to the European “leaders”

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Guys, to become leaders, and to get your pensions when you’re out of office, you have to promote NOW some radical, clear-cut solutions to the gooey situation where unfettered capitalism has brought us all to dissolve, Europeans or not. You should promote two modifications in the European Constitutions, the rest of the world will follow: […]

default on your debts, bail out your children

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Greece should default on the payments of its debts. Germany too. France too. Japan also, as well as U.S.A. and any other State that has become indebted by now. Bail out your children: default on your debts. This is the only way the lenders can learn any lesson about what capitalism really means to the […]

notebombs on free software, public services, intellectuals and parasites

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Is your toilet economically sustainable? Intrigued by Ubuntuism, commodification, and the software dialectic by Mike Chege, published on 1-st Dec 2008 in FirstMonday. The author says: free software is based on a philosophy of inclusion, cooperation, sharing, and openness, while the market is synonymous with self–interest, secretiveness, competition, and the exclusion of those who do […]

free market, a tragical and fake concept

Friday, November 14th, 2008

According to wikipedia, free market means that the buyers and the sellers agree to a mutual exchange of property without external coercing or anyone of them coercing the other. Free market is a self-contradictory concept because even if we start with economic agents of equal power, small wealth inequalities become economic advantages, that is, coercion […]

uniform wage increase: an inequality generator

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

In Romania, the parliament just decided (before the elections, of course, which suggests that we should keep them in continuous elections to make’em do their best) to increase with a blanket 50% the wages of those working in the public education. A college professor was getting about 1000 euro/month, his assistant 400 euro/month. So the […]

my hero

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Senator Sanders (independent) is my hero: he proposes that the 700 billion USD bill should be paid by those who benefited the most out of the financial practices who brought US, and the world, in this crisis; specifically, he proposes an amendment tot the “bailout” bill: a rise of 10% on the income tax of […]

the percentage economy

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Some north-American economist or senator was telling a tale some time ago, that he was driving and had stopped at some place to buy some apples from a guy who was selling them on a side of the street. The economist/senator extracted the following moral from the exchange of money for apples: “there was a […]

euro-potatoes

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

So, pick a banknote, it says it’s one euro, dollar, thaler etc. Here’s a proposal: we should print also (or instead) the quantity of potatoes (world or european average) which can be grown and extracted by paying somebody (robots, or other necessary resources, included) with that banknote. Instead of one euro, we should have printed […]

per stupid capita

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

Have you listened lately about your country’s ‘economic’ growth? 8%, 2%…? Well, if in your country 10% of the people own 90% of the property, then if you’re among the 90% of owners of the rest of 10%, you should be rather happy when your country’s growth is 0% or negative. Not because those rich […]