Economics

01.01.2019

Will 2019 bring opportunities to change the system?

Will 2019 bring opportunities to change the system?

By Howard Richards Some of us think 2008 was a lost opportunity. Humanity had a chance to change course to save itself and the biosphere. We blew it. Could 2019 be a second chance? The reason why 2008, instead of some other recent year, stands… »

31.12.2018

Solidarity Economy to Change the Course of History: Six Theses for Conversation

Solidarity Economy to Change the Course of History: Six Theses for Conversation

By Howard Richards 1. A new economy (or economies), in other words a new social structure (or structures), whose principle is solidarity, is necessary, not optional. 2. It is impossible to construct the new economy using only the best-known old methods for changing society (legislation, revolution, electoral politics, nonviolent resistance,… »

29.12.2018

Africa Poverty Clock Launched on UNECA’s 60th Anniversary

Africa Poverty Clock Launched on UNECA’s 60th Anniversary

By Devendra Kamarajan ADDIS ABABA (IDN) – The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) at its 60th anniversary celebrations in Addis Ababa has launched the Africa Poverty Clock, a customized version of the world poverty clock developed by World Data Lab, aimed at monitoring progress against extreme poverty, an aspiration of the United… »

28.12.2018

What are the commons and what is their political, social and economic relevance?

What are the commons and what is their political, social and economic relevance?

By Daniel Chavez In recent years, many researchers and social activists from very different countries, like myself, have rediscovered the notion of the commons as a key idea to deepen social and environmental justice and democratise both politics and the economy. This reappropriation has meant questioning the vanguardist and hierarchical… »

27.12.2018

The enemy between us: how inequality erodes our mental health

The enemy between us: how inequality erodes our mental health

By KATE PICKETT and RICHARD WILKINSON for openDemocracy Inequality creates the social and political divisions that isolate us from each other. When people are asked what matters most for their happiness and wellbeing, they tend to talk about the importance of their relationships with family, friends… »

22.12.2018

The need for a European Citizens’ Initiative on Universal and Unconditional Basic Income

The need for a European Citizens’ Initiative on Universal and Unconditional Basic Income

In 2013, a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) on Universal and Unconditional Basic Income (UBI)[1] was carried out, but the one million signatures required were not collected and for some activists the action was a failure. The truth is that, back then UBI was not as well-known as it… »

22.12.2018

China, 40 years of Reform and Openness

China, 40 years of Reform and Openness

I recently returned from my first trip to China and I am still thinking about everything I saw, which undoubtedly made me realize – once again – how much distortion comes from the press, manipulated by Western interests, on a daily basis. We construct our picture of the world on… »

22.12.2018

Thousands protest at Hungary’s President of the Republic’s residence days before Christmas

Thousands protest at Hungary’s President of the Republic’s residence days before Christmas

Once again, several thousands of people protested Hungary’s government in Budapest on Friday night.  The series of protests were sparked by the two laws passed by Parliament last Wednesday on the scandalous session characterised by the whistles and sirens coming from opposition MPs. Today’s protests … »

15.12.2018

Overtime Act sparks series of intense anti-Orbán protests in Hungary

Today will see the third consecutive day of anti-government protests in Budapest. People are  expressing their anger on the street over the… »

15.12.2018

400 hours Overtime Act passed by Hungarian Parliament

400 hours Overtime Act passed by Hungarian Parliament

In what amounts to be the biggest scandal of Hungary’s Parliament since the regime change, the… »

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