Featured Blog Posts – July 2015 Archive (6)

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

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

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