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A Progressive Alliance: The Radical Case

By Jeremy Gilbert

Thursday 16 March 2017

Our Past and Present Reality

Although the Labour Party has existed for over a century, only once have we actually come from opposition to win a convincing parliamentary majority. No, it was not in 1945, when Labour had been part of the wartime coalition government for 5 years already. The only...

This article is aimed at outlining a strategy to create authentically progressive communities, and help them to spread values such as social justice within society. Through the creation of progressive communities, individuals would have the possibility to perform social roles that are consistent...

Basic Income and Institutional Transformation

By Louise Haagh

Friday 24 February 2017

Most misunderstandings concerning basic income arise from exaggeration about what a basic income can or ought to achieve. This is illustrated in reasonable points raised by Ruth Lister in her recent piece in this series. For me the basic income addresses some fundamental problems in...

Our storm of change

By Compass Management Committee

Friday 24 February 2017

At the end of the film Terminator 2 Sarah Connor looks across the New Mexico desert and says ‘there is a storm coming’. That storm is here. The aftermath of Storm Doris is nothing compared to the aftermath of the political storm sweeping our country.  Last night it tore through Labour in...

The Progressive Alliance and Hard Brexit

By Leo Aylen

Monday 20 February 2017

I was for a time a serious competitive middle distance runner, nurtured on the mantra of the great Franz Stampfl who coached Bannister to the four minute mile: “Go on until you want to die .. and then .. sprint.” Success coming out of despair.

Does the current political situation drive us...

Money is a women’s issue

By Barb Jacobson

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...

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