Alexander Kurz

I do read one Matt and one Glenn regularly. I don't recognize their writing in your criticism. For example, they criticize the growing influence of the intelligence services on domestic politics and see this as a danger to free speech. I agree with them. They list example after example of where the mainstream media are parroting claims of the intelligence services without even asking whether they are true. Moreover, mainstream media attack those few who ask serious questions about those who really hold power with all kind of excuses. Remember how Corbyn was accused of being an anti-semite? I have a high opinion of many of the things you have written over the years, Umair. But I expected better from you than spreading attacks on the few who actually stand up to the power elites.

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I think it is important not to underestimate the interests of the billionaire class. What worries the billionaire class most is that our democracy might get its act together and start solving the problems we have: Rising inequality, expensive and inefficient health care, rising costs of education, rising poverty, climate change, biodiversity loss, corruption and campaign financing, etc, etc. Koch, Murdoch, Bezos, Mercer and the others own our media and they know that we will not be able to tackle any of these problems if we start a (cold or hot) war with China.

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I am reading through the comments and find this a good discussion ... One thought: We need to create a system in which bad jobs are not worth doing. This may lead to the loss of jobs, but this should be a good thing because all of us will work less. The problem is how to distribute work and wealth way in a fair way. Markets alone can't do this. We need institutions that guarantee that everybody in a market has the same power. The beauty of Jessica's article is that it shows that the problem is not merely one of economics but of power.

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