Berfrois

TTIP and Corporate Takeover

TTIP and Corporate Takeover

Attacked and ridiculed, the leak of 243 pages of TTIP negotiations concerning climate, environment and public health prove that civil society organisations were right all along.

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The emergence of hedge funds was an accident of history, a gift to wealthy families…

The emergence of hedge funds was an accident of history, a gift to wealthy families…

If hedge funds go up and down alongside the market, and all but the top performers don’t even beat the market, the rationale for investing in them vanishes.

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Rob a Hoody

Rob a Hoody

Taking from the rich to give to the poor has been, is and should be the way forward for an exploited majority against remote, unaccountable concentrations of extreme wealth and power.

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‘Austerity is a trap for the left as long as they refuse to challenge it’

‘Austerity is a trap for the left as long as they refuse to challenge it’

Those who care to see know the real damage that austerity has had on people’s lives. From those needing care who now get so little, to those waiting longer for hospital treatment, and those whose homes might not have been flooded without the cuts from 2011.

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Friedman’s view largely prevailed. This was both an intellectual and a policy error…

Friedman’s view largely prevailed. This was both an intellectual and a policy error…

Economists struggling to make sense of economic polarization are, increasingly, talking not about technology but about power.

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How to Avoid Deficit Fetishism

How to Avoid Deficit Fetishism

When it comes to fiscal policy the politics of the right at the moment could be reasonably described as deficit fetishism. The policy of the centre left in Europe could also with some justification be described as growing appeasement towards deficit fetishism.

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European Community? Pah!

European Community? Pah!

The imposition of German demands on Greece, without consideration for its democracy, sovereignty or interests, is one of those moments that changes everything.

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‘The Troika are not acting in the long term interests of those they represent’

‘The Troika are not acting in the long term interests of those they represent’

At first sight the negotiations between Greece and the Troika seem to be simply a battle about resources: how much of the pie that is Greek national income their creditors should receive.

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Why do so many graduates end up in pointless and destructive jobs?

Why do so many graduates end up in pointless and destructive jobs?

To seek enlightenment, intellectual or spiritual; to do good; to love and be loved; to create and to teach: these are the highest purposes of humankind. If there is meaning in life, it lies here.

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Mediamacro are very good at pretending…

Mediamacro are very good at pretending…

A few weeks ago I was having dinner with David Cameron. Well, almost - we were at the same restaurant but on tables at the opposite sides of the room.

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Information Over Muskets

Information Over Muskets

Kim Jong-un, Vasily Galaktionov, 2013 by Sergei Guriev and Daniel Treisman The changing dictatorships Dictatorships are not what they used to be. The totalitarian tyrants of the past – such as Hitler, Stalin, Mao, or Pol Pot – employed terror, indoctrination, and isolation to monopolise power. Although less ideological, many 20th-century...

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Rise of the Robots

Rise of the Robots

In the next two decades, 47 per cent of employment is ‘in the high-risk category’, meaning it is ‘potentially automatable’.

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Greece Rejects Austerity!

Greece Rejects Austerity!

In one week I had seen plenty of misery in Greece’s train of misfortune. Apart from protest slogans covering public and private walls, the homeless people sleeping on the sidewalks, and the soup kitchens, it is the generalized distress that has struck me.

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Divestment is both moral and economically wise…

Divestment is both moral and economically wise…

When the fossil-fuel divestment movement first stirred on college campuses three years ago, you could almost hear Big Oil and Wall Street laughing.

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No-one ever got rich outside of social relations between people…

No-one ever got rich outside of social relations between people…

The rich get rich through wealth extraction, not wealth creation. It’s time that was put to an end.

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Dissenting Economics

Dissenting Economics

The dissent of students to the dominance of neoclassical economics in the curriculum is not new. As early as 2000, a group of French students organized under the name ‘Post-Autistic Economics’.

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Watching, Trading

Watching, Trading

So all is well, then? Certainly not. This is only the mandate for the EU negotiators. In any international agreement, it takes at least two to tango.

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