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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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Conflict 2021

Foreign powers are intervening in Ethiopia. They may only make the conflict worse. Yohannes Woldemariam and Nic Cheeseman Washington Post November 19, 2021
The civil war has become internationalized — and all the more intractable.

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

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IMF: Fossil fuel subsidies $5.9 trillion or 6.8 percent of GDP in 2020

Still not getting energy prices right: A global and country update of fossil fuel subsidies Ian Parry, Simon Black, Nate Vernon International Monetary Fund September 24, 2021
Globally, fossil fuel subsidies were $5.9 trillion in 2020 or about 6.8 percent of GDP, and are expected to rise to 7.4 percent of GDP in 2025. Just 8 percent of the 2020 subsidy reflects undercharging for supply costs (explicit subsidies) and 92 percent for undercharging for environmental costs and foregone consumption taxes (implicit subsidies). Efficient fuel pricing in 2025 would reduce global carbon dioxide emissions 36 percent below baseline levels, which is in line with keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees, while raising revenues worth 3.8 percent of global GDP and preventing 0.9 million local air pollution deaths.

Struggle for control – staying in power 2021

Red Flags: As Trump propelled his supporters to Washington, law enforcement
agencies failed to heed mounting warnings about violence on Jan. 6
Hannah Allam, Devlin Barrett, Aaron C. Davis, Josh Dawsey, Amy Gardner, Shane Harris, Rosalind S. Helderman, Paul Kane, Dan Lamothe, Carol D. Leonnig, Nick Miroff, Ellen Nakashima, Ashley Parker, Beth Reinhard, Philip Rucker and Craig Timberg and written by Aaron C. Davis Washington Post October 31, 2021
This very thorough article is in three sections, before, during, and after January 6. It shows that there was widespread acceptance of the lie about the validity of the November Presidential election, and there was a conspiracy led by then-President Trump to overthrow the Presidential election results and keep him in office. What the United States had on January 6, 2021 was an attempted coup which narrowly failed.

GOP Rep. Fred Upton receives death threats after voting for bipartisan infrastructure deal Felicia Sonmez Washington Post November 9, 2021
In a CNN interview Monday night, Upton played the audio of one of the calls, which he said came from a man in South Carolina. “You’re a f—ing piece of s— traitor. I hope you die,” the man can be heard saying. In the expletive-filled call, he goes on to say he hopes Upton’s family and his entire staff die.

Rep. Paul Gosar tweets altered anime video showing him killing Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Biden Felicia Sonmez Washington Post November 9, 2021
Gosar, [Ocasio-Cortez] said, will probably “face no consequences” because House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) “cheers him on with excuses.”

Republicans would “rather end democracy” than turn away from Trump, says Harvard professor Dean Obeidallah Salon October 13, 2021
Co-author of “How Democracies Die” says the GOP is ready to seize power. But they might not be able to keep it

Lessons from Virginia: You can’t ignore the Civil War. America’s unresolved racial identity crisis continues to define U.S. politics. Steve Phillips The Nation November 3, 2021

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