Category Archives: Obtaining income through harm

This is the point of the harmful part of a productive + harmful economic system: obtaining income not through productive means, but by unproductive means–taking it away from others.   The central idea of this website is that one group uses resources to restructure the alternatives of the second group in such a way that the first group benefits.  Slavery would be an example.  This is discussed in the following sections: Harm through the market, Obtaining income through the government – rent seeking – corruption, Discrimination: race – gender – ethnic – religious – class, Discrimination against women, Slavery, forced laborCrime, Control of land and natural resources.

Control of land and natural resources 2021

The U.S. owes Hawaiians millions of dollars worth of land. Congress helped make sure the debt wasn’t paid. Rob Perez Honolulu Star-Advertiser May 7, 2021
In a 1995 law, the U.S. promised to pay its land debt to Hawaiians, thousands of whom are waiting for homes. But Congress, including the state’s own delegation, voted to give the land to other parties.

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Harm through the market 2021

‘Government money that’s gone into vaccine development is being privatized by a handful of companies’ CounterSpin interview with James Love on Bill Gates & vaccine patent politics Janine Jackson Counterspin May 12, 2020

‘No one wants to work anymore’: the truth behind this unemployment benefits myth Amanda Holpuch The Guardian May 7, 2021
US employees are concerned about safety, others have caregiving responsibilities and some are using their job loss as an opportunity to find other work.

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Review of Property, Institutions and Social Stratification in Africa by Franklin Obeng-Odoom

Cover of Property, Institutions and Social Stratification in Africa by Franklin Obeng-Odoom
Cover of Property, Institutions and Social Stratification in Africa by Franklin Obeng-Odoom

From inequality to stratification: Obeng-Odoom’s contribution to the study of inequality in Africa Reviewed by Abdallah Zouache African Review of Economics and Finance Vol. 12 (1) 2020 (8 page PDF file)

Government actions to reduce harm 2021

(Certainly governments do take actions to reduce harm or otherwise improve the lives of the people. This is often, even typically, the result of political action by citizens. This post gives examples.)

Biden seeks $80 billion to beef up I.R.S. audits of high-earners  Jim Tankersley and Alan Rappeport New York Times April 27, 2021
The president’s “American Families Plan,” which he will detail this week, will be offset in part by a tax enforcement effort that administration officials believe will raise $700 billion over a decade.

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