Is Interest the Opiate of the Masses?

This is the title of an interesting article examining alternatives to interest bearing debt including Islamic finance. Now, looking at the website on which the article appears, I must emphasise that I am not of any religious persuasion and I’d be wary when it gives voice to some rather dubious – to me anyway –… Read more

Keeping Corbyn Out

This is from the latest blog post from Jonathan Cook. I consider it all worth reading, but in case you decide against, the final paragraph is worth some attention: As long as we colluded in the manufactured consensus of western societies, the system operated without challenge or meaningful dissent. A deeply ideological system destroying the… Read more

‘De-stress’ – by ditching neoliberalism

There is some interesting, if highly disturbing, research indicating that suffering stress during childhood ‘worsens ability to deal with it in later life’. Researchers found people who suffered high levels of anxiety at a young age had abnormal responses to stress in adulthood. Cortisol levels normally peak when we wake up and decrease steadily during… Read more

Basic Security is a superior public good since its value rises if everyone has it

This title is from an interesting article in ‘Open Democracy’ on Universal Basic Income by Professor Guy Standing. Comparing Universal Basic Income to Universal Basic Services he points out that what has been proposed is, in fact, far from Universal. And thus the proposals are beset by distributional problems. This is much the same view… Read more