Near-billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya spoke with unusual frankness to, in his words, the “leaders of the future” at Stanford Graduate School of Business in November 2017.… Read more
Why are some British politicians so keen on injecting “competition” into the the lives of working people?
Andy Beckett: “In the early years of the 21st century, the inevitability of an ever more competitive, deregulated, internationally orientated market economy, to which both government and society were subordinate – a doctrine often called neoliberalism – was accepted right across the mainstream of British politics: from the Thatcherites who still dominated the Conservative party; to the increasingly pro-business Liberal Democrats, who would soon form a coalition government with the Tories; to the Scottish National party, whose then leader Alex Salmond praised Ireland and Iceland for their low corporate taxes; to the Blair cabinet itself, where, I was told by a senior Labour figure in 2001, “You won’t find a single member with anything critical to say about capitalism.” It was assumed by the main parties that most voters felt the same way.”
Tony Blair, 2005: “… there is no mystery about what works: an open, liberal economy, prepared constantly to change to remain competitive.”
Will Davies: “At a key moment in the history of neoliberal thought, its advocates shifted from defending markets as competitive arenas amongst many, to viewing society-as-a-whole as one big competitive arena.… Read more
Directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick talk about their PBS documentary series, The Vietnam War.… Read more
On NovaraFM, James Butler, Dawn Foster and Danny Dorling discussed the housing crisis in contemporary Britain.
Professor Danny Dorling, talking about the empty blocks of flats littering cities:
“Housing doesn’t work by the laws of supply and demand.… Read more
Is Boris Johnson encouraging simplistic notions of national identity in an attempt to further his political career?… Read more
Why did The Times newspaper place a large colourful photo of the younger members of the British royal family on its front page?… Read more
It’s understandable that people lose hope when their countries are being run for the benefit of 0.01% of the population. Here’s a reminder that this situation is not new, and that hope does bring change.
Dazed from being repeatedly hit over the head with the false message that Brexit and Trump are the “will of the people”, demoralised from misinformation and fake news, it can be easy to admit defeat, to accept the reality designed for us by a small number of psychopath heir-tycoons and their useful idiots in the media and government.… Read more