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Over some two centuries those who have contributed to the corpus of British socialist politcal economy have wrestled with the ideological challenge of accommodating the consumer and the business of private consumption with their political economies.

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Freedom Today

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By Nick Stevenson

One of the curiosities of our time is the way that freedom has almost exclusively become the domain of the political Right. It is only markets that can make us free, or freedom is a life of our choosing without the state robbing us of our money or telling us how fast we can drive on the motorway.

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There needs to be a whole government response that reflects the complexity that people on low and middle incomes have to deal with in their daily experience: issues don't effect people one at a time.

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In his recent Thinkpieace (July 2011), Alan O'Shea drew upon the writings of Antonio Gramsci to identify what needs to be done to shift the political culture away from 'market fundamentalism' towards one in which the economy is subordinated to the needs of society rather than the other way around.

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The astute reader will detect from this article's highly intemperate tone that it is one written more in anger and in sorrow. Why is it that free trade cheerleaders like the Economist correctly identify the underlying cause of today's economic and social malaise i.e. globalisation, whereas the...

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Compass wants to build 'The Good Society'. The good society is both a means to an end and an end in itself. Yet we can easily begin to think of the good society as merely an end point to which someone else - a group of leaders, for example - is going to take us.

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After full experience of the insufficiency of the existing federal government, you are invited to deliberate upon a new Constitution for the United States of America.

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For the past few years Compass has been filling out a vision of the kind of society that greater equality, democracy and sustainablity would entail (encapsulated in 'the Good Society').

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The case that there are over a million people receiving Incapacity Benefit who should not be, which has driven a major strand of welfare reform over fifteen years and which was a cornerstone of the New Labour project, was based from the beginning on selective evidence.

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In the short article that follows, I propose that Zygmunt Bauman's sociology has much to offer those who are currently seeking a new direction and a new sense of hope on the Left. I believe that many of the most compelling issues that we now face can only be understood through a sociological...

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Democracy

Cards on the Table

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By Michael Prior

The small increase in turnout seems mainly to have been previously Labour voters responding, perhaps a little wearily, certainly hesitantly to the old call to Keep The Tories Out which had become the drumbeat of most Labour-inclined commentators in the weeks before the election. This was most...

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The 'Big Society' promises much so its radical edge needs to be claimed by progressives who should seek to influence its direction, reclaiming the approaches associated with the wider Labour movement such as co-operatives and mutuals as genuine alternatives to one-size-fits-all centralised...

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