National Community Activists Network
Kirsty Styles is joined by economist Mary Robertson to chat about the origins of the accelerating UK housing crisis and how we can tackle it
Added by joe taylor on July 28, 2015 at 9:50 — No Comments
Jeremy Corbyn’s barnstorming campaign for the Labour leadership is intensifying the fear and panic at the top of a party that is displaying all the signs of fragmentation and a collective nervous breakdown.
The reappearance of former prime minister Tony Blair in order to attack Corbyn will surely add to the growing support for the Labour left-winger.
Added by Gerry Gold on July 23, 2015 at 22:15 — No Comments
Currently, populist theories of social and economic change in the Global North, suggest that crises’ in the domains of democracy, health, economics, and our ecological systems are matters exclusively for legislative and institutional reform. As argued previously in this series, the prevailing assumption is that these are the big-ticket political items of the day which can only be resolved, at scale, by technocrats. This assumption draws our focus away from small, local, relational…Continue
In the third of a special series for the Weekly Economics Podcast, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Chief Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about our economic system, the difference between capitalism and neoliberalism and how neoliberalism came to dominate modern day economics.Continue
Added by joe taylor on July 20, 2015 at 14:54 — No Comments
Added by Robert Howard on July 18, 2015 at 20:57 — No Comments
In the first part of this blog series, I argued for the need to shift from a Government centric approach to democracy towards a citizen centred one. In the second part I went on to make the case for re-interpreting social change within the context of the politics of small things. Challenging the prevailing view that social, environmental, economic and political change happens with a big bang, instead in line with Jeffery C. Goldfarb,…Continue
Added by joe taylor on July 17, 2015 at 17:07 — No Comments
‘We used to dream big, now we have a district commissioner who does that for us.’
Last week I finished with the question: What happens when citizens, families and communities stop performing community functions as a consequence of being colonised by top-down institutional ways?…Continue
Added by joe taylor on July 17, 2015 at 17:02 — No Comments
Taxpayers are handing businesses £93bn a year – a transfer of more than £3,500 from each household in the UK.
The total emerges from the first comprehensive account of what Britons give away to companies in grants, subsidies and tax breaks, published exclusively in the Guardian.
Many of the companies receiving the largest public…Continue
Added by joe taylor on July 8, 2015 at 15:39 — No Comments
In the second of a special series for the Weekly Economics Podcast, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation about how the once obscure ideas of theorist Friedrich Hayek moved from the fringe to the mainstream, ushering in the age of neoliberalism.Continue
Added by joe taylor on July 6, 2015 at 12:23 — No Comments
In this series of four blogs I’d like to think about active citizenship and democracy. In this regard, I will not be writing about:
How we can use civic muscle and our precious collective efforts to change a disinterested technocratic elite, fired by the moral mission of “society’s best and brightest in service to its most needy”.
Reforming systems, or how we can get our leaders to be better leaders, or even how we can lobby for…
In the election just gone, we witnessed once again just how much elections have morphed into marketing campaigns. As the Telegraph boasts ““The Conservative victory was the product of one of the most tightly-controlled electoral campaigns in British history”, one which deployed lies, manipulation and spin to play on ill-found public fears of a Labour-SNP…Continue
Added by Gavin Barker on July 2, 2015 at 18:03 — No Comments