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July 2015 Blog Posts (11)

The Great Housing Crisis

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

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Added by joe taylor on July 28, 2015 at 9:50 — No Comments

Why Labour should vote for Jeremy Corbyn

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.

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Added by Gerry Gold on July 23, 2015 at 22:15 — No Comments

Communities are the atomic elements of molecular democracy: Part 4 - Cormac Russell

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…

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Added by joe taylor on July 23, 2015 at 8:52 — 1 Comment

Beginner's Guide to Neoliberalism #3: World Domination

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.

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Added by joe taylor on July 20, 2015 at 14:54 — No Comments

Is NatCAN more good intent than action?

Of the 60 NatCAN groups, only 24 have any activity shown for 2015. At what point should a group be de-listed? After one year? Two years?



I can only assume that most contacts are like me - watchers - dip in and out occasionally to see what is going on. At 70 I gave up on committees and see myself as no more than a foot soldier and I now do things on my terms.



After five years running the Angel Row (Nottingham) History Forum for Notts Local History Assn I am stepping down… Continue

Added by Robert Howard on July 18, 2015 at 20:57 — No Comments

Communities are the atomic elements of molecular democracy, Part 3

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,…

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Added by joe taylor on July 17, 2015 at 17:07 — No Comments

Communities are the atomic elements of molecular democracy: Part 2

‘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?…

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Added by joe taylor on July 17, 2015 at 17:02 — No Comments

The £93bn handshake: businesses pocket huge subsidies and tax breaks - The Guardian

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…

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Added by joe taylor on July 8, 2015 at 15:39 — No Comments

Beginner's Guide to Neoliberalism #2: the House that Hayek built

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.

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Added by joe taylor on July 6, 2015 at 12:23 — No Comments

Communities are the atomic elements of molecular democracy: Part 1 - Cormac Russell

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…

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Added by joe taylor on July 2, 2015 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

The need for a new Information Commons

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…

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Added by Gavin Barker on July 2, 2015 at 18:03 — No Comments

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