Neoliberalism

27.09.2019

The dirty secret of capitalism — and a new way forward

The dirty secret of capitalism — and a new way forward

Nick Hanauer is a rich guy, an unrepentant capitalist — and he has something to say to his fellow plutocrats: Wake up! Growing inequality is about to push our societies into conditions resembling pre-revolutionary France. Hear his argument about why a dramatic increase in minimum wage could grow the middle… »

11.09.2019

The insidious ideology pushing us towards a Brexit cliff-edge

The insidious ideology pushing us towards a Brexit cliff-edge

For neoliberal zealots, no deal represents a great opportunity to dramatically reshape Britain By George Monbiot for The Guardian  At first sight it’s incomprehensible. Why risk everything for a no-deal Brexit? Breaking up their own party, losing their parliamentary majority, dismantling the UK, trashing… »

02.08.2019

Reclaiming the commons through state ownership? Maybe not

Reclaiming the commons through state ownership? Maybe not

Transnational state capital can be just as harmful as its private counterparts. We need local, democratic and sustainable alternatives. Milan Babic for OpenDemocracy This article is part of ourEconomy’s ‘Decolonising the economy’ series. In a 2001 essay, Naomi Klein passionately called for “reclaiming the commons” in… »

24.06.2019

Neoliberalism has tricked us into believing a fairytale about where money comes from

Neoliberalism has tricked us into believing a fairytale about where money comes from

Mary Mellor, Northumbria University, Newcastle for The Conversation There is nothing natural about money. There is no link to some scarce essential form of money that sets a limit to its creation. It can be composed of base metal, paper or electronic data – none of which is… »

17.05.2019

Encouraging signs of a new business ethos for a new society

Encouraging signs of a new business ethos for a new society

Neoliberal capitalism has been denounced recently as a destructive and dehumanising force responsible for human and environmental disasters. The alternative models are not easily found in corporate media where Margaret Thatcher’s TINA (“there is no alternative”) is still the orthodoxy for economists in power. It is, then, encouraging to find… »

19.04.2019

The 2016 coup in Brazil: the door to disaster, by Dilma Rousseff

The 2016 coup in Brazil: the door to disaster, by Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff / Brasil de Fato Three years ago today, Brazil’s lower house, chaired by a congressman who was convicted of corruption, started impeachment proceedings against me, even though there was no crime of responsibility to justify the decision. That congressional vote was one of the most disgraceful moments in… »

10.04.2019

Neoliberalism promised freedom – instead it delivers stifling control

Neoliberalism promised freedom – instead it delivers stifling control

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Creeping privatisation is rolling back the state to create a new, absolutist bureaucracy that destroys efficiency.  My life was saved last year by the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, through a skilful procedure to remove a cancer from my body. Now… »

22.02.2019

How neoliberalism is normalising hostility

How neoliberalism is normalising hostility

COUZE VENN 11 February 2019 for openDemocracy From working conditions to welfare policies, from immigration to the internet – this zero sum game of winners and losers benefits only the far right. The hostile environment is not just about the Windrush generation in the UK,… »

22.01.2019

What is the Question?

What is the Question?

By Howard Richards “The question is whether finance will promote economic growth and rising living standards or create unproductive credit and use government to enforce creditor claims by imposing austerity and reducing large swathes of the population to debt peonage.” This précis of the pickle that is our prison was… »

03.12.2018

Nationalisation Without Compensation

Nationalisation Without Compensation

“…The City of London is our enemy and will naturally attempt to resist or punish any attack on its continued ability to be the conduit for the hoovering dry of the national wealth…” When slavery was abolished in the British Empire, taxpayers paid huge sums in compensation to slave owners… »

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