties to white supremacist groups (FAIR.org, 9/4/15). Beyond...

‘Disability rights in UK could be violated’ by welfare reforms, UN to investigate

United Nations officials are to visit the UK to investigate whether the government’s controversial welfare reforms are committing “grave violations” of disabled peoples’ human...

Felicia Kornbluh on ‘Welfare Reform’ Anniversary

MP3 Link This week on CounterSpin: The 10-year mark since Hurricane Katrina has occasioned some journalistic looks back at the devastation, and, to a lesser...
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Video: David Cay Johnston: 21 Questions for Trump on Kickbacks, Busting Unions, the Mob...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVD7z11l_Gs&w=580&h=385] http://democracynow.org - To talk more about Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, we are joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay ... Via Youtube

Cruel UK welfare reforms force vunerable children to survive on £1 per day

(RT) - Thousands of children in the UK are being pushed into severe poverty and hunger because their parents cannot work or receive government benefits,...

Ex-Im Bank Is Welfare for the One Percent

This month Congress will consider whether to renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-IM Bank). Ex-IM Bank is a New Deal-era federal program that...

Michigan legislation would cut off welfare for families with truant children

By Kathleen Martin (WSWS) - The Michigan legislature is currently reviewing a bill that would cut off cash assistance to families with children who have poor...

The Tragic End of the Woman Bill Clinton Exploited As Poster Child for Gutting...

We are approaching the 20th anniversary of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act–also called "welfare reform"–which was passed by President Clinton working with the Republican-controlled...

Activists prepare for day of action against Tory welfare reforms

Dave Sewell Campaigners were set to target major job centres and government buildings in a day of action against benefit sanctions on Thursday of this...

The Negligence Of Some Child Welfare Workers

Rev. Dan Vojir  "Before 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez was allegedly beaten to death by his mother and her boyfriend, they doused him with pepper spray, forced...

The Practical Choice: Not American Capitalism or “Welfare State Socialism” but an Economy...

For years Americans have assumed that our hard-charging capitalism  is better than the soft-hearted version found in Canada and Europe. American capitalism might be a bit crueler but it generates faster growth and higher living standards overall. Canada’s and Europe’s “welfare-state socialism” is doomed.  

It was a questionable assumption to begin with, relying to some extent on our collective amnesia about the first three decades after World War II, when tax rates on top incomes in the U.S. never fell below 70 percent, a larger portion of our economy was invested in education than before or since, over a third of our private-sector workers were unionized, we came up with Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for the poor, and built the biggest infrastructure project in history, known as the interstate highway system.

But then came America’s big U-turn, when we deregulated, de-unionized, lowered taxes on the top, ended welfare, and stopped investing as much of the economy in education and infrastructure.

Meanwhile, Canada and Europe continued on as before. Soviet communism went bust, and many of us assumed European and Canadian “socialism” would as well.

That’s why recent data from the Luxembourg Income Study Database  is so shocking.

The fact is, we’re falling behind. While median per capita income in the United States has stagnated since 2000, it’s up significantly in Canada and Northern Europe. Their typical worker’s income is now higher than ours, and their disposable income – after taxes – higher still.

It’s difficult to make exact comparisons of income across national borders because real purchasing power is hard to measure. But even if we assume Canadians and the citizens of several European nations have simply drawn even with the American middle class, they’re doing better in many other ways.

Most of them get free health care and subsidized child care. And if they lose their jobs, they get far more generous unemployment benefits than we do. (In fact, right now 75 percent of jobless Americans lack any unemployment benefits.)

If you think we make up for it by working less and getting paid more on an hourly basis, think again. There, at least three weeks paid vacation as the norm, along with paid sick leave, and paid parental leave.

We’re working an average of 4.6 percent more hours more than the typical Canadian worker, 21 percent more than the typical French worker, and a whopping 28 percent more than your typical German worker, according to data compiled by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.

But at least Americans are more satisfied, aren’t we? Not really. According to opinion surveys and interviews, Canadians and Northern Europeans are.

They also live longer, their rate of infant mortality is lower, and women in these countries are far less likely to die as result of complications in pregnancy or childbirth.

But at least we’re the land of more equal opportunity, right? Wrong. Their poor kids have a better chance of getting ahead. While 42 percent of American kids born into poor families remain poor through their adult lives, only 30 percent of Britain’s poor kids remain impoverished – and even smaller percentages in other rich countries.

Yes, the American economy continues to grow faster than the economies of Canada and Europe. But faster growth hasn’t translated into higher living standards for most Americans.

Almost all our economic gains have been going to the top – into corporate profits and the stock market (more than a third of whose value is owned by the richest 1 percent). And into executive pay (European CEOs take home far less than their American counterparts).

America’s rich also pay much lower taxes than do the rich in Canada and Europe.

But surely Europe can’t go on like this. You hear it all the time: They can no longer afford their welfare state.

That depends on what’s meant by “welfare state.” If high-quality education is included, we’d do well to emulate them. Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 rank near the bottom among rich countries in literacy and numeracy. That spells trouble for the U.S. economy in the future.

They’re also doing more workforce training, and doing it better, than we are. The result is more skilled workers.  

Universal health care is another part of their “welfare state” that saves them money because healthier workers are more productive.

So let’s put ideology aside. The practical choice isn’t between capitalism and “welfare-state socialism.” It’s between a system that’s working for a few at the top, or one that’s working for just about everyone. Which would you prefer?

Corporate Welfare and the Minimum Wage

Joslyn Stephens  RINF Alternative News The arguments against raising the minimum wage are bullshit. The majority of Americans including conservatives support an increase yet congress continues...

29-Year-Old Welfare Parasite Would Not Accept An $80,000 A Year Job Driving A Truck

What should be done with a 29-year-old welfare parasite that believes that in addition to practicing with his rock band, his main job in life is to "make sure the sun's up and the girls are out"?  Most people that receive government assistance truly need the help and do not abuse the system, but there [...]

Corporate Welfare Makes the Rich Lazy

David Harris Gershon  RINF Alternative News Contrary to conventional wisdom, tax breaks and corporate welfare structures turn the ultra-rich into lazy moochers, and not motivated corporate...

Top Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich

Here are the top ten examples of corporate welfare and welfare for the rich. There are actually thousands of tax breaks and...

Top Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich

Here are the top ten examples of corporate welfare and welfare for the rich. There are actually thousands of tax breaks and...

Ten examples of welfare for rich in US

The Cato Institute estimates that federal subsidies to corporations cost taxpayers almost $100 billion every year.Here are the top ten examples of corporate welfare...

Welfare Hits Record Levels After 50 Years of War on Poverty

Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson announced the “War on Poverty” during his first State of the Union Speech. Under the Obama...

Congresswoman Urges Welfare Name Change: “Transitional Living Fund”

(Pictured: Sheila Jackson Lee with President Obama) The Texas Congresswoman who once urged a Congressional oversight panel to study how Christian militants and other radicals...

Congresswoman Urges Welfare Name Change: “Transitional Living Fund”

(Pictured: Sheila Jackson Lee with President Obama) The Texas Congresswoman who once urged a Congressional oversight panel to study how Christian militants and other radicals...

Rand Paul: Obama Welfare State Is “Small-Brained” Policy

Steve WatsonInfowars.comJanuary 8, 2014Libertarian Senator Rand Paul has responded to comments backhandedly directed...

Judge: Testing Welfare Applicants for Drugs Violates Fourth Amendment

Some South Dakota conservatives think we should test welfare recipients for drug use. A U.S. District Court judge ruled this week...

Revised UK welfare sanctions mean more punishment for the poor

By Emily Wilson 13 December 2013 Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) sanctions are set to put many Britons in “dire financial...

Don’t Make Us Tell Child Welfare: Schools Insist on Forced Medical Exams for Kids

What would you do if you received a threatening letter from your child’s school, demanding that you take your youngster to a medical doctor...

Obamacare Is Going To Be The Biggest Expansion Of The Welfare State In U.S....

Michael SnyderAmerican DreamNovember 22, 2013 Can the U.S. government afford to pay for the health care of 38 million more people? As you will...

Obamacare Is Going To Be The Biggest Expansion Of The Welfare State In U.S....

Can the U.S. government afford to pay for the health care of 38 million more people?  As you will see below, Obamacare is going to be the biggest expansion of the welfare state in U.S. history.  It is being projected that a decade from now 17 million Americans will be receiving Obamacare subsidies and an [...]

Al Qaeda ‘Refugees’ in America on Welfare

atlasshrugs2000.typepad.comNovember 21, 2013 Yesterday I published reports of al Qaeda war gaming in Kentucky and handling heavy weapons. And the US let these terrorists into...

Shock Interview: Welfare Recipient: “I Get to Sit Home… I Get to Smoke Weed…...

While millions of Americans spend half their lives or more toiling for a paycheck, millions more are sitting on the sidelines waiting for the...

Food Bank CEO: Welfare Cuts Causing “Nightmare Ripple Effect”

Val Traore labels cuts a “bilateral disaster” Paul Joseph Watson As food banks across the country warn that they are unable to meet demand, the CEO...

Food Banks “Panicking” Over Demand Following Welfare Cut

“We're telling everyone to make sure that you are prepared for longer lines” Paul Joseph WatsonInfowars.comNovember 1, 2013 Volunteers working for food banks are “panicking”...

Food Bank CEO Suggests Welfare Cuts May Spark Riots

“Riots always begin typically the same way: when people cannot afford to eat food” Paul Joseph...

US welfare not helping poor families

US government assistance for low-income families known as welfare is no longer enough to support needy families live at a decent level and leaving...

Census Bureau: Welfare Recipients Outnumber Full-Time Workers

Terence P. JeffreyCNS NewsOctober 25, 2013 Welfare recipients in the United States outnumbered year-round full-time workers...

