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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

Mediocrity can win power but not a referendum - Robin McAlpine

The SNP has a strong record of competence in government. It is credible, respected. It is a broad church which has managed successfully to encompass both the left and the right. It is a party of and for its members. It is in no-one's pocket. It still manages to be bold, strong,…

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Added by joe taylor on October 14, 2016 at 12:13 — No Comments

Hinkley nuclear power station is a Trident weapons “stealth initiative”, expert claims

Expert accuses government and corporations of collusion over nuclear weapons projects

WESTMINSTER is pouring billions into a dodgy nuclear power project to hide the mammoth development costs of Trident weapons of mass destruction, an Oxford academic has…

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Added by joe taylor on October 13, 2016 at 8:58 — No Comments

Why Theresa May is lying to you. What her spending plans reveal about her promises of change - Luke Davies.

In her party conference speech Theresa May promised to transform the Conservatives into the ‘party of the workers, the party of public servants, the party of the NHS’. She declared: ‘it’s time to remember the good that government can do’.

Journalists on…

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Added by joe taylor on October 9, 2016 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Socialism for the 21st century: Labour transformed - Jeff Goulding

Labour have pledged to be even more radical in power than the Attlee government of the 1940’s. In September 2016, on the banks of the Mersey, they laid down the policy foundations that could well deliver on that bold promise. In just one year, the new leadership has completely transformed the party’s outlook. This shift to a more radical set of proposals is as necessary today, as it was seventy years ago.

In 1943, with the war…

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Added by joe taylor on October 2, 2016 at 7:50 — 2 Comments

Socialism for the 21st century: Labour transformed - Jeff Goulding

Labour have pledged to be even more radical in power than the Attlee government of the 1940’s. In September 2016, on the banks of the Mersey, they laid down the policy foundations that could well deliver on that bold promise. In just one year, the new leadership has completely transformed the party’s outlook. This shift to a more radical set of proposals is as necessary today, as it was seventy years ago.

In 1943, with the war…

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Added by joe taylor on October 2, 2016 at 7:50 — No Comments

How a social movement behind Corbyn can defeat the Tories

The re-election of Jeremy Corbyn is an historic defeat for Labour’s right wing, the mainstream media and the political establishment. Now, the social movement behind his resounding victory can inspire the defeat of the Tories well before 2020.

We cannot wait until the next scheduled general election. By then, the NHS will be in pieces, public services cut to the bone and schools turned en masse into privately-run academies or grammars. Inequality is certain to widen and planned…

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Added by Gerry Gold on October 1, 2016 at 12:09 — No Comments

On Jeremy Corbyn: let’s end cynicism and embrace (critical) hope - Joel Laszarus

I just want to make three points about Jeremy Corbyn and his re-election. I want to argue the following: (1) Ultimately, we should analyse Corbyn’s role in terms of its significance as part of a growing counter-hegemonic war of manoeuvre against capital – a role that has ensured nothing less, in my view, than the ideological death of neo-liberalism; (2) I am deeply sadden by those espousing socialist views and values who express feelings of cynicism and fear…

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Added by joe taylor on September 26, 2016 at 11:38 — 12 Comments

Find each other and act! - Paul Mason

Corbyn has won with 62% – and today much of the focus will be on: what does he do next?

I’m posting this from the conference hall floor where there’s almost a visible generational change: people in suits from the Blairite era alongside people with wild coloured hair and nose rings definitely not from the Blairite era.

He clearly has to compromise enough to bring a majority of…

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Added by joe taylor on September 26, 2016 at 9:50 — 3 Comments

9 Innovations That Could Become the Next “Big Thing” - Nitya Timalsina

Halfway into 2016, it is clear that we are living in a new era of innovation. Beyond Silicon Valley, corporations and startup hubs worldwide are tackling big problems like water scarcity and cancer. The concept of the “next big thing” is becoming redundant because breakthroughs have…

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Added by joe taylor on September 23, 2016 at 7:57 — No Comments

Provoking nuclear war by media - John Pilger

The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it. The Guardian allowed a brief commentary. Such a rare official admission was buried or suppressed, understandably. It would explain too much about how the rulers of the world rule.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague has quietly cleared the late Serbian…

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Added by joe taylor on September 21, 2016 at 11:15 — No Comments

A note on Deutsche Bank - David Malone

Deutsche Bank, one of Europe’s behemoths, is in very deep trouble having lost 90% 0f its share price value since 2007, has been falling sharply all this last year (48% loss this year) and, with its $42 Trillion in Derivatives exposure was singled out by the IMF, as the bank which ,…

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Added by joe taylor on September 20, 2016 at 22:08 — No Comments

The Progressive Case for Replacing the Welfare State with Basic Income - Scot Santens

It appears some establishment voices have picked up on a way of opposing the idea of the monthly citizen dividend of about $1,000 per month, known as universal basic income (UBI), in a way that successfully leaves some progressively minded people afraid.

The fear inspired is that those with the greatest need may be left worse off with UBI compared to the existing status quo of more than 100 government programs that currently…

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Added by joe taylor on September 20, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

Kevin McKenna: Why the powers that be fear Jeremy Corbyn

Words like "unedifying" and "unpleasant" don’t even begin to describe the campaign that the British establishment have undertaken to destroy Jeremy Corbyn. Try "sinister" and "malevolent" and "venomous" instead. Yet, when you assess the nature of the forces which are lined up against him and then observe how his very name brings them to a point where they begin to boil and froth, then you know Mr Corbyn must be a good man.…

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Added by joe taylor on September 19, 2016 at 17:27 — No Comments

State schools face solar tax hike - but private schools exempted - The Guardian

Many state schools with solar panels are set to be hit with a tax hike, according to government plans, but private schools, free schools and academies will not be affected due to their charitable status.

Campaigners say the move will end the installation of solar energy for most schools.…

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Added by joe taylor on September 19, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

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