Brave New Europe

An interesting new website has appeared this week called Brave New Europe. The goals are similar to progressive pulse but on a pan European scale. I have an article on how rising inequality is a market failure that needs fixing in order to avoid a continual sequence of economic and political crises.  … Read more

False conclusions on the Brexit vote

At least someone agrees with me that austerity caused the Brexit vote – even if it is only Alistair Darling on Radio4’s ‘Westminster Hour’. I have long been of the view that with the population increasing, yet with no investment in schools, housing, health or much else (apart from the largely useless prestige project of… Read more

Trickle up in pictures

How trickle down led to trickle up is probably a familiar story to most readers of Progressive Pulse but still it is worth seeing the evidence in the data. This data is for the US and comes from the work of Piketty, Saez and Zucman. (The UK is slightly less extreme but has been following the… Read more

BoM September 2017

Our September book of the month is Ann Pettifor’s production of money. Money makes the world go round: but what is it really? And how is it produced? Above all, who controls its production, and in whose interests? Money is never a neutral medium of exchange. Nor are bankers simply go-betweens for savers and borrowers…. Read more

Party funding problems

The news, some time ago now that the Tories are to be investigated yet again for breaking the election rules, this time through a call centre only goes to show they have so much money, they really don’t know what to do with it. Both the Information Commissioners Office and South Wales police, whose inquiry… Read more