Corporate Welfare in the Forest

The Forest Service is under extreme political pressure to log our national patrimony, whether it makes any economic or ecological sense. A good example...

Freedom Rider: Food Stamp Corporate Welfare, “Poverty is Good for Business”

If you think the SNAP food stamps debate is about poor people's need to eat, you're wrong. It's about big corporations' need to profit....

Food Stamps Most Rapidly Growing Welfare Program

Editor’s Note: As we reported yesterday, deliberate mass recruitment into welfare, including ads targeting illegal aliens, has been going on for years.

Elizabeth Harrington
Washington Free Beacon
October 17, 2013

Food stamps are the most inefficient, vastly expanding social welfare program in the country, according to a new study.

Forty-seven million people participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, and costs have increased over 358 percent since 2000.

The increase in recent years cannot be attributed to the economic recession, according to Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, but lax eligibility requirements and an aggressive campaign by governments to boost their rolls.

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Food Stamps Most Rapidly Growing Welfare Program

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Forget the Welfare State?

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Forget the welfare state?

The welfare state has been under pressure since the mid-1980s and the onset of neo-liberal economic policies across Europe. Capital has used the current crisis to intensify this pressure further. In Southern Europe, this is often directly enforced through the Troika in exchange for bailout packages, but in other countries such as the UK too, drastic cuts are justified by reference to increasing national debt and the global financial crisis. Trade unions and civil society organisations have struggled hard to defend the welfare state, but it has been a defensive struggle all the way and many aspects have already been lost. Trade union rights have been curbed in many countries, key industries such as telecommunications and postal services privatised and core services such as health and education increasingly marketised. Full employment policies have been a thing of the past for quite some time. In this blog post, I will reflect on the nature and contents of the welfare state and the possibilities of defending its achievements.

The welfare state is generally considered a major success of labour movements in industrialised countries. And indeed, as Asbjørn Wahl outlines in his book The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State, it was the strength of labour movements, built up in industrial struggles at the beginning of the 20thcentury, which forced concessions from capital against the background of regime competition during the Cold War. In exchange for continuing control over the means of production, capital accepted an expanded welfare state, policies of full employment and a strong role of trade unions in economic and social policy-making.

Importantly, however, this is only part of the story. As Wahl also makes clear, the welfare state included desirable qualities for capital too. Employers rely to a considerable extent on a healthy, well-educated and highly trained workforce in order to remain competitive. An efficient infrastructure and the provision of public services are also important to capital. In short, the welfare state has never been more than a compromise. In exchange for public services and employment, labour movements had to give up their ambition to reform or revolutionise the system beyond capitalism towards a socialist society based on the common, socialised ownership of the means of production.

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If the welfare state is attacked now, then this implies that capital has renounced its side of the compromise. In times of high unemployment, there is a big enough reserve army of workers ready to snap up whatever job comes their way. Many labour intensive jobs are transferred to low wage countries, while capital increasingly focuses on the training of a small, highly educated workforce in industrialised countries. In any case, if there are not enough skilled workers, employers bring in migrant workers, who in turn are missing for development in their countries of origin. The general education of wider society is no longer a top priority.

The fact that capital was able to renounce its part of the compromise ultimately reflects the change in the power balance in society since the early 1970s. Against the background of transnational production and deregulated national financial markets, the balance of power has decisively tipped in favour of capital and at the expense of labour. In this situation, defensive struggles to protect the welfare state are doomed to fail. Worst excesses may be avoided, the dismantling of services may be delayed, but ultimately the welfare state will be gone.

What does this imply for the strategy of labour? In my view, the defence of something, which cannot be defended, is the wrong way forward. Is this not the time to return to the initial vision of transforming society beyond capitalism? A society in which universal access to health care, education, public transport, etc. is part of the very foundation rather than depending on the goodwill of employers? Is this not the time to mobilise the workforce afresh around a programme, which challenges capital much more fundamentally and puts forward the vision of a socialist alternative?


Prof. Andreas Bieler
Professor of Political Economy
University of Nottingham/UK

Personal website: http://andreasbieler.net

26 September 2013

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Archbishop Seeks To Defuse Welfare Row

The new Archbishop of Canterbury has backed away from a row with ministers over welfare changes - and admitted he used to claim benefits himself.

Justin Welby hailed Tory Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith for attempting a "brave" reform of "a system that most people admit is shot full of holes, wrong incentives, and incredible complexity".

It comes after the Archbishop endorsed a letter at the weekend, signed by 43 bishops, that claimed capping benefit rises at 1% will have a "deeply disproportionate" effect on children.

Writing on his blog, he said: "Like many parish priests’ families, we got benefits, and it was incredibly complicated. For lots of people in the parishes where I worked, taking some extra hours of work could actually lower income; that is exactly the kind of thing that the move to universal credit aims to change."

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph he had said that "children and families will pay the price" if plans to change the system go ahead in their current form, leading Mr Duncan Smith to respond by saying the current system trapped millions in dependency.

The leader of the world's Anglican Communion described Duncan Smith as a "a leading and principled expert on welfare".

"The work and pensions secretary is also attempting this series of reforms at a time when, through no fault of his own, government finances are more squeezed than at any time in peace since the 1930s," he wrote.

"And reforms cost money. So he also has to manage a considerable task.

"Having met him, I am absolutely convinced he is trying to do something that he knows more about than most - and with the best possible motives.

"But, with a number of other Bishops (and we tend to live in, or have lived in, or have clergy living in, the most affected parts of our country), I feel that the particular way the burden is being shared is wrong."

Welby said he was not making a great, grand political gesture, but a "reasoned questioning of something that a lot of people are concerned about", adding: "Perhaps a little less heat and a little more clarity would help."

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Iain Duncan Smith Hits Back At Archbishop of Canterbury's Comments

The archbishop, who will be formally enthroned at Canterbury Cathedral on 21 March, went on London radio station LBC on Monday evening, but the station said he declined to discuss welfare while on the drivetime show with Ian Dale.

Lambeth Palace was not immediately available for comment.

The archbishop, an Old Etonian former banker who sits on the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, described the EU's plan for a cap on bonuses as a "blunt instrument" that could lead to basic salaries - which are already very high - rising to make up the difference.

"I think there is a fundamental question though which I've been asking on the Banking Commission, together with loads of other people including people you wouldn't describe as exactly left wing like Nigel Lawson and people like that, just questions about the overall level of pay in the banking world compared to the level of pay in other sectors of life," he said.

"And there seems to be a big gap that we should be rather cautious about."

President Obama — Get Tough on Corporate Welfare

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Liam Fox Calls For Further Cuts To Welfare Budget

Chancellor George Osborne should announce further cuts to the welfare budget and the civil service, former Cabinet minister Liam Fox said as he indicated he would like to return to frontline politics.

Dr Fox, a standard-bearer for the Tory right, called for deeper reductions in public spending and tax cuts for businesses as he identified economic growth as the key factor if the Tories are to win the next election.

"We need to get a firmer grip on spending. One of the biggest rises in our budget is the interest we are paying on our debt. That has risen from just over £40 billion, it will rise to almost £60 billion by the next general election," he told Sky News' Murnaghan programme

"That means that we are paying more in debt interest than we are spending on defence and overseas aid and the foreign office all combined."

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Liam Fox called for tax cuts to boost businesses

He said Mr Osborne should target the welfare budget and the size of Whitehall as areas for spending cuts.But he also called for a package of tax cuts to boost business.

"Cutting taxes on business I think is key to get more people into work, I personally would like to see capital gains tax taken down to get more activity into the economy. We need to be creative: if we are creative we get growth, if we get growth we get re-election.

Fox acknowledged there had been "muttering" about David Cameron's leadership but insisted the Prime Minister had silenced his critics over Europe.

He praised Mr Cameron's announcement that a Tory government would offer an in/out referendum on membership of the European Union, which he claimed had blunted the threat to the Tories posed by the UK Independence Party (Ukip).

"What would be the point in a general election of voting for a party like Ukip ... when the Conservatives will promise and deliver a referendum if we are elected, and voting for a party like Ukip can only increase the chance of Labour being re-elected and they will deny the voters a choice," he said.

Asked if he would take a post in the government if Mr Cameron offered it, Dr Fox said anyone offered the chance to serve their country "ought to say yes".

Questions about Mr Cameron's leadership have been asked in recent weeks after reports that backbencher Adam Afriyie was being touted as a potential successor.

Asked on Sky News' Murnaghan programme if Mr Afriyie was a "stalking horse" acting as cover for his own leadership challenge, the former Cabinet minister said: "I've been in Parliament for nearly 21 years and I can never remember a time in all 21 years when there wasn't muttering going on about whoever was the party leader at the time or prime minister at the time.

"Party leaders have to get over that and go ahead and do what they believe to be correct. The Prime Minister got a great victory for the UK at the EU summit this week, which of course all those defeatists said would not be possible.

"He went in, negotiated hard, showed considerable diplomatic skill and got a great outcome for the United Kingdom."

Dr Fox quit the government over his controversial relationship with self-styled adviser Adam Werritty but indicated he would accept an offer of a return to the ministerial ranks from Mr Cameron.

"That's not a question for me, that's a question for the Prime Minister and I'm sure he will have his view on that.

"If anyone was asked by a prime minister if you are willing to serve your country I think they ought to say yes."

Fox Suggests Welfare Queens Responsible For Obama’s High Popularity

You'd think that since the “47%” meme hasn't worked out so well, Fox would have dropped it by now. But, like that old definition of insanity, they keep doing the same thing and expecting new results. Only now it's the 60% of Americans who approve of President Obama's job performance, despite the “dismal” economy, who are the “takers.”

On Fox & Friends this morning, the Curvy Couch Crew gnashed their teeth over the the fact that President Obama is riding high in popularity even as the economy shrank in the last quarter for the first time since 2009.

