Gangster Capitalism

23 August 2019 — True Publica

Privatisation – The ultimate insult as victims deceived by police service

By Robert Woodward – TruePublica: There are some standout failures of the privatisation model in Britain that was sold to the public as some sort panacea to all the failings of state-owned assets. Since 2010, more state-owned assets have been sold since the 1930s – where £1trillion of national wealth has been handed over to private entities often with disastrous results. The latest is just another a poke in the eye for the ever beleaguered taxpayer with those causing chaos laughing all the way to the bank.

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Revealed: The thousands of public spaces sold by cash-strapped councils

14 March 2019 — Bureau of Investigative Journalism

12,000+ public buildings and spaces
sold off in the last five years

In a major collaboration involving dozens of reporters around the country and a week of stories with Huff Post UK, the Bureau revealed the true scale of the local government funding crisis. It has become so dire that councils are being forced to sell thousands of public spaces, such as libraries, community centres and playgrounds – and many are using the money to fund redundancies. Read the full investigation here.
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Labour’s London mayor Sadiq Khan plans to demolish 8,000 council homes By Charles Hixson

27 December 2018 — WSWS

Residents in working class housing estates are organising in opposition to the Labour Party mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s proposed social cleansing “regeneration” schemes.

In February, Khan proposed “mandatory balloting schemes where any demolition is planned as a strict condition of his funding.” Residents “would be at the heart” of decision-making, and there “must be no loss of social housing,” claimed the mayor.

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Macron impeachment mooted as more French ministers resign By Francis Dubois

22 September 2018 — WSWS

Two months after the Stalinist General Confederation of Labor (CGT) called an end to strikes against French President Emmanuel Macron’s rail privatization plan, ministers are deserting the government. The cabinet and Macron’s party, The Republic on the March (LRM), are disintegrating and powerful sections of the bourgeoisie are openly debating mechanisms to remove Macron and build an alternative government.

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Industrializing Class War By William Bowles

2 February 2018 — InvestigatingImperialism

Have you noticed that it’s no longer PC Dixon of Dock Green who mediates the relationship between the state and its citizens as he goes about his beat in your neighbourhood? Instead, it’s a Kevlar-armoured, video-monitored, taser-equipped, drone-surveilled, spit-masked supplied soldier, straight out of Star Wars, who now staggers along under the weight of an industrialized capitalism, visibly physically disconnected from the citizens they monitor by their bullet-proof uniforms, that more resemble a rack of tools in your local hardware store than the Bobby on the beat.

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Video: Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle

24 June 2017 — Dispossessionfilm.com

For some people, a housing crisis means not getting planning permission for a loft conversion. For others it means, quite simply, losing their home. Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle is a feature documentary directed by Paul Sng (Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain) and narrated by Maxine Peake, exploring the catastrophic failures that have led to a chronic shortage of social housing in the UK.

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Last Chance to Stop the Privatisation of the National Discrimination Helpline

28 September 2016

Have a look at this:
http://bit.ly/2dhoBLF

When private company G4S take over a public service, headlines of abuse, failure and mismanagement often follow.

Now, the government wants to privatise a national discrimination helpline – and hand it over to G4S. Anti-discrimination groups have launched a legal challenge to stop them. A judge decides tomorrow on whether that challenge can go ahead.

As you read this email, the judge will be weighing up his decision. A huge petition against G4S will give the judge some powerful extra evidence – that this is a matter of public concern and deserves its day in court.

Please can you sign the urgent petition now?

http://bit.ly/2dhoBLF

Thanks

This Guardian Piece Touting Bill Gates' Education Investment Brought to You by… Bill Gates

4 September 2016 — FAIR

Bill Gates (photo: Sebastian Derungs/WEF)

Bill Gates (photo: Sebastian Derungs/WEF)

The Guardian (8/31/16) published a broadly positive report on Liberian education, which is handing over the reins of 120 primary schools to a consortium of private education companies and NGOs in a pilot program exploring privatization of the West African nation’s schools. One passage in particular was especially glowing:

The deputy minister [of Education], Aagon Tingba, is reading The Bee Eater, a biography of Michele Rhee, a polarizing educational reformist and former chancellor of Washington, DC, public schools. “She changed the lives of children in Washington, but people complained her methods were controversial. But she made a difference. So why can’t we do that here?

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Reversing The Tide: Cities And Countries Are Rebelling Against Water Privatization, And Winning By Tom Lawson

22 September, 2015 — Occupy.com

Reversing The Tide: Cities And Countries Are Rebelling Against Water Privatization, And Winning By Tom Lawson

Detroit water crisis a prelude t 0

Private companies have been working to make a profit from water since the 1600s, when the first water companies were established in England and Wales. The first wave of water privatization occurred in the 1800s, and by the mid- to late-19th century, privately owned water utilities were common in Europe, the United States and Latin America, and began to appear in Africa and Asia.

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Yani and the Hand Jive By S. Artesian

27 February 2015 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

I know a cat named Doctor Yani…

He’s got a real cool job, jivin’ for money
He knows just what makes the eurozone tick
He does that hand jive just for kicks

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015,  the Syriza government of Greece presented its “first comprehensive list of reform measures” to the president of the Eurogroup.  The Eurogroup is what  the committee made up of the finance ministers of countries using the euro as currency is called when it actually meets.

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