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The Road to Utopia

Did you know that Richard Nixon almost introduced a basic income policy in 1969? In what he described as ‘the most significant piece of social legislation in our nation’s history,’ Nixon proposed guaranteeing all US citizens a modest amount of … Continue reading

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We need to talk about duties as well as rights

For the last fortnight I’ve been doing jury service. The case I was assigned was an unpleasant one, but overall I found the experience surprisingly rewarding. My fellow jurors were an engaged, intelligent bunch. As we sat in the courtroom … Continue reading

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The shame of being British

On the morning of 24th June, like many who had voted to remain in the EU, I felt a range of unpleasant emotions: shock, sadness, anger, dejection, despondency. I spent most of the day lapping up the anti-Brexit commentariat’s outpouring … Continue reading

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If we’re going to build a new politics, we have to move beyond left and right

When I saw a headline on the New Statesman website last week about “a budding progressive alliance”, my first reaction was excitement. I’ve been boring friends for at least a year now about the need for a realignment of British … Continue reading

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Why I’m voting Labour

I was born in 1989, just as history, according to American political scientist Francis Fukuyama, ended. The Berlin Wall fell when I was six months old. Liberal democracy and free market capitalism were triumphant. And, according to Fukuyama and friends, … Continue reading

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Towards a better capitalism: how can business reduce poverty?

One possible definition of business – borrowing the Marx-infused jargon of the early-twentieth-century Left – is the process by which labour is transformed into capital. Poverty, defined in similar terms, is a result of the fact that capital is less … Continue reading

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Generation Inequality

Inequality is experiencing something of a renaissance. After the end of the Cold War, the lesson learned by the Democrats under Clinton and then the Labour Party under Blair was that harping on about inequality was a sure-fire way to … Continue reading

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