Steve Doocy said about the economic news:

How could it be unexpected? All you've gotta do is look at what's about to happen. We're about to decimate the national security. There's a possibility the 1.2 million security jobs could be lost in this country, plus all the regulations placed on businesses with the Affordable Care Act. It's shocking that the number isn't worse.

Then with his clown face, Doocy sneered that White House spokesman Jay Carney isn't blaming George Bush now. “He just blames the Republicans in general.”

Brian Kilmeade, noting that the stock market is up, but consumer confidence down, cried out, “But the president's approval rating is 60%! It's like he's impervious to numbers!"

Doocy made sure to throw cold water on the stock market rise. He said the market is up because “the Fed is pumping all this dough every month, billions and billions of dollars into the economy. And the unemployment number – you know, it's just under 8% but it would be much higher if you factored in all the people who simply said, 'I can't find a job. We give up!'”

Having established the economic gloom and doom, they then turned to the question of why President Obama is so popular. Of course, they could have done a teensy bit of research and discovered that the country received his second inaugural address very favorably. Despite Fox News' best efforts. Or that, as Nate Silver recently pointed out, Obama “has at least a slim majority of Americans in his corner” on most of the issues he raised, including guns, climate change and immigration. Also despite Fox's best efforts.

Instead of facts, Doocy opined that the “mainstream media” is responsible for Obama's popularity because it has not reported enough about how “dismal” the economy is. He added, “It's the same thing in the run up to the election. The number one story affecting the most Americans: the economy. But instead, what do we get? We got the 47%, war on women. We got the binders, we got everything except what really matters.”

You mean like Benghazi? Or birtherism? You didn't build that? Or how the polling was not accurately predicting Romney's victory?

Gretchen Carlson wasn't convinced. She said, “People will write books about this for years on end how the popularity of this president remained so high and yet the economy remains relatively dismal.”

So, without bothering to lift a finger to come up with any actual data, they turned to their audience for “answers.” Previously Carlson had said they had received “different thoughts” from viewers as to why the president is still so popular. First, Carlson summarized by saying, “Some people said that it's because, you know, a lot of people now are in situations where they're receiving government handouts and so they like to see a president in power who believes in continuing to do those types of programs.”

Then they posted some individual emails and/or tweets reinforcing that view:

  • Ever heard the saying, 'Don't shoot Santa Clause?” If you do not work, you had no increase in payroll deductions. If you're here illegally, you have the same rights as legal citizens and now everyone is going to be granted legal status.” (from “Charley”)
  • That's easy, It is because he hands out welfare like we hand out candy to kids at Halloween. Groceries, cell phone, gas, house, TV and any other thing you can think of... without having to put an effort to get off the couch and get a job. Why not like that person? (from “Scott”)

However, Carlson did dig up a tweet from Republican Senator John Thune responding to Jay Carney's remarks and asking, “What planet do these guys live on?"

Um, maybe the one where S&P downgraded the U.S. credit rating because of Republican "brinksmanship." But you probably won't hear much about that on Planet Fox News.

From Welfare Queens to Disabled Deadbeats

If you want to understand the trouble Republicans are in, one good place to start is with the obsession the right has lately developed with the rising disability rolls. The growing number of Americans receiving disability payments has, for many on the right, become a symbol of our economic and moral decay; we’re becoming a nation of malingerers.

As Jared Bernstein points out, there’s a factual problem here: a large part of the rise in the disability rolls reflects simple demographics, because aging baby boomers are a lot more likely to have real ailments than those same workers did when they were in their 20s and 30s. The Social Security Administration does a formal adjustment for this reality, and as Jared says, it looks like this:

It looks a lot less dramatic, doesn’t it?

And as for the rest of what’s going on, CBO — which also concludes (pdf) that a lot of it is demographics — adds this description of policy changes:

In 1984, lawmakers enacted the Disability Benefits Reform Act, which expanded the ways in which people could qualify for the DI program. That legislation, in addition to reversing several of the cost-containment measures enacted as part of the 1980 Social Security Disability Amendments, shifted the criteria for DI eligibility from a list of specific impairments to a more general consideration of a person’s medical condition and ability to work. The legislation allowed applicants to qualify for benefits on the basis of the combined effect of multiple medical conditions, each of which taken alone might not have met the criteria. It also allowed symptoms of mental illness and pain to be considered in assessing whether a person qualified for admission to the DI program, even in the absence of a clear-cut medical diagnosis.

So yes, there has been some liberalization of the criteria — if you have multiple interacting conditions or mental illness, you may qualify in ways you didn’t before — but that liberalization is pretty reasonable. It’s still quite hard to qualify for DI.

What strikes me, however, isn’t just the way the right is trying to turn a reasonable development into some kind of outrage; it’s the political tone-deafness.

I mean, when Reagan ranted about welfare queens driving Cadillacs, he was inventing a fake problem — but his rant resonated with angry white voters, who understood perfectly well who Reagan was targeting. But Americans on disability as moochers? That isn’t, as far as I can tell, an especially nonwhite group — and it’s a group that is surely as likely to elicit sympathy as disdain. There’s just no way it can serve the kind of political purpose the old welfare-kicking rhetoric used to perform.

The same goes, more broadly, for the whole nation of takers thing. First of all, a lot of the “taking” involves Social Security and Medicare. And even the growth in means-tested programs is largely accounted for by the Earned Income Tax Credit — which requires and rewards work — and the expansion of Medicaid/CHIP to cover more children. Again, not the greatest of political targets.

The point, I think, is that right-wing intellectuals and politicians live in a bubble in which denunciations of those bums on disability and those greedy children getting free health care are greeted with shouts of approval — but now have to deal with a country where the same remarks come across as greedy and heartless (because they are).

And I don’t think this is a problem that can be solved with a slight change in the rhetoric.

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Paul Krugman is professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University and a regular columnist for The New York Times. Krugman was the 2008 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics. He is the author of numerous books, including The Conscience of A Liberal, The Return of Depression Economics, and his most recent, End This Depression Now!.

Horse Abattoir Film Reveals Welfare Breaches

Sky News has uncovered shocking animal welfare conditions at a UK horse abattoir.

They include animals being beaten, neglected and illegal procedures in the process of slaughtering British horses destined for European food markets.

It comes amid public anger that some of our biggest supermarkets have been selling beef burgers and other products that contained horse meat .

Sky News visited the Red Lion Abattoir near Nantwich in Cheshire after concerns were raised by Animal Welfare Group Hillside Animal Sanctuary.

Investigators at Hillside  fitted secret cameras which filmed horses being beaten with an iron rod to encourage them into the pens. 

Some were then crammed into the slaughter pens in pairs and, on one occasion, a group of three, before being stunned together.

In harrowing images the horses fall on top of each other. Under The Welfare of  Anim als Act 1995 , horses should not be slaughtered in sight of one another because of the distress it causes.

Furthermore, Sky News found that sick or injured horses were left untended overnight rather than put down immediately.

As a result of the investigation, two slaughter men have had their licences revoked.

Craig Kirby, head of approvals and veterinary advice at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) told Sky News: "As soon as we got the footage and reviewed it we took immediate action to revoke the slaughter men's licences.

"That means they cannot work to slaughter animals again. We will also look to gather further evidence to see if we can prosecute."

Former government chief veterinary officer Keith Meldrum, who viewed the footage, said he was shocked by what he described as "appalling" welfare breaches.

"We see three animals stunned at the same time and it is totally illegal and contrary to welfare slaughter regulations," he said.

"It's a significant welfare problem for a number of reasons. It's harder to render them unconscious in a group and they have a higher chance of regaining consciousness before you've completed the procedure."

Another incident filmed included a horse that appeared to come round from the stun while being hung upside down before being bled. Mr Meldrum described it as "totally and completely unacceptable".

FSA statistics released to Sky News show a dramatic increase in the number of UK horses slaughtered every year, from 3,859 in 2007 to 8,426 in 2012.

Depending on the size and breed they are bought for anything between £100 to £300 and can fetch around 700 euro on the European meat markets.

The animals come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are former pets, others come from show jumping or the race track.

A report last year from the British Horseracing Authority  (BHA) found: "The number of thoroughbreds reported dead to the Horse Passport Issuing Authority rose by 580 - an increase of 29% - from 1994 to 2574 horses.

"Of these, 1127 horses either in training, breeding or out of training were reported as killed in abattoirs - and reported to the Government Meat Hygiene Service - from 499 horses in 2010, an increase of 126%."

However, in a statement to Sky News, the BHA added: "This is a wider equine issue and not an issue for the British racing industry, which is one of the country's most highly regulated equine pursuits.

"However, if there are allegations that any horse, whether thoroughbred or not, is being inhumanely treated in an abattoir we would fully support any investigation and subsequent action, if appropriate."

During the investigation, Hillside Animal Sanctuary rescued one racehorse called Underwriter by bidding against the abattoir at auction. They discovered it had a distinguished career.

John Watson, from Hillside, said: "It's not just ill and old horses being killed. There are very many fit and healthy horses, horses with foals, pregnant mares, and thoroughbreds that are being treated badly.

"It blows away the myth of humane slaughter, and there is a misery in that place that is palpable."

Hillside's lead investigator, who did not want to be identified, added: "What we've found has shocked us deeply; animals left with horrendous injuries and horses shot on top of each other.

"In all the years I've been doing this work, without doubt it's the most harrowing experience I've come across. All the horses in there had their heads hung down."

The Red Lion Abattoir told us it views animal welfare and public health with paramount importance.

In a statement it said: "In attendance at the The Red Lion Abattoir are three full time Food Standards Officers comprising of an official veterinarian and full-time meat hygiene inspectors throughout production."

It said the incidents were "not the norm, but of an isolated nature" and they have taken disciplinary action against the individual featured.

