The 1%, c'est moi | Stumbling and Mumbling The world's richest 1% own over half the world's wealth and we rail against the bankers, but the typical Brit in that bracket isn't a billionaire (of which there are only 1645 but a "50-something in a house in north London". Reducing inequlity, Chris Dillow explains, "might mean reducing our own privilege, not others"
A British Grand Coalition? Really? | The Waugh Room | | PoliticsHome Although he does claim some in Labour are "thinking the unthinkable" Paul Waugh remains a sceptic. He quotes the Pru CEO as warning of "a sclerotic consensus that fails to address the deep underlying structural problems of Europe" and academic pundit on UKIP, Rob Ford pointing to the Netherlands where grand coalitiion has led to the UKIP equivalent topping the polls. And hasn't Better Together also shown us the consequences?
Tributes to Mike Marqusee from around the web | Red Pepper Those who knew author and activist Mike who died this week will like the extracts from many lovely obits here - especially the beautifully written piece by Paul Mason - our paths may have diverged a little, but he will be missed - condolences to his partner Liz Davies and his family
By Vincente Navarro Dominant economic thinking, that is, neoliberalism, constantly uses lines of argument to create moods that make its proposals – always involving sacrifices by the masses – more tolerable and acceptable. These arguments are repeated in the mass media to the point they become the conventional wisdom. That is, the “platitudes” promoted by the […]
By François Delapierre* Amid this icy return to work, those who aspire to a thaw in the European climate, something [French Socialist President] Hollande has not achieved, have their eyes turned towards Greece, and their thoughts on Spain. The Greek people vote first on 25 January and the Spanish have their general elections in September 2015, and before […]
By Bernard Cassen Fingers in your ears and blindfold over your eyes: faced with the crisis, this is the policy of denial practised by the European Union (EU), especially with respect to the euro area. A policy is not judged by its intentions but by its results. And the results are catastrophic: the Eurozone is on […]
By Jacques Sapir A Greek exit from the Euro, following the election on 25 January, is no longer unthinkable, Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted in the German weekly “Der Spiegel” on Saturday. This is an important statement, which can be analyzed in two different ways, neither of which are opposed to the other. The first reading […]
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