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Climate change played a role in dozens of floods, heatwaves, and droughts last year - Natasha Geiling

In late September of 2015, residents of Miami woke up to find their streets inundated with several feet of water. But the flooding wasn’t brought by intense rainfall or a tropical storm — it was the result of historically high tides combined with rapidly rising sea levels. In other…

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Added by joe taylor on December 17, 2016 at 9:00 — 3 Comments

Universal Basic Income - Peter Diamandis

Some fear that robots and AI will steal our jobs.

They probably will (in the near-term, at least half of them).

If that happens, what will we do for a living? How will we earn money?

In this blog I’ll be discussing one of the most important proposed solutions to job loss due to…

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Added by joe taylor on December 14, 2016 at 9:13 — 3 Comments

The Broken Age - Umair Haque

What is the real story of this troubled age, an era of decline and fracture?

My story is that it is a broken age. Let me tell it to you with a single statistic, and explain what it means to me, and perhaps to you.

US life expectancy is falling. Now what can a single statistic tell us? I think the story of this age is hidden in that one simple number. After all, it is not just any…

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Added by joe taylor on December 11, 2016 at 13:37 — No Comments

How Liberalism Failed - Umair Haque

Deep down, you know: something’s gone badly wrong with liberalism. It lost its soul, somehow. Today, what is left of it is being repudiated across the world, rejected by society after society.

Why? I want to tell you the story of how liberalism failed. My story won’t be about money, power, and scandal. It will be about ideas. One idea, to be precise.

What is the most fundamental belief…

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Added by joe taylor on December 10, 2016 at 20:39 — 2 Comments

In work poverty hits record high - Joseph Rowntree Foundation

One in every eight workers in the UK - 3.8 million people - is now living in poverty. A total of 7.4 million people, including 2.6 million children, are in poverty despite being in a working family. This means that a record high of 55 per cent of people in poverty are in working households.  

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion…

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Added by joe taylor on December 7, 2016 at 12:57 — 1 Comment

This is the Britain (America and Europe) we live in today!

Teresa May, our new PM, stated that she wants a Britain that works for all and not just the wealthy and influential.  She re-stated this view at the recent Tory Conference, yet the reality is very different.  If one reads the newspapers, watches or listens to the news, it is not hard to see that what she and her colleagues say in public and what is real are completely at odds.  By simply perusing the information that is in the public domain, it is clear that the Tory party is…

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Added by Jeremy S Mills on November 28, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments

Hammond fiddles while the economy burns up

We had to wait for elder statesman Ken Clarke in questions from MPs to introduce, ever so gently, a reference to the threat of recession. It was the first and last time even a hint of reality entered the proceedings of the chancellor’s autumn statement.

Beyond the borders of the UK, however, and beyond the influence of the Tory government, the global economy is riven with crises of unprecedented proportions. Their consequences are being felt everywhere…

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Added by Gerry Gold on November 24, 2016 at 9:50 — No Comments

Culture Matters - David Malone

Over the last few months the Brexit debate brought to a head long running arguments about immigration, racism and multiculturalism. It has not been uplifting. People accused each other of being racists, haters, ignorant and lost, as simmering discontents and prejudices all came to the boil. Is it possible to address any of the issues from a different starting place, one that might be less polarised and poisoned? Here is my attempt.…

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Added by joe taylor on November 18, 2016 at 15:10 — No Comments

Only a struggle for democratic power can defeat Trump and the system

In 1989 US philosopher Francis Fukuyama announced that  political history would end by showing, as the Cold War finished, that constitutional, representative democracy and capitalism like America’s would prove the only viable system for the modern age.

This week a right-wing led insurgency against the very same political and economic system propelled maverick billionaire…

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Added by Paul Feldman on November 13, 2016 at 15:33 — No Comments

Only a struggle for democratic power can defeat Trump and the system

Under 30 years ago, the US philosopher Francis Fukuyama announced that  political history would end by showing, as the Cold War finished, that constitutional, representative democracy and capitalism like America’s would prove the only viable system for the modern age.