The statement continued: "I agree horses should individually enter the stunning area and most certainly not three at a time.

"However, small horses and ponies having spent years together as companions are difficult to separate. Horse lovers would understand that.

"My opinion and that of other veterinarians is it is better to keep those types together to reduce the stress, providing swift dispatch is achieved."

The Red Lion Abattoir also insisted it meat was not part of the recent supermarket burger scandal.

The horses there are destined to be served in European food markets. The scandal this time is the way they are treated, in the last moments of their lives, in a licenced British abattoir. 

Roly Owers, chief executive of World Horse Welfare , viewed the footage and said: "The breaches, from what we've seen, are throughout; from the care of the animals to the slaughter process.

"Horses are intelligent animals. When they see an animal stunned in front of them you can only imagine the distress that animal is going through. There are, without doubt, welfare issues here and it is plain illegal."

The RSPCA said "The footage is shocking and upsetting to watch."  They have requested a full copy of the film with a view to investigating.

UK Lib Dems slammed for welfare vote

Labour MPs have slammed the Lib-Dems for backing the government's welfare benefits cuts.

British Labour MPs have criticized the Liberal Democrats for ensuring a Commons victory in the coalition government’s benefit changes.

Reacting to the support of the Tories’ coalition partners for the controversial Welfare Uprating Bill, Halton Labour MP Derek Twigg said that the Liberal Democrats should "hang their heads in shame."

Only four of the 57 Liberal Democrat MPs voted against the government’s plans to limit annual increases in working-age benefits to 1 percent for the next three years. Two other Liberal Democrats voted both ways in a form of abstention.

Twigg said Labour MPs would also pursue ministers to find out how many disabled people will be hit by the Bill.

Labour backbenchers spoke passionately about the suffering of poor people in their own constituencies, but the government side ran out of speakers for the debate in the Commons on January 8 an hour before the end.

North Durham MP Kevan Jones interrupted an angry outburst by right-wing Tory Aidan Burley to tell him, "The only worklessness in this chamber today is on the Tory back benches. There has been an average of only 12 Tory backbenchers all afternoon."

This comes as the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said about 7 million working households in the UK will have their incomes slashed by the benefits cap introduced by the Chancellor George Osborne.

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Miliband Accuses Cameron Of Attempting To ‘Divide And Rule’ Over Welfare Bill

Ed Miliband has accused Cameron of attempting to "divide and rule" after the House of Commons voted in favour of legislation to impose real-terms cuts on welfare.

Wednesday's vote exposed tensions between the coalition parties, with four Liberal Democrat MPs - including ex-minister Sarah Teather - rebelling by voting against the Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill, while former leader Charles Kennedy abstained.

Mr Kennedy said he wanted to see changes to the legislation, which caps benefit rises at a below-inflation 1% for the next three years, before it becomes law.

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Miliband accused Cameron of attempting to divide and rule

Charities which work with poor families voiced dismay at the outcome of last night's vote, which saw MPs give the Bill a second reading by a majority of 56, clearing the way for more detailed scrutiny in committee.

But Mr Cameron insisted the cap - branded a "strivers' tax" by Labour - was "fair" at a time when wages are increasing only slowly.

In a message on Twitter, the Prime Minister said: "The Commons vote to limit benefit rises to 1% while pay is only rising at 1% is fair. Labour have the wrong priorities."

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith told MPs that benefit levels had grown by 20% since the beginning of the recession, while incomes for those in work have risen by just 10%.

"What we are trying to do over the next few years is get that back to a fair settlement and then eventually it will go back onto inflation," he said.

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Cameron branded it a 'strivers' tax

The cap, announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his Autumn Statement last year, is aimed at slashing £5 billion from the welfare bill over the next five years.

Mr Osborne has previously justified it by asking: "Where is the fairness... for the shift-worker, leaving home in the dark hours of the early morning, who looks up at the closed blinds of their next-door neighbour sleeping off a life on benefits?"

But Mr Miliband said the benefits debate marked "a fork in the road for the country", citing figures showing that almost 70% of those who will lose out from the changes are in employment.

"It's now clear what the government's strategy is: it's a divide and rule strategy," the Labour leader told the Daily Mirror.

"They haven't succeeded in the first two-and-a-half years so they want to point the finger of blame at someone else so it doesn't get pointed at them. And therefore they are trying to divide and rule.

"They are cutting taxes for millionaires while hitting low-paid people, those people whose curtains are open when George Osborne gets up and still open when he goes to bed."

Mr Kennedy, who voted in both the Yes and No lobbies to register his abstention, said he was now "looking now to work with like-minded Lib Dems to amend the bill in its later stages".

Ms Teather, who lost her job as children and families minister in September last year, hit out at Tory ministers' characterisation of the measure as a division between "shirkers and strivers", warning it would have "long-term impacts on public attitudes, on attitudes of one neighbour against another".

She was joined in the No lobby by fellow Liberal Democrats David Ward, John Leech and Julian Huppert. Andrew George also abstained by voting in both lobbies and a further three Lib Dems who had earlier voted against a Labour amendment were absent for the key division.

Labour former foreign secretary David Miliband said the "rancid" bill was motivated by "the politics of dividing lines".

"The enemy within is not the unemployed, the enemy within is unemployment. I don't want to live in a society where we pretend that we can enjoy the good life while our neighbours lose their life chances," he said.

But Mr Duncan Smith accused the last Labour administration of "spending taxpayers' money like drunks on a Friday night" and "buying votes" by increasing handouts.

Labour had tied increasing numbers of households into the benefit system and created a "ridiculous nonsense" which made nine out of 10 families with children eligible for tax credits, he said.

Barnardo's chief executive Anne Marie Carrie warned that MPs risked condemning children in Britain's poorest families to "growing up stuck in the poverty trap, as their parents struggle to cover basic costs of living".

And Oxfam's director of UK poverty, Chris Johnes, said working-age benefits which poor families rely upon were being made to bear the brunt of Government cuts.

"Already, compared to average earnings, benefits are at their lowest levels since the welfare state was founded," said Mr Johnes

"On top of this, inequality will deepen as the proposed changes in the bill are undoubtedly going to hit poor families hardest."

Welfare Uprating Bill Will ‘Punish The Poorest’

As MPs gather to vote on plans to cap benefits and slash a further £5 billion from the welfare bill, a single mother affected by the cuts told the Huffington Post UK: "I don't know how I will survive."

The Welfare Uprating Bill proposes a 1% cap on most working age benefit payments and tax credits, ending inflation-linked rises and introducing what will be a real-terms benefits cut.

Ministers say the cap is needed because it is unfair that welfare payments have been rising twice as fast as wages during recent years of austerity.

However charities and campaign groups have slammed the 'indefensible' legislation, saying it will punish the most disadvantaged, deepen inequality and increase child poverty.

Sarah Easterbrook, 39, has a 16 hour contract at a large supermarket chain. She'd like more hours but they don't have them at times which would fit around her childcare. She brings home around £1000 a month with her tax credit.

She told the Huffington Post UK it is a daily struggle to make ends meet and that if her benefits were to be capped it would be devastating.

"By the time I’ve paid for fuel, gas bills, council tax and rent I’m left with £50 a month and I’m meant to clothe and feed my child with that.

"My mum was paying for my daughter’s packed lunches for a while because I just couldn’t afford to pay it. I don’t qualify for school meals because I work part time and they cost around £40 a month," she said.

"There's never enough at the end of the week. You think to yourself 'I’m working so why am I in this situation?'

"Family and friends tell me to give up work but I don’t think that would solve anything. I’ve worked all my life and I just couldn’t sit at home all day.

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Sarah and her daughter

Sarah's daughter is five years old. Her daughter’s father has stopped making child support payments and the Child Support Agency are unable to trace him. She said she's noticed food prices increasing over the past year, and is worried as she is already having to cut back on food.

"I don’t know how I will survive if any benefits are capped. At the moment the grocery shop seems to be the one taking the cut because I’ve already cut back as much as I can.

"I struggle most days just making ends meet. I buy bits and pieces of food every day and if I’m lucky I can do a big shop every two months. That’s to buy things like detergent, maybe put some tins of food in the cupboard and putting some stuff in the freezer.

"There’s just not any more hours available for me to do at work: I’m restricted over times because I need to take my daughter to school and back."

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said the decision to cap some benefits was not taken lightly but was necessary to tackle the deficit.

"Reducing the deficit is the number one priority for the government because, if we don't, what happens is borrowing rises and you have to pay for that, so low-paid taxpayers will pick up a massive bill if you don't resolve that," he said

Clegg has also defended the bill, saying the three-year-squeeze was necessary to stop schools and the NHS from suffering.

However Ms Eastbrook said that the government didnt understand how the cuts were really affecting people.

Her story of a working woman still struggling on benefits is at odds with the 'strivers and shirkers' rhetoric by the Conservative party which has also come under fire.

"It really annoys me because they don’t understand what it is like to struggle. There’s not a lot you can do; it’s just the way this government seems to be.

"People who are working part time will soon have to do cash in hand jobs just to get by. The government will push them to it and that’s not right."

Alison Garnham, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group, criticised Iain Duncan Smith in a statement, quoting comments he made in November that "this government will always stand by its commitment to tackle child poverty".

"But the impact assessment does nothing to explain how he can square that statement with this poverty-producing bill,” she said.

“The truth, of course, is that the main impact of this bill will be to make life much more difficult for millions of ordinary families, whether they are surviving on meagre benefits or relying on tax credits to make work pay."

Analysis of the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found half of working-age households with someone in work would be affected in some way.

The average loss would be £165 a year for seven million families - compared with around £215 for the 2.5 million workless households hit by the cap, it said.

