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There’s nothing green about bio-energy

There’s nothing green about bio-energy

The Bio-fuel Deception: Going Hungry on the Green Carbon Diet by Okbazghi Yohannes, Monthly Review Press, review by Penny Cole The story of bio-fuels is a moral tale of how marketised, profit-driven responses to climate change will both fail to solve the problem and cause unconsidered damaging outcomes. As millions of hectares of land are […]

A decade after the crash, a fairer, kind...

A decade after the crash, a fairer, kinder capitalism is simply delusional

Ten years ago, the world economy ground to a halt in the wake of the biggest financial crash in the history of capitalism. The vastly overinflated atmospheric layer of global credit had burst. The banks and the entire financial system were in trouble, big trouble. Bear Stearns and Northern Rock led the collapse. Then on […]

Everything you wanted to know about neol...

Everything you wanted to know about neoliberalism but were afraid to ask

A profound crisis is threatening humanity. Democratic politics is being driven out by authoritarian populism in country after country. The planet’s fragile ecosystem is under unprecedented assault as a result of profit-seeking overproduction. International conflict looms more threateningly than at any time since the 1930s. Last, but not least, the global economic system has been […]

Why we need a governing legislative fram...

Why we need a governing legislative framework at the heart of a new written constitution

In the e-book Democracy Unchained, Chapter 2 charts the rise of a corporatocracy that has re-fashioned the state to serve the needs of powerful corporations and their shareholders – particularly over the last 30 years. It states: “By the 21st century, fewer than 100 transnational corporations (TNCs) dominated the world economy …” and “… some […]

New democratic constitution key to Corby...

New democratic constitution key to Corbyn’s plans

You couldn’t argue with most of Labour’s manifesto drafted by Jeremy Corbyn and his team. Abolition of tuition fees, extra resources for schools and the NHS, building 100,000 new affordable homes, lifting the public sector pay freeze, increased resources for local councils, repeal of the hated bedroom tax and recent anti-union laws all feature in […]

How to create our own future

How to create our own future

There’s no shortage of critiques of capitalism these days, but realistic and inspiring proposals for the means to replace it with something better are rare. Inventing the Future goes some way to filling the gap. Review by Gerry Gold Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams kick off with an in-depth examination of the lack of results […]