Free Trade Wins: The TTIP Is in Trouble

Free Trade Wins: The TTIP Is in Trouble:

Trade pacts like the North American Free Trade Agreement, i.e., NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, i.e., TPP, are effectively trading blocs which are motivated by a combination of large corporate interests and global political interests. The United States government is pushing forward the interests of big American corporations, but is also seeking to isolate nations such as China and Russia who are organizing to challenge US global hegemony.

The combination of trade blocs and political alliances is what reduces trade, increases conflict, and can even result in horrific wars.

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Say the Words, Nick. SAY THE WORDS!!

Say the Words, Nick. SAY THE WORDS!!:

Of course just about the whole structure of the capitalist system as it’s existed for the past five hundred years – not to mention the monopoly capitalist system we’ve had for the past 150 or so – has “everything to do with politics and nothing to do with laissez-faire economics.”

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Reverse Voxsplaining: Drugs vs. Chairs

Reverse Voxsplaining: Drugs vs. Chairs:

Let me ask Vox a question: when was the last time that America’s chair industry hiked the price of chairs 400% and suddenly nobody in the country could afford to sit down? When was the last time that the mug industry decided to charge $300 per cup, and everyone had to drink coffee straight from the pot or face bankruptcy? When was the last time greedy shoe executives forced most Americans to go barefoot? And why do you think that is?

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Cashaa: Free, P2P Global Cash Transfers for the Unbanked

Cashaa: Free, P2P Global Cash Transfers for the Unbanked:

Cashaa is a peer-to-peer cash transfer platform and exchange powered by the blockchain. What Cashaa does is basically to match the cash transfer requests submitted by anybody in the world and the live deals posted by the cryptocurrency traders around the world. By doing so, Cashaa generates a win-win situation and a huge benefit for both cash senders and cryptocurrency traders.

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Obama Is Letting the Drug War Rage on Pointlessly

Obama Is Letting the Drug War Rage on Pointlessly:

This week the Obama Administration rejected the application of a pair of governors who asked the federal government to lower the federal restrictions on marijuana….

This ruling flies in the face of President Obama’s previous statements indicating that he would allow science, rather than drug war ideology, to determine the legal status of marijuana.

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The Class Struggle is Real

The Class Struggle is Real:

Libertarians are often skeptical about the idea of class struggle. This is no surprise, given how closely associated it is with Karl Marx. However, Marx did not originate the theory of class conflict, which was actually developed by the French liberals in the 19th century. In fact, it was classical liberal intellectuals in France, England, and the United States who spearheaded the early development of class theory.

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Dear Government, Deliver Us From Freedom

Dear Government, Deliver Us From Freedom:

Freedom. Terrible, terrible freedom. It’s almost like people are naturally inclined to seek it out. And if you’re not careful, it can pop up anywhere.

Take this “Peer-to-peer economy” that the plebs are talking about these days. They actually want to trade products and services directly, without going through the transnational corporate slave structure that we’ve spent so long honing to perfection! The nerve!

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Dumped Cherries a Reminder of Awfulness of USDA Marketing Orders

Dumped Cherries a Reminder of Awfulness of USDA Marketing Orders:

…The cherry board is back in the news this month, after Michigan cherry farmer Marc Santucci posted a photo of a sea of cherries he’s been forced to dump to comply with the tart cherry marketing order, a program of the USDA’s CIAB.

The viral image outraged those who saw it.

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USDA and Agribusiness Cartel Plot to Destroy a Small Business

USDA and Agribusiness Cartel Plot to Destroy a Small Business:

Documents released last year under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that the American Egg Board, a compulsory cartel of egg producers supervised by the USDA, attempted to destroy small start-up Hampton Creek, producer of Just Mayo.

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Half of All US Food Produce Is Thrown Away, Research Suggests

Half of All US Food Produce Is Thrown Away, Research Suggests:

Americans throw away almost as much food as they eat because of a “cult of perfection”, deepening hunger and poverty, and inflicting a heavy toll on the environment.

Vast quantities of fresh produce grown in the US are left in the field to rot, fed to livestock or hauled directly from the field to landfill, because of unrealistic and unyielding cosmetic standards, according to official data and interviews with dozens of farmers, packers, truckers, researchers, campaigners and government officials.

From the fields and orchards of California to the population centres of the east coast, farmers and others on the food distribution chain say high-value and nutritious food is being sacrificed to retailers’ demand for unattainable perfection.

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