Matthew Reed, chief executive of the Children's Society, said the bill will hit families across the board, adding "From a nurse with two children losing £424 a year by 2015, to the army second lieutenant with three children losing £552 a year, this will hit children and families from all walks of life.

At least two Liberal Democrat MPs have said they will rebel tonight by opposing the cap, with another warning that a "large number" were opposed to the measure.

Labour is voting against the legislation too, pointing to analysis showing seven million working households will lose out by an average £165 per year.

In Commons clashes ahead of the debate - deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman said the government had "failed on compassion".

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Chanel slammed for keeping dogs in ‘tiny cages’ at London boutique (PHOTOS) — RT...

Luxury brand Chanel has come under fire from their posh clientele for keeping dogs in...

US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela

by Gregory Shupak The US media chorus supporting a US overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country’s economic crisis as...

Insanity of Social Work as Human Control

Contemporary penal institutions are not often the penitentiaries themselves, but, are immersed within communities, manifesting in social welfare programming Drawing a Picture on the Shreds of...

‘The Indigenous Narrative Holds the Power to Really Shift People’s Societal Views’ – CounterSpin...

Janine Jackson interviewed Jenni Monet about indigenous journalism for the January 25, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

PETA leads outrage after killer whale at SeaWorld dies in ‘prime of life’ from...

Animal rights activists have lambasted SeaWorld, a chain of US amusement parks famous for its circus-style...

Identity Stalinism – LewRockwell

Discipline Will Remain…or Will It?

Last October, Philip Hammond, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the annual federal budget speech to the UK Parliament, said this: “Austerity is...

UK army reservists put on standby as threat of no-deal Brexit looms — RT...

UK Defense Ministry has ordered army reservists to be placed on standby to quell potential...

Media Worried US Won’t Occupy Syria Forever

by Gregory Shupak In December, President Donald Trump said that he planned to withdraw the US troops from Syria, which number between 2,000 and 4,000....

UK MPs urge Theresa May to appoint ‘minister for hunger’ — RT UK News

PM Theresa May has been urged by MPs to appoint a ‘minister of hunger’ to...

Alger Hiss and Russia-gate – Consortiumnews

Jeremy Kuzmarov argues the Cold War case has enduring relevance to American political culture and provides clues to the motives...

Trump Can Relate … and So Can MSNBC’s Stephanie Rhule

It’s always interesting when members of the ruling-class reveal their cluelessness about the lives of ordinary working people. Sometimes it can cost them dearly...

WaPo, USA Today, NBC Go Full Breitbart on ‘Prisoners Eating Steak’ Non-Story

by Adam Johnson NBC (1/6/19) The United States, by all objective metrics, has one of the cruelest, most inhumane prison systems in the world. In addition...

Rule of law or ‘imbecilic’ effort? Pundits clash over £200,000 UK spend on deported...

The UK has reportedly spent over £200,000 ($254,000) on the welfare of a hate preacher...
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Video: UK spends £200,000 of taxpayer money to protect hate preacher… after deporting him

Britain has spent almost 200000 pounds protecting the welfare of hate preacher Abu Qatada after he was deported to his native Jordan to face...

Why The ‘Blue Vests’ Movement

The Empire’s Sea of Woes

New Federal Report Could Boost Climate Fight in the Courts

We have a bit of internal conflict within the federal government these days, to put it mildly. On the one hand, there’s our climate-denying...

U.S. the World’s Invasion Nation

How Big Brother Grips Americans’ Minds to Support Invasions Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On November 29th, Gallup headlined “Democrats Lead Surge in Belief U.S....

What It Means That Hillary Clinton Might Run for President in 2020

Twenty-five years ago — when I wrote a book titled “False Hope: The Politics of Illusion in the Clinton Era” — I didn’t expect...

Capitalist Society Under the One Party of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

The delay of the socialist revolution engenders the indubitable phenomena of barbarism — chronic unemployment, pauperization of the petty bourgeoisie, fascism, finally wars of...

Emptying the Cages

U.S. factory farms, where an estimated 99 percent of farmed animals are kept, are almost as inaccessible to the public as they are inescapable...

Is veganism a religion? Twitter erupts over ‘landmark’ court case of ‘ethical vegan’ whistleblower...

Should veganism be treated as a religion? This is what a UK court will assess,...

Tory minister hits out at Corbynite MP for highlighting child poverty on RT —...

Amber Rudd has hit out at Labour MP Chris Williamson, labelling him one of “Putin’s...

Grinning Tories torn apart for food bank photos, accused of PR stunt — RT...

The Tories have been accused of using food banks for a coordinated PR stunt, after...

2017 Financials of the Koch’s Dark Money Network

Charles and David Koch maintain an extensive, powerful network of nonprofit organizations to further their libertarian and conservative ideological values. Four nonprofits at the crux...

Legend of the UK left and WWII veteran Harry Leslie Smith dies aged 95...

Harry Leslie Smith, the WWII veteran, NHS campaigner and pro-refugee activist, has died in Ontario,...

Remembering Alger Hiss in the Age of Russia-Gate

Photo Source Library of Congress | CC BY 2.0 In January 1950, Alger Hiss, a former State Department employee and Director of the Carnegie Endowment...

One in 200 Britons homeless, new research shows 4% increase since 2017 — RT...

The number of homeless Britons has soared to 320,000 in the first quarter of this...

‘UK govt putting interests with UAE above husband’s freedom’ – wife of Brit student...

The British state has been condemned following the life sentencing of a student accused of...

Chilling: Dem Party Leader Says There’s No Escape

Shop all books by Tom Woods This is chilling. On a page labeled “Democratic Party Leaders” of California, a David Atkins can be found. He just posted...

Why This Planet Is Becoming Uninhabitable

And Even Trump Now Acknowledges that Man-Made Global Warming Spells Doom Eric Zuesse There are now overt indications that this planet is becoming uninhabitable. Not only...

Corbyn slams May’s Brexit deal, as ministers abandon ship (VIDEO) — RT UK News

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has decried the Brexit announcement made by Prime Minister Theresa May...

the Land Where the Queen’s Son Has His Shoelaces Ironed by His Valet

Photo Source ale | CC BY 2.0 I’ve just left Ukania, where I attended the Historical Materialism conference in London. After some much needed psychological...
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Video: Leader of ‘angry police’ found dead in latest French police suicide

Record numbers of French police officers are committing suicide, with the latest victim - a prominent campaigner for officer welfare. RT LIVE ... Via Youtube

Amazon’s new headquarters meets public backlash — RT US News

Amazon has named New York City and Crystal City, Virginia, as the locations for its second...

Trump escalates anti-Macron tweet tirade — RT US News

Fresh from criticizing French President Emmanuel Macron’s call for an EU army, President Trump attacked his...

Mo’ Money – LewRockwell

Company ‘gagged’ from criticizing May in wake of Grenfell fire — RT UK News

The company hired to test flammable cladding on government-built buildings – in the wake of...

The Need for Borders – LewRockwell

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Lessons from Switzerland | Dissident Voice

Almost forty years ago I invented direct democracy – or so I thought at the time. I had been raised in Rhodesia, a racist...

Right-Wing Fantasies About Gender Are Killing Trans People

The Trump administration’s latest attack on trans people is the most terrifying yet: The Health and Human Services Department is now planning to establish...

Anniversary of Afghan Invasion Passes With Little Attention

We’re already two years past the crystal anniversary and eight years short of the silver one, or at least we would be, had it...

What Killed Thousands of Indonesians: The Quake or the Misery?

As I was reading, on board an Air Canada flight from Mexico City to Vancouver, The Globe and Mail coverage of the horrors that...

Trump savages Medicare for All, as more Americans embrace socialism — RT US News

President Trump once again lambasted the idea of socialized healthcare, as Medicare for All becomes a...
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Video: Butchers v vegans: Is it OK to attack meat businesses to save animals?

Animal welfare activism under the banner 'Meat is Murder!' is becoming increasingly militant in France. The country is witnessing a spike in attacks on...

Food, Justice, Violence and Capitalism

In 2015, India’s internal intelligence agency wrote a report that depicted various campaigners and groups as working against the national interest. The report singled...

Human Action – LewRockwell

MAGA hat wearing Kanye West booed by SNL audience after pro-Trump speech off-air —...

One could not imagine a less receptive audience for a pro-Trump speech than the folks at...

UK and U.S. Now Overtly Honor Al Qaeda

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The United Kingdom is resettling Al Qaeda’s Syrian medical unit, called the “White Helmets," as “refugees” in UK. The...

Democratic Socialism and Political Power

Photo Source davitydave | CC BY 2.0 Occasionally a phrase supports a wide range of political posturing while bearing little determinable relationship to actionable politics....

Trump trades Pennywise barbs with California Democrat — RT US News

In the same week as having his genitals compared to a video game character, US President...

Restaurant gets shellfish high on own supply prior to cooking — RT US News

A seafood restaurant in Maine is pioneering a new ‘humane hotbox’ method of getting lobsters stoned...

Mainstream media gangs up on Sanders over ‘Stop BEZOS’ bill — RT US News

Senator Bernie Sanders’ anti-corporate welfare bill aims to hammer the companies that pay their workers so...

The One Wrong Thing – LewRockwell

What Is the Left in Canada?

A claim to righteousness in international affairs is fundamental to Canadian exceptionalism, the idea that this country is morally superior to other nations. — Yves...

Nike and Colin Kaepernick: Fronting the Bigots’ Team

Photo Source Bill Smith | CC BY 2.0 If you have a world-class grievance– and Colin Kaepernick certainly does– what a godsend it must’ve been...

A Traditional Right: Jimmie Åkesson and the Sweden Democrats

Sweden’s elections are normally dull affairs. The same political arrangements have been in place for decades, featuring mild oscillations around the centre between the...

Billionaires Plan Escape From Apocalypse

Photo Source Kuba Bożanowski | CC BY 2.0 Well, the harsh truth about the integrity and fortitude of billionaires is finally out in the open...

