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Money is a women’s issue

By Barb Jacobsen

Friday 17 February 2017

After Thomas Paine published Agrarian Justice in 1795, it was for a long time thought to contain one of the earliest proposals for a form of basic income. He proposed a grant for young households and pensions for all over 50. But Thomas Spence went the whole way and proposed an unconditional...

Basic income: the power of choice

By J.

Friday 10 February 2017

Life is not a level playing field. From our birth to our death, each of our journeys is never quite the same. Nature and Nurture play a fundamental role in our lives. From our birth place to our caregivers, our physical and mental genetic make-up and the lottery which we call life. If we were...

Debunking the Democracy Myth

By Thomas Collins

Wednesday 08 February 2017

Democracy occupies a special place in our hearts. Conceived in Ancient Greece, debated over in the Magna Carta and fought over in the English Civil Wars; the right of the demos - the people - to have their say has always been a cherished ideal. A political system devised for power sharing is...

A review of Jason Brennan’s ‘Against Democracy’

By Dickie Bellringer

Monday 06 February 2017

Here we go again – another blow to our fondly-held beliefs about democracy! This book not only repeats many of the criticisms of democracy made in Democracy for Realists by Achen and Bartels, but actually argues that we should ditch democracy in favour of another form of government – not...

A day in the life

By Becca Kirkpatrick

Friday 03 February 2017

England, 2017 It’s 5:15am and the alarm goes off. My husband Daz is very disciplined in the morning and leaps out of bed to pull on his hoody and road-smelling hi-viz trousers. He’s off to Banbury to lay 80 tons of tarmac footpaths. The number of jobs Daz’s boss sends his gang to do has...

After a terrible 2016 for neoliberalism, 2017 is also going to be a very dangerous year, for what is perceived by many as democracy, by others as the dominant establishment. Trump has gone to the White House and elections will be held in Netherlands, France, Germany.  However, progressives...

Black women, Gender Equality and Universal Basic Income

By Tracey Reynolds

Friday 27 January 2017

Feminist debates have been central to discussions on the benefits and pitfalls of a Universal Basic Income for women and what this would mean for gender equality. Much of this focus has been of the care dimension of women’s contribution to the labour market. However this presupposes that women...

Could Northern Umbrella be our ‘Progressive Alliance’?

By Paul Salveson

Monday 23 January 2017

There’s lots of discussion on the centre-left about the idea of a ‘progressive alliance’ that could offer a united alternative to the increasingly rightward drift of the Tories and of course UKIP. There is a very specific ‘Northern’ dimension to all this which has been largely missed...

Coming off the fence on UBI?

By Ruth Lister

Friday 20 January 2017

I’ve always sat on the fence when it comes to universal basic income (UBI).  There’s much that is attractive in an approach that, in its pure form, does away with means-testing and contribution tests to guarantee every individual a basic income in their own right. I’ve thus also always...

The last Labour government (1997-2010) has fallen decisively out of favour, and may well be judged harshly by history. Despite its achievements (minimum wage, educational maintenance allowance, Good Friday Agreement, to name a few), its best known and most despised legacies are, to most, the...

Universal Basic Income and Women’s Liberation

By Ursula Huws

Friday 13 January 2017

From 1971 to 1978, the UK women’s liberation movement held ten national conferences at which it formally adopted a total of seven key demands. The fifth of these demands, added in 1974, was for financial and legal independence for women, accepted with widespread support across all wings of the...

Progressive Alliance: wide or narrow?

By Victor Anderson

Thursday 12 January 2017

The idea of “Progressive Alliance” has really taken off now, especially with the defeat of Zac Goldsmith in the Richmond Park by-election. As with most good ideas it is accumulating a sort of fuzzy vagueness, and so this seems like a good time to return to the question of what “Progressive...

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