Working class politics, the labour movement and protest – Unite’s Len McCluskey gave the annual Ralph Miliband lecture at the LSE last week. He frames working class politics within the notion that “all concepts of politics, of whatever kind, are about conflict──how to contain it, or abolish it.” He also reinforces Unite’s recent message of organisation beyond the workplace.
Hitchens, the “kitsch-left”, and the cult of the individual – Conrad Landin takes a look at the mythology around Christopher Hitchens, and wonders why left-wingers can’t get away from deifying such figures so soon after their deaths, or even in life. Written in November, and brought back to attention after a Twitter recommendation from the LRB’s Jenny Diski.
Graduates who went to private schools earn substantially more Graduates who went to private schools earn substantially more than those who went to state schools even if they went to the same university to study the same subject and who left with the same degree class, and got essentially the same job - this is the original IFS report
By Eddie Sanchez The wave of arrests of mayors and institutional and business leaders this week indicate the extent of corruption in our country. This is not about isolated behaviour, corruption is linked to our economic and political system and its collapse reveals the stark reality of it. We have a structural problem, related above all […]
As many as a million took to the streets of Rome on Saturday in a protest at the Renzi’s government’s labour counter-reforms, dubbed the Jobs Act. Giorgio Cremaschi analyses the strategy of the country’s largest union confederation that led the mega rally and suggests what is needed to defeat this latest neo-liberal attack on the Italian people The CGIL […]
There is no alternative but to end the fractional reserve banking system and make credit an essential public service, argues Juan Torres Lopez Private banks enjoy an extraordinary privilege: whenever a loan is granted they create money. Not coins or notes, which is what ordinary people think is money, but bank money, ie, payment through their accounts. […]
The French Prime Minister has revived the idea that the French labour market is overly protective of permanent employees. However, international comparisons show that this is not the case, argues Duval Guillaume “The functioning of the labour market is not satisfactory because it is not creating enough jobs, it generates significant inequalities between highly protected employees […]
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