Daily Archives: December 5, 2016

UK | Ukraine: Fascists mark three years since riots by looting store

UKRAINIAN neonazis marked the third anniversary of the Maidan Square riots on Thursday by ransacking a regional government office and robbing a petrol station.

Members of the fascist Azov Battalion stormed the offices in the capital city of Cherkasy in the region of the same name, an online Ukrainian publication reported.

France | Minable il a été, minable il restera

Danielle Bleitrach

Ce qui caractérise à mes yeux le minable Hollande, c’est qu’il a choisi d’aller dans une obscure réunion chez les Saoudiens, plutôt que d’aller à l’enterrement de Fidel. Cela dit tout sur le personnage, la reconversion qu’il imagine pour lui entre allégeance aux Etats-Unis et conférences grassement payées à la manière de Clinton, Sarkozy et d’autres parasites. On peut aussi imaginer que dans un effort de conscience il a eu honte d’aller célébrer celui qui a uni son peuple dans la plus admirable des résistances autour de l’indépendance, la dignité mais aussi le droit à l’éducation et la santé. L’apôtre de la paix et des déshérités que tous les peuples du Tiers monde, tous les « édentés » vénèrent. L’histoire jugera, l’un et l’autre : est-il besoin d’insister sur son verdict.

How Humans Became ‘Consumers’: A History

by Frank Trentmann
“Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production,” Adam Smith confidently announced in The Wealth of Nations in 1776. Smith’s quote is famous, but in reality this was one of the few times he explicitly addressed the topic. Consumption is conspicuous by its absence in The Wealth of Nations, and neither Smith nor his immediate pupils treated it as a separate branch of political economy.It was in an earlier work, 1759’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments, that Smith put his finger on the social and psychological impulses that push people to accumulate objects and gadgets. People, he observed, were stuffing their pockets with “little conveniences,” and then buying coats with more pockets to carry even more. By themselves, tweezer cases, elaborate snuff boxes, and other “baubles” might not have much use. But, Smith pointed out, what mattered was that people looked at them as “means of happiness.” It was in people’s imagination that these objects became part of a harmonious system and made the pleasures of wealth “grand and beautiful and noble.”