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December 2013 Blog Posts (9)

Austerity, Unemployment - The Role of Central Banks.

For those trying to understand how and why austerity, unemployment and the decimation of public services is being undemocratically forced on the world's population, the role of central banks, such as the European Central Bank, the Bank of England and the US Fed, might be somewhat vague.
 
A recent paper by Norbert…
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Added by joe taylor on December 29, 2013 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

The year we found our rulers out

As 2013 draws to a close, we can say with some certainty that while none of the major questions facing humanity are any nearer finding a solution, there is a renewed determination amongst ordinary people to reject how things stand in the search for answers.

So we have to thank our political classes for small mercies. Their ineptitude, arrogance, indifference and sheer inability to counter powerful capitalist economic and financial forces has spurred people on throughout the…

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Added by Corinna Lotz on December 23, 2013 at 17:46 — 6 Comments

If Scrooge did social enterprise

"I am in the presence of the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come?" said Scrooge.

The Spirit answered not, but pointed downward with its hand.

"You are about to show me shadows of the things that have not happened, but will happen in the time before us,"…

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Added by Jeff Mowatt on December 22, 2013 at 9:06 — No Comments

An Armchair Activist's guide to Christmas

Earlier this week, when I was doing a webinar for Natcan and GlobalNet21, I was asked if I would do a blog post about how to be an armchair activist at Christmas.

So I've put down a few simple ideas to try to cut unnecessary consumption, reduce waste, and buy from more ethical sources.

Link here: http://ruthstokes.com/an-armchair-activists-guide-to-christmas/

Added by Ruth Stokes on December 20, 2013 at 11:55 — 1 Comment

Conference Speaker's Webinars

Hi All

Ruth Stokes' webinar about what individuals can do was almost as good as her book. She spoke for 15 minutes and then answered questions.

Here's the link to the…

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Added by joe taylor on December 17, 2013 at 20:30 — No Comments

Six things you can do to fight unwanted planning developments

I have recently helped CPRE Sussex develop a crowdsource map which allows anyone to report inappropriate planning developments that ride roughshod over local concerns.  This is new with  only about 20 points on the map and we are trying to get more information. I realise this project only applies to a small corner of England, but it may spark ideas and others may want to borrow, adapt and build upon what we are trying to do in Sussex

Along with the map, I have set out below a kind of…

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Added by Gavin Barker on December 14, 2013 at 22:55 — No Comments

The End of Sovereignty by David Malone

In part one I wrote, ” …in every country the people who run the State have largely decided they no longer wish to serve the people but prefer instead to serve the interests of a Global Over-Class”. I believe we are in the midst of an historical shift in the alignment of loyalty and political power, away from democracy. I want to make it clear I do not believe the new…

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Added by joe taylor on December 14, 2013 at 0:24 — No Comments

Pope Francis challenges trickle-down economics

At first glance there would appear to be no connection between a Pope and the people of Ukraine rising up against corruption.

In his first major "apostolic exhortation" Pope Francis has focussed on the need for the economy to evolve to serve people.

“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which…

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Added by Jeff Mowatt on December 8, 2013 at 8:07 — 3 Comments

Can you create communities?

Radio 4, 9am Monday morning. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03jz1hn

Added by Kate Gordon on December 1, 2013 at 23:28 — No Comments

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