Billionaires Plan Escape From Apocalypse

Well, the harsh truth about the integrity and fortitude of billionaires is finally out in the open for all to see, and the results...

How U.S. Government Relies on Lying Media

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On Friday, August 31st, the neoconservative U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “The 3 million Syrians who have...

The Global Alliance for Evil

Eric Zuesse, as originally posted at The Saker The global alliance for evil is the system that’s behind the current reality, which some call “permanent...

Intel Vets: Support for Brennan Is Not Unanimous

TO: The MediaFROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for SanitySUBJECT: Support for Brennan Far From “Unanimous” As former members of the intelligence community, we feel compelled to...

Corporate Democrats Prepare Midterm Battle Against Socialist Candidates

Since the 2016 elections, the corporate faction of the Democratic Party known as the “New Democrats” has poured its efforts almost entirely into trying...

The New Fascism, Same as the Old One

Photograph Source Konstantin Malanchev | CC BY 2.0 “One can have Fascism come in any form at all, through the Church, through sex, through social...

Pigs Aren’t the Only Ones Suffering From North Carolina’s Industrial Hog Farms

The biggest pork producer in the world just got walloped — again — by a massive jury verdict because of the overwhelmingly negative impact...

Distorting Past and Present: Reuters on Nicaragua’s Armed Uprising

From April 18 until late July 2018, an armed insurrection in Nicaragua left hundreds of people dead. The uprising, backed enthusiastically by private media...

Ron Paul on Bolton’s Russia meeting — RT US News

Donald Trump was elected president as a populist outsider who talked non-intervention, but his administration is...

Israel an Enemy of Freedom-Loving People Everywhere

Eric Zuesse, originally published at The Saker Israel is fighting constantly not only against Gazans, and against Palestinians generally; it is fighting constantly against freedom-loving...

Capitalism’s Rough & Tumble Climate Affair

Photograph Source Rennett Stowe | CC BY 2.0 It’s entirely possible that capitalism and climate change are not compatible. They just cannot seem to live...

Calling for Ten Million More Voters, a Few Billionaires, and a Just Congress

About 80 days separate the people from the November 6th Congressional elections. Judging by the past midterm turnout, at least 125 million age-eligible voters...

3 Pennsylvania men charged with 1,460 counts of ‘sexual intercourse with animals’ — RT...

Three Pennsylvania men have been arrested and charged with 1,460 counts of “sexual intercourse with animals,”...

More “Whitey on the Moon”

Trump and Pence want to spend $8 billion to establish a new branch of the U.S. armed forces, the Space Force. I have enormous respect of...

Trump Admin Delays Closure of Texas ‘Tent City’ for Migrant Children—Again

The Trump administration is delaying closure of a Texas "tent city" that houses migrant boys who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without a parent or...

Why Trump Cancelled the Iran Deal

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The following is entirely from open online sources that I have been finding to be trustworthy on these matters...

Israel Is The Real Problem

Elite power cannot abide a serious challenge to its established position. And that is what Labour under Jeremy Corbyn represents to the Tory government,...

Prison Planet.com » Gold prices to jump after US loses trade war & its...

Investors that bet on US economy against gold will soon be disappointed, and bullion prices will soar, according to veteran stock broker Peter Schiff,...

America’s Billionaires Battle Each Other for Political Control Over Europe

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A contest for political control of Europe is gearing up between two American teams, one headed by the long-established...

Why the Left Adores Trump

Reporting on Medicare for All Makes Media Forget How Math Works

CBS News (7/30/18) “Medicare for All,” a federally funded universal healthcare plan championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vermont–Ind.), has quickly become a key issue for...

This week in history: July 30-August 5

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‘The Haitian Government Has Lavished Privileges Upon Themselves’

Janine Jackson interviewed Jocelyn McCalla about the Haitian uprising for the July 13, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

‘We Point to the Need to Decriminalize Migration’

Janine Jackson interviewed Jacinta Gonzalez about immigration rights for the July 13, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

The Saudi and American Way

(photo above: 15 August 2016, Yemen, U.S. weapons, Saudi pilots) Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The U.S.-Saudi-UAE “Operation Restoring Hope” has become their plan to...

Designer babies? Ethics council approves genetically-edited embryos — RT UK News

Genetically modifying an embryo’s DNA to prevent heritable diseases could be “ethically acceptable”, a landmark...

Sanders Hosts “CEOs vs. Workers” Town Hall to Take on “Extravagant” Executive Pay and...

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is hosting a live-streamed town hall Monday evening, where he, along with low-paid employees of corporate giants, will take on...

Mass protests against Trump’s UK visit

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Is It Time for Parents to Unionize?

Think of Alissa Quart’s new book, Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America, as “What to Expect When You’re Expecting Under Late Capitalism.” Of the...

At Home and Abroad, Trump Abandons Human Rights

In January 1941, with the prospect looming of US involvement in another European war, President Franklin Roosevelt spoke of America’s purpose in the world:...

Soused sea birds? Charity blames breweries for turning seagulls into boozehounds — RT UK...

Stumbling around after one drink too many may not be just a distinctly human habit....

Australian ambassador to US red-faced over ‘mateship’ campaign featuring only rich white men —...

Australian Ambassador to the US Joe Hockey once said that the “age of entitlement is over”...

‘Lots of Things That Impact Our Food System Come From the Farm Bill’

Janine Jackson interviewed Patty Lovera about the undercovered farm bill for the June 29, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Has the U.S. Government Been Lying About Syria & Ukraine?

Eric Zuesse From the moment it took power in the U.S. in 2009, the Barack Obama Administration was angling to overthrow Syria’s President, Bashar al-Assad....

There’s an All-Out War on Kids, and Not Just on the Border

Donald Trump’s choice to separate migrant children from their parents has unleashed a flood of outrage across the political spectrum. While the president has stepped...

Complaints soar as San Francisco drowns in human waste — RT US News

Tech hub San Francisco, California is the second-most expensive US city to live in. It’s also...

Advocates for Commercial-Free Schools Cheer as Channel One Signs Of

WASHINGTON - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has announced the end of its Channel One News broadcasts in school classrooms, and child advocates are bidding them...

Voodoo sex-trafficker who forced victims to drink blood jailed for 14yrs — RT UK...

A sex-trafficking nurse has been jailed for 14 years after subjecting Nigerian women to voodoo...

America Celebrates Lateral Move From Monarchy To Corporate Rule – Consortiumnews

America celebrates its independence 242 years ago today from Britain with little thought it seems about who rules them now,...

Keynesian Economics Is an Artifact

A ‘Peace Plan’ That Has Nothing to Do With Peace

Originally appeared on The American Conservative. Philip Gordon and Prem Kumar explain why Kushner’s worthless “peace plan” has no chance of winning Palestinian support: His administration...

Majority side with Trump on immigration, blame parents for detention crisis — RT US...

A new Rasmussen poll has found that a majority of Americans side with President Donald Trump,...

Streamlined Tory benefit scheme called slow, expensive & dangerous for claimants by watchdog —...

In yet another blow, the National Audit Office (NAO) labeled the Tories’ much maligned Universal...

And You Thought You Lived

Because they can vote for Tweedledum or Tweedledee, the red team or the blue team, or the welfare statist or the warfare statist, Americans...

Media Treat Trump Administration’s Partisan Fear-Mongering as Objective ‘Government’ Report

AP (6/5/18) On Tuesday, dozens of media outlets broke what at first seemed to be a major story about “the government” announcing that Social Security...

Tory austerity pushes 1.5 million below breadline, 3.7 million to food banks — RT...

Tory austerity measures are leading to “destitution by design” in the UK, campaigners warn. It...

A trip down memory lane… of the Daily Mail’s disaster headlines under Paul Dacre...

Infamous Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre confirmed he will step down – and while his...

Armed police broke into Chelsea Manning’s home after suicidal tweets (VIDEO) — RT US...

Armed police broke into Chelsea Manning’s home after the former US Army private and whistleblower-turned-activist posted...

Shock as up to 220,000 disabled people will have to wait until end of...

Esther McVey, the Tory minister for work and pensions, has announced that up to 220,000...

George Soros a ‘gambler’ with no interest in serving Britons, UKIP MEP tells RT...

George Soros is a “gambler” with no interest in serving the British public, UKIP MEP...

From Bernays to Trump, Hooked on Misery

The father of modern public relations and spin, Edward Bernays was a cold, cynical manipulator of mass perception. He knew that by shaping people’s...

Are Captive Dolphins ‘Happy’?

Scientists working with dolphins at a marine park near Paris have attempted to measure how the animals feel about aspects of their...

‘Pale and listless’ children struggling in breadline Britain (VIDEO) — RT UK News

“Pale and listless” children are the real-life victims of Tory welfare cuts, the president of...

‘Trans-black’ activist Rachel Dolezal facing 15yrs in prison for fraud — RT US News

Rachel Dolezal, the white activist, author and entrepreneur who famously ‘self-identified’ as black and eventually became...

Millions of Taxpayer Dollars End up with Al-Shabab, Islamic Jihadist Group in Somalia

A massive daycare fraud in America’s most welcoming state raises questions about the limits of assimilation When it was noted that the...

US man freaks on Spanish speakers in restaurant (VIDEO) — RT US News

A lawyer blew a gasket after hearing people speaking Spanish in a New York restaurant, with...

‘The Idea of Storytelling Is Just Essential’

Janine Jackson interview Mark Trahant about the new Indian Country Today for the May 11, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited...

Trump: Making America Dread Again

Donald Trump is a well-known, self-described germaphobe. Unfortunately, he is not concerned about other Americans’ exposure to germs and disease. With leading infectious disease...

Grim future for migrants deported in Windrush crackdown, says David Lammy — RT UK...

