This website concerns the economics of exploitation and oppression. The website has two major parts. The first, the Understanding harm page, gives an analytical overview of harm and social systems that contain harm. The second, this homepage and related pages, feature current news stories and analysis where harm is important. Orthodox economics principally looks at income obtained from production. This website looks at income or other benefit gained by harm. This is much more important than suggested by orthodox economics. There is not just a productive system; there is a productive + harmful system. The view taken in this website is that through control of a society and its key elements (economy, government, values) some people/groups in the society obtain income from others. This income is not based on production, but some form of taking away from others. This taking away is typically resisted. Thus there are two basic aspects in a social system where harm is important: obtaining income and maintaining control. This is expressed in the principal categories used in the website, which can be seen in the right column of this and every page.
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Jan. 6 was worse than we knew Editorial Board New York Times October 2, 2021
In the days before the mob descended on the Capitol, a corollary attack — this one bloodless and legalistic — was playing out down the street in the White House, where Mr. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and a lawyer named John Eastman huddled in the Oval Office, scheming to subvert the will of the American people by using legal sleight-of-hand.
America’s 50,000 monuments: More mermaids than congresswomen, more Confederates than abolitionists Gillian Brockell Washington Post October 6, 2021
Of the men on the top 50 list, more than half were enslavers. Twelve were generals, 11 presidents and four Catholic saints or missionaries. Four were leaders of the Confederacy. Three men in the top 50 are men of color: King, Tecumseh and Frederick Douglass.
Charles W. Mills, philosopher of race and liberalism, dies at 70 Clay Risen New York Times September 27, 2021
He argued that white supremacy was a feature of the Western political tradition, and that racism represented a political system as intentional as liberal democracy.
The City of London Is hiding the world’s stolen money Nicholas Shaxson New York Times Oct. 11, 2021
Pandora Papers: Featured articles International Consortium of Investigative Journalists October 4, 2021
See articles including: Offshore havens and hidden riches of world leaders and billionaires exposed in unprecedented leak; Suspect foreign money flows into booming American tax havens on promise of eternal secrecy; How America’s largest law firm drives global wealth into tax havens;
Pandora Papers: Reporting from the Washington Post Washington Post 3, 2021
See articles including: Global hunt for looted treasures leads to offshore trusts; Secret trove illuminates the lives of billionaires buying influence, avoiding taxes and owning yachts; Rogue Americans stashed assets offshore, eluding victims and impeding investigators.
Fears that Trump might launch a strike prompted general to reassure China, book says Michael S. Schmidt New York Times October 15, 2021
In a sign of his concerns, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer also gathered commanders to remind them of the safeguards in the nuclear launch procedures.
Costs of the 20-year war on terror: $8 trillion and 900,000 deaths Brown University September 1, 2021 See also the Costs of War website, perhaps especially the Costs of War subsections.
A report from the Costs of War project at Brown University revealed that 20 years of post-9/11 wars have cost the U.S. an estimated $8 trillion and have killed more than 900,000 people.
How Myanmar’s military terrrorized its people with weapons of war Joyce Sohyun Lee, Shibani Mahtani, Meg Kelly and Attahar Mirza Washington Post August 25, 2021