Tag Archive for 'Capitalism'

THE GOOD THING ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS IS THAT THEY ARE HERE TO STAY WHETHER THE SDGs DRAFTERS BELIEVED IN THEM AS PIVOTAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS OR NOT. (part one of two)

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Food for a staying thought   Human Rights Reader 381   Ultimately, success will depend on how we contribute to foster the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in a human rights-compliant manner. (H.R. Schillinger) So, in order to add significant leverage to our work in the coming years, working towards the realization of […]

WE LIVE UNDER CAPITALISM. ITS POWER SEEMS INESCAPABLE. SO DID THE DIVINE RIGHT OF KINGS. BUT ANY HUMAN POWER CAN BE RESISTED AND CHANGED BY HUMAN BEINGS. (Ursula K. Le Guin)

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Food for a non-divine thought   Human Rights Reader 365   -Late capitalism has been brilliant at righting itself. Communism was poor at this. The problem is that capitalism usually only does so after mega crises or wars. (T. Lang) -It was painstaking research into the life cycle of the HIV virus that revealed how […]

WE MAY BE MOVING TOWARDS A POST-NEOLIBERAL ERA, BUT MOVING AWAY FROM CAPITALISM WITH ITS MYRIAD HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IS MUCH ANOTHER THING.

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Food for an exhausted thought   Human Rights Reader 355   An era can be said to end when its basic aspirations and illusions are exhausted. (Arthur Miller) Take neoliberalism: Disenchantment with neoliberalism as an ideal has grown to a dangerous (or hopeful?) point.*  (J.C. Juncker) *: I read somewhere that for people these days […]

DEMOCRACY IS NOTHING BUT THE GOVERNMENT OF THE MASSES WHERE THE MAJORITY* CAN THROW THE RIGHTS OF THE MINORITIES OVERBOARD. (Thomas Jefferson)

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Food for a majority’s thought   Human Rights Reader 349   …But is such a democracy a luxury that not everybody deserves? (E. Galeano)   *: Minorities within the majority: The importance of Gandhi was to introduce in the 20th century the idea of how powerful a minority avant-garde motivated and moved by human rights […]

CAPITALISM, NEOLIBERALISM AND HOW THEY SCORE IN THE ERA OF UNFETTERED GLOBALIZATION AND FLAGRANT DISREGARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. (part 1 of 2)

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Food for an unfettered yet flagrant thought   Human Rights Reader 297   -Social and economic climbing is so often accompanied by moral degradation. (C. Fuentes) -We know, ten times over, that free markets stand for the  primacy of shareholder value over long term social values, for investing in speculative assets over investing in real […]

A BRIEF INQUIRY INTO MARKETS, CAPITALISM, GLOBALIZATION, CORPORATIONS AND HUMAN RIGHTS.

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Food for an inquiring thought   Human Rights Reader 268   -Liberalism defends the interests of the intellectual elite; conservatism defends the interests of the financial and industrial elite. The question is: Who defends the interests of human rights? (…and are we a minority or a majority?). -Historically, in good part, the market has been […]

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH THE HUMAN RIGHTS DISCOURSE THAT IT HAS SO FAR BEEN UNABLE TO BECOME AN AUTHENTIC MASS RENEWAL MOVEMENT?

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Food for an alternative thought to follow   Human Rights Reader 262   A contemporary philosopher asked himself: Is it easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism? 1. According to the same philosopher, we tend to ignore existing social conflicts and contradictions thus avoiding a political mobilization against the […]

IMPLICITLY, IN HUMAN RIGHTS PARLANCE, WE CONSTANTLY SPEAK OF SAVING THE PLANET FOR THE NEXT GENERATION WHEN, IN REALITY, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SAVING OUR GENERATION AND OURSELVES.

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Food for a thought today, not tomorrow Human Rights Reader 255 So, let’s stop talking bout our future generations, please. We                          are talking about our own generation. We also have to stop                       […]




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