Windrush generation citizens mistakenly deported “without a pound in their pocket” could now be “dead...

Writing Off Democracy in Venezuela, US Press and Politicians Dream of a Coup

When are elections free and fair, according to corporate media? When the US government says they are. The May 20 Venezuelan presidential elections pit Hugo...

Germany’s New Right Wing | Dissident Voice

by William T. Hathaway / May 13th, 2018 Since parliamentary democracy was restored in Germany after World War Two, several right-wing parties have sought to...

USDA lab killing ‘hundreds’ of kittens by ‘incineration’ as part of study

Hundreds of kittens are bred, fed parasite-infected raw meat and then killed by incineration at a...

Work in the Private-Law Society

With Help, Things Can Get Better

About a month ago, my life changed practically overnight. I’ve had migraines nearly every day since 1995. There are all kinds of other quirks about...

Violence drops at notorious youth prison after inmates given candy — RT UK News

There has been an astonishing 80 percent drop in violence against prison officers at the...

This Is the Wrong Time to Cut Back on Public Housing

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has answered President Trump’s call to shrink the social safety net. Carson recently offered a proposal...

Russia’s v. America’s Records on Democracy, and on Whistleblowers’ Safety

Eric Zuesse There are multiple quantitative measures for a given nation’s degree of democracy, in comparison with that of other nations, but perhaps the best...

The Spirit of 1968 Is Inextinguishable —Even 50 Years Later

Capitalist adventurer Richard Branson and cultural and political rebel Tariq Ali were both shaped by the experiences of 1968 – and, significantly, the years...

This Is the Wrong Time to Cut Back on Public Housing

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has answered President Trump’s call to shrink the social safety net. Carson recently offered a proposal...

Why the U.S. Regime Hates Vladimir Putin

Eric Zuesse Here is Putin in extemporaneous discussion and interview (translated into English): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBTBBNOtbhM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjrlTMvirVo The second of those videos shows Putin offering Russia’s billionaires the choice...

Tories dismiss record numbers of food-bank users revealed by charity — RT UK News

The Tory government has rejected data suggesting its austerity policies have forced an unprecedented number...

Might Trump Ask Israel to Fund America’s Invasion-Occupation of Syria?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On 16 April 2018, the internationally respected analyst of Middle-Eastern affairs, Abdel Bari Atwan, headlined about Trump’s increasingly overt...

‘We Need to Change the Rules for When Police Can Shoot’

Janine Jackson interviewed Peter Bibring about excessive force law for the April 13, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Sweden’s Violent Reality Is Undoing a Peaceful Self-Image

Sweden may be known for its popular music, IKEA and a generous welfare state. It is also increasingly associated with a rising...

Another Counterproductive Assault on Food Stamps

Once again, Republicans are taking aim at poor people. What is it this time? Adding a stricter work requirement to receive what used to be...

Death By a Thousand Tax Cuts

Every year at this time, US taxpayers (who bother to read news) are treated to a parade of stories about taxes and tax policy....

Rough-sleeper deaths double in five years, govt accused of ‘pitiful response’ — RT UK...

Deaths of rough sleepers have more than doubled in five years, new figures reveal. It...

8 Stubborn Facts – LewRockwell

The Civil War Wasn’t Enough

This Monday marks the 153rd anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, ending the US...

Sergei Skripal’s pets die after investigators sealed off home despite vet warning — RT...

The mystery surrounding the poisoning of Sergei Skripal has deepened after British officials confirmed the...

Sweden Retracts ‘Utterly Crazy’ Child Marriage Brochure After Public Uproar

The leaflet was commissioned by the government and included detailed instructions for people married to children covering all spheres of life, including...

Americans Trust ‘Our’ Intelligence Agencies. Should We?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The record is clear that ‘our’ (that is, the ruling Establishment’s) intelligence agencies, such as the CIA, have lied...

Mass Deception and the Prelude to World War

In Libya, NATO bombed a path to Tripoli to help its proxy forces on the ground oust Gaddafi. Tens of thousands lost their lives...

‘Cruel’ New Proposal Shows Trump Wants to Punish Immigrants Who Receive Public Benefits

In a potential policy change that immigrant rights advocates and anti-poverty groups warned could threaten the healthcare of hundreds of thousands of immigrants, a...

Sergei Skripal’s Russian family speak out — RT UK News

The niece of poisoned ex-Russian double agent Sergei Skripal said she doesn't know how or...

Neocons Are Back – LewRockwell

Fiery car crash at Travis Air Force Base reportedly treated as terrorist attack —...

An incident at an air base in Northern California is reportedly being treated as a terrorist...

The War on the Post Office

A statue of Benjamin Franklin stands outside of the Old Post Office building in Washington, DC. (Photo: Daniel M. Silva / Shutterstock) The US banking...

Trump Supports ‘Space Force’ For War-Making And Dominance in Space – Consortiumnews

Calls by Trump for a new ‘Space Force’ could further the potential of an armed showdown between US and foreign...

The War on the Post Office

The U.S. banking establishment has been at war with the post office since at least 1910, when the Postal Savings Bank Act established a...

Russian interview with Putin (and others) discusses geopolitics, nationhood, and America

Eric Zuesse https://off-guardian.org/2018/03/15/no-russia-no-world-full-movie-world-order-2018/ discusses and presents a new feature-length, interview-laced, documentary, about the way that Russians, and also Putin, view America, and view the future...

Where the Streets have No Name: Israel leaves Palestinians in Postal “Dark Age”

Hundreds of Umm al-Fahm’s streets remain nameless as Israel refuses to allow the town’s Palestinians to honour their national icons In the town of Umm...

Racial Preferences: Peter Dutton and White South African Farmers

It has been the great misfit Australian policy since the 1990s: a refugee and immigration policy that shows itself to be scrupulously fair, calculable...

What to Expect From a Trump / Kim Summit

Photo by edwardhblake | CC BY 2.0 Nothing. Don’t get me wrong. It’s delightful to watch Donald Trump discombobulate the bipartisan American national security and foreign...

The War on the Post Office

The US Postal Service, under attack from a manufactured crisis designed to force its privatization, needs a new source of funding to survive. Postal...

“Real Organic” Label Bites Back at Industrial Agriculture

When you think of organic food, you probably imagine a bucolic farm with happy cows out in the pasture and crops growing lush and healthy in...

What Results When U.S. Invades a Country

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at The Saker (UPDATED at bottom, as of 15 March 2018) The U.S. Government certainly leads the world in invasions and coups. In...

Could Britain’s Labour Party Under Corbyn Hold the Answer to Europe’s Woes?

For over 40 years, Britain has pushed extreme, free-market policies in the European Union (EU). While the EU has delivered, for Britain, better workers'...

Miami nightclub shut down for shocking horse stunt (VIDEO) — RT US News

A Miami nightclub has had its business license revoked after footage surfaced showing a woman riding...

Nearly 800 Quebec Doctors Demand Their Pay Raises Go To Nurses, Improving Healthcare Overall

Hundreds of doctors in Quebec, Canada are asking the Ministry of Health to cancel a proposed pay raise it wants to give them, imploring...

One-in-three animals at Sea Life center died in one year — RT UK News

Biologists have branded animal welfare at a Sea Life center “unacceptable” after it emerged that...

New Atheists and Islam, Take Two: A Rebuttal

Simply ‘calling it like you see it’ doesn’t cut anymore. We now know that conscious and unconscious intuitions are socially constructed by our surroundings,...

Can US really learn from laws Down Under? — RT US News

In the aftermath of mass shootings in the US, gun control advocates invariably point to Australia...

How Liars in U.S. ‘News’-Media Build on Lies in U.S. ‘News’

Eric Zuesse (originally published abridged by Strategic Culture Foundation) The means by which the vast majority of Americans are deceived to believe fake ‘news’ that’s...

Sinn Fein vow to battle ‘the Tory-DUP wrecking-agenda’ after EU release N. Ireland plan...

Theresa May’s Brexit plans have again been thrown into crisis after the EU released its...

Pagan leaders for prisoners (seriously, & it pays £29k) — RT UK News

Pagans are being sought for UK prisons to ensure the needs of Druid and Wiccan...

Disordering the World: the Rise of Neo-Liberalism

Photo from Age of Extremes cover | CC BY 2.0 In his melancholic book, Age of Extremes: the Short Twentieth Century 1914-1991 (1995), British historian...

Experts for the People—Shut Out by the Mass Media

Ever wonder how the television, radio and newspaper people select whom they are going to interview or get quotes from when they are reporting...

Yarl’s Wood detainees starve themselves to protest ‘inhumane’ detention — RT UK News

Around 120 Yarl’s Wood detainees are on day three of a hunger strike in protest...

Top Ten Signs The US Is The Most Corrupt Nation In The World (2018...

Those ratings that castigate Afghanistan and some other poor countries as hopelessly “corrupt” always imply that the United States is not corrupt. This year’s report from Transparency International...

An Old Soldier Fades Away

“We are selling the greatest product on earth. Why shouldn’t we promote it as effectively as we promote a bar of soap?”-- Billy Graham,...

Council renders man homeless by booting him from his own caravan before confiscating it...

A heartbreaking photo of a man in tears has surfaced online after he was forced...

While Exploding Military Spending, Trump Budget Eviscerates Funding for Education, Healthcare, and More

Nearly two dozen federal programs and agencies are in danger of losing funding under President Donald Trump's 2019 budget proposal, released Monday. The proposed...

Yes, Deniers, Millions of Americans are Among the Poorest People in the World |...

In 2015 it was reported that up to 50 million American adults had negative wealth and thus numbered among the poorest 10% of the world's adults....

Reclaiming the Radical Critique of Education

The left has a long history of critiquing not just the content of schooling, but the very concepts and institutions foundational to formal education....

