February 2017 Blog Posts (9)

Why I won’t be giving up the fight for a socialist Labour Party - Jeff Goulding.

I’d like you to picture a scene. A father and son are hunched over their beers. They’re embroiled in a sometimes heated political debate. Strangely their politics are in complete alignment. Both are socialists. They are each sick of living in a society where greed and private profit…

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Added by joe taylor on February 25, 2017 at 15:31 — No Comments

Labour won Stoke. Jamie Reed lost Copeland - Paul Mason

For socialists in the Labour Party it will be a relief that the Blairite plan to stage two electoral disasters on one night failed. Nobody can claim losing Copeland was Jeremy Corbyn’s “fault”: the fault lies with the careerist right-winger who abandoned the seat in mid-session to take a…

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Added by joe taylor on February 25, 2017 at 15:25 — 18 Comments

How a Ruthless Network of Super-Rich Ideologues Killed Choice and Destroyed People’s Faith in Politics - George Monbiot

The events that led to Donald Trump’s election started in England in 1975. At a meeting a few months after Margaret Thatcher became leader of the Conservative party, one of her colleagues, or so the story goes, was explaining what he saw as the core beliefs of conservatism. She snapped…

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Added by joe taylor on February 24, 2017 at 9:08 — No Comments

The World’s First Poor Rich Country - Unair Haque

What’s the biggest event of our lifetimes, as far as political economy goes? ISIS, Brexit, the EU? No.

Today I came across a startling statistic: US life expectancy is falling to reach Mexico’s. It’s another confirmation: the US is going to be the world’s first poor rich country. That’s the biggest political economic event of our lifetimes: the unprecedented fall of a rich country, once the world’s richest, to become a…

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Added by joe taylor on February 23, 2017 at 10:08 — No Comments

How the Fed went from lender of last resort to destroyer of American wealth - Danielle DiMartino Booth

With a few exceptions, virtually all of those at the meeting were PhD economists who had earned doctorates at MIT, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and other top American universities. They met under the auspices of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the decision-making body of the…

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Added by joe taylor on February 23, 2017 at 8:07 — No Comments

Trump to Pull Out of the UN, Expel It from the US?

ROME, Jan 24 2017 (IPS) - So far, Donald Trump’s first decisions as president of the United States have left no doubt that he intends to implement his electoral threats, while most likely not fulfilling the promises he made as a candidate.

Barely 48 hours after his inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, a shocking report was circulated saying that “A bill was introduced early January that calls for the removal of the United States from the…

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Added by joe taylor on February 15, 2017 at 15:48 — No Comments

Are you a renter or a frequent mover? Don’t forget to Register to vote.- Cabinet Office

Frequent movers are one of the least likely groups of electors to be registered to vote in the UK.

It is estimated that the proportion of private renters who are registered to vote is 63%, compared to homeowners who are around 94%.

The challenges we face with transient populations are becoming more difficult to address especially in our inner city areas. Manchester, for example,…

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Added by joe taylor on February 14, 2017 at 9:26 — No Comments

How corporate dark money is taking power on both sides of the Atlantic - George Monbiot

It took corporate America a while to warm to Donald Trump. Some of his positions, especially on trade, horrified business leaders. Many of them favoured Ted Cruz or Scott Walker. But once Trump had secured the nomination, the big money began to recognise an unprecedented…

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Added by joe taylor on February 3, 2017 at 17:21 — No Comments

World War Zero Is the World Preparing for War? - Umair Haque

Mikhail Gorbachev thinks the world is “preparing for war”. What do you think? You’ve considered it by now, that much is certain. Let us try as best we can to answer the question: is the world gearing up for war?

Wars are often seen as…

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Added by joe taylor on February 1, 2017 at 11:17 — No Comments

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