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The Financial Crash and the Always-Crisis

Even before the financial and economic crisis in 2008 capitalism has been in crisis. “The difference between this crisis and the always-crisis is that this crisis is affecting the powerful and the rich also, which is why it is talked about and publicly discussed, why there has to be an agenda to deal with it. Before this mess, right, there were still, I don´t know, 10 million people a year dying of preventable death around the world, probably more than a hundred million dying of preventable disease and of starvation and so on”, says Albert. The suffering of many people also in leading industrial societies like the US where many live under the poverty line is not a result of the financial crash although it has tightened the situation for working people. At the same time the governments react to the crisis by bringing the elites back to their old positions who are sometimes better off than before. An alternative solution for the crisis would be an economy with real justice and fairness. Hence, protests and movements should focus on alternatives and accordingly formulate their demands.

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    Jerry Fres March 11, 2014 10:36 am 

    Excellent point about the need to be aware of and critique the “always-crisis.” Would you agree then that we need to critique the “everyday good life” as much as the “always-crisis” situations (prison, environmental, inequality issues, race/gender/class, etc)? In other words, don’t we need an awareness of the hollow/empty social relations/communities at the top of the hierarchy as much as explanations of the hierarchy itself? Or to put it another way, why wouldn’t I want to “make it” in capitalist/liberal America?

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