Rees-Mogg’s new security force? Britain First to defend Brexiteer against ‘Antifa idiots’ (VIDEO) —...

Britain First leader Paul Golding has issued a bizarre warning to anti-fascists after a protest...

Two Elephants in the Room

Paul Ryan’s Push for Workforce Development Is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing | By...

This week, Politico reported that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-OH) appears to be attempting to repackage cuts to Medicaid, food assistance, and affordable housing...

Trump’s Durable Base: Eight Reasons

Photo by kellybdc | CC BY 2.0 Donald Trump’s many critics like to note that he has been struggling with epically low approval ratings –...

Islamic extremists ‘threatening British values’ in schools – UK watchdog — RT UK News

British values are being “actively undermined” by Islamic extremists using schools as a means of...

Disabled man who called Tory MP ‘f***ing little Nazi’ charged with threatening behavior —...

A disabled man has been charged with threatening behavior after calling a Conservative MP a...

Democrats Have Found the Enemy if They Would Only Look

The Republicans are up to their usual shenanigans. There they are again, sitting on the Right. Don’t like it, Democrats? At least we (and...

Transgender woman on hunger strike in UK male prison — RT UK News

A 50-year-old transgender woman has gone on hunger strike in an all-male prison in Lancashire,...

Child ‘soaking in his underwear’ seeks help in storm before disappearing, sparking police search...

Police are investigating a bizarre case in Kent after residents called officers to say a...

Global Capitalism and Livelihoods Denied: Whipping India’s Farmers into Submission

In India, there is a push to drive people from the countryside into cities. The mainstream narrative implies that urbanisation is natural in the...

‘Most vulnerable’ Palestinians hurt by Washington’s $65mn aid cut – PLO — RT US...

The Trump administration has provoked mixed reactions since deciding to hold back $65 million in aid...

Gallup: U.S. Well-Being Declines Under Trump, Especially for the Poor

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On January 10th, Gallup listed their “Top Well-Being Findings of 2017”, and three findings pertained to the entire U.S....

Improving Medicaid Just a Little

Top Tories expected to keep cabinet jobs despite a year of gaffes — RT...

Theresa May is expected to sack or move a quarter of her cabinet on Monday...

‘This Is Not a Time for False Equivalence’

This is a lightly edited transcript of the December 29, 2017, year-end Best of CounterSpin episode. ***** ...

Living as a German Migrant in China

Gallup: U.S. Well-Being Declines Under Trump, Especially for the Poor

Eric Zuesse On January 10th, Gallup listed their “Top Well-Being Findings of 2017”, and three findings pertained to the entire U.S. (the others pertained only...

Monsanto, Bayer and Neoliberalism: A Case of Hobson’s Choice

A Bayer marketing professional recently stated on Twitter that critics of GMOs deny choice to farmers. It’s a common accusation by the pro-GMO lobby....

Next to go? Thousands sign petition to sack ‘scrooge’ Work & Pensions Secretary Esther...

A petition to sack the newly appointed work and pensions (DWP) secretary, Esther McVey, has...

Kansas lawmaker ‘regrets’ saying African-Americans ‘respond the worst’ to marijuana due to genetics —...

State Representative Steve Alford (R-Kansas) has admitted he “was wrong” when he said African-Americans are more...

White British boys being ‘left behind’ in school — RT UK News

Published time: 4 Jan, 2018 15:29 White working class boys are at the “bottom of...

Young people are obsessed with perfection… and it’s all neoliberalism’s fault – study —...

Published time: 3 Jan, 2018 12:03 A UK study has suggested that young people are...

Prostitute in Hull was selling sex 30mins after giving birth – police — RT...

Police in the northern English city of Hull have shared a shocking example of the...

Neocons Hate LRC – LewRockwell

How Inequality Kills

Photo by haymarketrebel | CC BY 2.0 The Global March of Neoliberalism: The World Inequality Report 2018 Contrary to the assumptions of left-liberal commentators, neoliberalism is...

To Save the Internet We Must Own the Networks | By David Morris

In late October, Ajit Pai, Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, proudly announced, “We’ve been energetic in advancing the public interest…over the past nine...

GOP Tax Plan Would Give 15 of America’s Largest Corporations a $236B Tax Cut:...

In "further proof that the Republican tax bill is a massive giveaway to the largest corporations in the country," a new report (pdf) prepared...

Three Myths About the Poor That Republicans Are Using to Support Slashing the US...

Republicans continue to use long-debunked myths about the poor as they defend lower taxes for the rich and deep cuts to the social safety net to pay for...

Swans found stabbed and beheaded in London — RT UK News

Published time: 13 Dec, 2017 11:43 Edited time: 14 Dec, 2017 07:59 An investigation has...

Ordinary working families forced into “Dickensian” homes by greedy landlords & Tory failings —...

Ordinary working families are facing homelessness in Britain as private landlords send rent soaring, all...

Family sues holiday camp over bumper car hijab ban — RT UK News

Published time: 14 Dec, 2017 10:48 Holiday camp Butlins is facing a legal action for...

Daughter murdered after ‘walking in on killer dismembering pedophile father,’ police believe — RT...

Published time: 11 Dec, 2017 16:44 Police have made the grisly discovery of the dismembered...

Jeremy Corbyn and Noam Chomsky win peace prize amid media silence — RT UK...

Published time: 10 Dec, 2017 23:56 UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was awarded the Sean...

Illegal immigrants found superglued in UK lorry subsisting on Belgian chocolate — RT UK...

Eleven illegal immigrants, super-glued into the back of a lorry by traffickers, have been discovered...

‘Ignorant’ Chancellor Philip Hammond says disabled workers may be hitting Britain’s productivity — RT...

Philip Hammond’s suggestion that disabled people could be responsible for the UK’s sluggish productivity is...

Media Downplay Class Warfare as ‘GOP Victory’

Like many outlets, USA Today (12/2/17) described the Republican tax bill as “tax cuts”—even though most Americans will be getting a tax hike. The fallacy...

130,000 homeless children, empty food banks predicted this Christmas — RT UK News

Published time: 6 Dec, 2017 15:17 Around 130,000 children will wake up homeless this Christmas...

AI Has Already Taken Over. It’s Called the Corporation. | By Jeremy Lent

Some of the leading thinkers of our time are unleashing a stream of warnings about the threat of artificial intelligence taking over from humans. ...

US will eat up 25% of Britain’s defense budget, warns union boss — RT...

Published time: 29 Nov, 2017 13:47 Edited time: 30 Nov, 2017 09:18 One of Britain’s...

The GOP Tax Scam Two-Step: Explode the Deficit With Cuts for Rich, Then Screw...

As Senate Republicans proclaimed on Friday that they have the votes to pass a $1.5 trillion tax bill whose contents have been kept secret...

Calais migrants head for Britain because Europe is too hostile — RT UK News

Migrants in Calais told RT they are fighting to reach the UK because other European...

Britain faces ‘longest fall in living standards since the 1950s’ — RT UK News

Published time: 23 Nov, 2017 12:11 Edited time: 24 Nov, 2017 08:03 Britain is on...

Why James Mattis Should Be Fired and Court-Martialed

Eric Zuesse The U.S. Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis, made a secret decision to place the safety and welfare of some foreigners higher than...

Every Friday Is Black Friday: Why Our Addiction to Consumption and Growth Is Killing...

veryone wants everything – how is that going to work? The promise of economic growth is that the poor can live like the rich...

Hammond delivers biggest budget in a generation — RT UK News

As Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered one of the most anticipated budgets in recent memory, he...

Child poverty, inequality and environment missing from Tory budget, renowned economist tells RT —...

The UK government has dodged dealing with the serious issues of child poverty, rising inequality...

DOD Conference Bill Passed… Yet We’re Less Safe and More Poor – Antiwar.com Blog

Ron Paul breaks down the massive DoD spending bill Conference Report that has just passed Congress. More money for Ukraine?...

Woman on horseback filmed whipping anti-hunting activist with riding crop (VIDEO) — RT UK...

Published time: 20 Nov, 2017 14:50 Hunt saboteurs have released footage of a woman on...

New kind of politics, huh? Theresa May’s husband linked to Paradise Papers — RT...

Published time: 17 Nov, 2017 10:24 Edited time: 17 Nov, 2017 10:40 Theresa May’s husband...

Liverpool students call for PM William Gladstone’s name to be removed from halls —...

Published time: 16 Nov, 2017 21:20 Students at the University of Liverpool are calling for...

China and the US: Comparing Leadership Selection

The US selection of leaders has virtually nothing to do with democratic processes and outcomes. It is useful to contrast this with...

Apologetic Boris Johnson to meet husband of jailed Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe ahead of Iran visit...

Published time: 15 Nov, 2017 10:12 Boris Johnson is set to meet with Richard Ratcliffe,...

How the U.S. Aristocracy Deceive the U.S. Public

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The progressive former Democratic U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman wrote at Forbes, on 22 July 2014: Another year has passed with...

How Runaway Inequality Creates Runaway Global Warming

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The bottom half of humans own next to nothing, but they own as much as the world’s richest 80 individuals...

Is this justice? Here’s a list of those who HAVE and HAVE NOT been...

Cuts to the UK legal aid system have prompted a Great British backlash after it...

Tragic end for Thames Dolphin, found dead in river shallows — RT UK News

Published time: 9 Nov, 2017 07:52 Edited time: 9 Nov, 2017 07:56 The Thames Dolphin...

Children Sue Trump Admin for ‘Reckless and Deliberate Indifference’ to Climate Threat

Two Pennsylvania children and a Philadelphia-based environmental organization filed suit on Monday against the Trump administration for its gutting of climate regulations, laws, and...

Daily Mail columnist says women ‘squawking about sex pests’ should wear a niqab —...

Controversial Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens has sparked a social media firestorm after comparing...