This week a right-wing led insurgency against the very same political and economic system propelled maverick billionaire…

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Added by Gerry Gold on November 11, 2016 at 20:25 — No Comments

Make finance the servant, not the master - Ann Pettifor

This piece is a response to John Mill’s challenge, ‘We need to rebalance the British Economy‘.

In her first big party conference speech, Britain’s new prime minister rode the wave of populist revolt that swept Britain before 23 June, 2016. “This…

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Added by joe taylor on November 2, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

The Britain that Theresa May is trying to build has unstable foundations - Caroline Lucas

Prime ministers like to build big things. They like to wear high-visibility jackets and watch concrete being poured. They like to cut ribbons. And they like a legacy.

Theresa May is different from past prime ministers in many ways, but it seems…

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Added by joe taylor on November 2, 2016 at 8:26 — No Comments

Tackling climate change demands democratic revolution

The Tory government’s decision to support construction of a third runway at Heathrow Airport underlines how the political and corporate world have become entirely alienated from the real world. This alienation is an outcome of the fundamental alienation at the heart of the capitalist system.

The…

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Added by joe taylor on October 31, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

Humanity missing in action: The uncivilised west - Jeff Goulding

It’s not been a great year for humanity has it? we seem to be lurching from one low point to another and just when you think we have reached rock bottom, new depths are somehow reached. For many of us it is hard to resist the creeping tentacles of despair.…

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Added by joe taylor on October 27, 2016 at 10:09 — No Comments

An exciting new idea in Basic Income - Jordan Greenhall

One of the biggest challenges to the Basic Income movement has been answering the question, “where do the funds come from”? After all, even a basic income of a mere $5,000 per year for every American adult carries a bill of $1.2 Trillion dollars a year — or just about a third of the entire Federal budget! Whether you propose to raise taxes, or to cut back on other governmental expenses to pay this bill, you will find a lot of well defended skepticism.

Recently, however, I was…

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Added by joe taylor on October 23, 2016 at 10:47 — No Comments

Dylan: A poet not a prophet - Jeff Goulding

Bob Dylan was recently awarded the Nobel prize for literature. Of course the award owes more to the truth in his lyrics, than the tune in his head. Nevertheless it is a richly deserved award. Though it may be fashionable to say I was, I’d be lying if I claimed I was a big fan of Dylan’s music. I did…

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Added by joe taylor on October 21, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments

An idea for Manchester’s new mayor: let the people decide where the cash goes: Paul Mason

When they looked at the strategic plan for Greater Manchester, presented in 2014, many local people were struck by the same thought: there was scant provision for democracy. There will be an elected…

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Added by joe taylor on October 19, 2016 at 18:31 — No Comments

Our Democracy is Fracked Up



By Inka Stafrace - freelance videographer- campaigner founder of polly tikkle productions:

The Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, is the head of the UK Department for Communities and Local Government. His department’s remit includes decentralisation (of power) and community cohesion amongst other things. So it is…

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Added by joe taylor on October 19, 2016 at 11:30 — 2 Comments

Doing Democracy - the People's Plan

When humans amalgamate, no matter the size of the collective, somehow, someone gravitates to the top of the pile then generally shows little, if any, inclination to relinquish that position. Having the biggest stick (totalitarianism, the divine right of kings) is one way of…

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Added by joe taylor on October 17, 2016 at 9:14 — No Comments

Brexit constitutional crisis reflects deeper disquiet

People rarely get the chance to have a direct say in political affairs but when they do, the consequences can be dramatic as the constitutional crisis that has erupted over Brexit testifies.

Parliament and the government are at bitter odds with each other, and Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, has announced plans for a new independence referendum on the grounds that her country voted heavily to remain in the European Union.

Oh, and there’s a major court case under way…

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Added by Gerry Gold on October 16, 2016 at 11:42 — No Comments

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