Stereotypes, lying and government duty

Yanis Varoufakis has an article in which he suggests that Germany and France – the principal powers of the EU – are rather dysfunctional neighbours: At the heart of this Franco-German war is the clash between two Rs: the German commitment to rectitude versus the French penchant for redistribution. German officials greet every French government… Read more

BoM January 2018

Our January Book of the month is Democracy in Chains by Nancy McLean. Behind today’s headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance…. Read more

Everything you ever wanted to know about Bitcoin – and just a little bit more

There is a marvelous article in the ‘Washington Post’ (yes, I know it’s owned by Bezos, the man that owns Amazon, so is not my usual read either) but it provides the best summary of Bitcoin that I’ve yet encountered. I’ve quoted the introduction to whet the appetite: Bitcoin changes prices too quickly to be… Read more

The subterfuge of the tax return

In my recent talk on tax I unsurprisingly mentioned the tax return. Whilst it is not essential to our understanding of what tax is we should at least recognise it as the blatant subterfuge it is: This (tax summary) form was created by George Osborne. It is a shameless example of state produced ideological propaganda… Read more

Let’s try and abolish tax

In early December I gave a talk to the local Positive Money group about tax. Naturally this drew heavily on what I’ve discovered from TaxResearch.uk as well as Richard Murphy’s ‘The Joy of Tax’ and still other details that I have learnt here on Progressive Pulse. It is striking that on the Positive Money website… Read more

The importance of passports

The Conservative Party has issued a press release: “The UK passport is an expression of our independence and sovereignty – symbolising our citizenship of a proud, great nation. That’s why we have announced that the iconic blue passport will return after we leave the European Union in 2019.” It is rumoured that it will cost… Read more

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