Posts Tagged ‘Alternative Economic Strategy’

Deliberately engineered ignorance on the economy undermines Britain’s democracy

by Bryan Gould.

As with most elections, the Clinton dictum that “it’s the economy, stupid,” has held good in the general election of 2015 – with special emphasis this time on “stupid”. The debate about who has done or will do best in managing the economy has been even more confused and irrational than usual this time. It […]

There are 3 ways to cut the deficit – why has Labour chosen the wrong one?

by Michael Meacher.

The budget deficit, which has been far more central to this election campaign than it should have been, can be dealt with in three separate ways. It can be reduced by cutting net expenditure either by taxing the poor or by taxing the rich, or it can be reduced by cutting unemployment (the ‘automatic stabilisers’ […]

A slow-burning revolution is starting to overturn neo-classical economic orthodoxy

by Bryan Gould.

As the world struggles to deal with threatening outbreaks of violence – most dangerously, in the Middle East and the Ukraine – another less dramatic and slower-burning revolution is getting under way. This revolution does not threaten violence – but it does promise change, and almost certainly change for the better. The revolution that is […]

Market socialism: oxymoron or just plain moronic?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

These days the ‘99%‘ and ‘Another World is Possible‘ are slogans fluttering atop many a radical social movement. Yet on those occasions activists’ deliberations turn to what a post-capitalist future might look like, there will be a lot of talk about participatory democracy, community networks, the decentralisation of power and so on. The state might […]

Pain, no gain: the Austerity scam

by Jon Lansman.

To coincide with the Autumn Statement, PRIME Economics has published an excellent short pamphlet  Pain, No Gain: the Austerity Scam by John Weeks (Emeritus Professor of Economics, SOAS, University of London) which explains just why the deficit is not a problem – indeed is a necessary part of the solution – for the UK economy. In examining the […]

The economy, the state and my crisis of faith

by Daniel McAteer.

Last week I had a crisis of faith in Labour. Looking at the Scottish polling, it looks as if Labour’s journey back to government may be longer and harder than we thought. Yet that is not what caused my questions to synchronise into a cacophony of doubt. My worries are for what happens if we do get […]

Video: How to change the post-crash economy

by Newsdesk.

Hosted at the RSA by the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) and Verso books, an expert panel including Costas Lapavitsas – professor of economics at SOAS, Paul Mason, Culture and Digital editor, Channel 4 News; Mariana Mazzucato, RM Phillips professor in the Economics of Innovation at Sussex University; and Seumas Milne, Guardian columnist […]

Time for the low inequality, high performance alternative from Labour

by Bryan Gould.

There is no novelty is arguing, as George Osborne does, that there is no alternative to his destructive and divisive policies of austerity – TINA was, after all, the Thatcherite catch-cry and as misleading in her day as it is today. But it is surely stretching credulity too far to suggest, as John Harris did […]

Benneconomics – a tribute

by Andrew Fisher.

I got to know Tony Benn well when I worked as a researcher to the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs in the mid-2000s. I’d first met him when he was about to stand down from Parliament “to devote more time to politics“, a promise which he fulfilled. He filled venues around the country with […]

Why public investment is falling

by Michael Burke.

The level of public investment is falling in most of the advanced industrialised economies including Britain. The chart below appeared in the Financial Times and has attracted some publicity because it shows this decline in the US in stark terms.

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