Category Archives: Demise of the Left

Countering the march of the robots narrative

I read a very interesting Report last week – False Alarmism: Technological Disruption and the U.S. Labor Market, 1850–2015 – published on May 8, 2017 by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and written by Robert Atkinson and John … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Future of Work | 30 Comments

British mainstream media spreading dangerous MMT ideas

The British newspaper, The Independent seems to be getting in beds with Commies lately. The evidence I elicit is the recent article (November 4, 2017) – Actually the magic money tree does exist, according to modern monetary theory – by … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Demise of the Left, Reclaim the State, UK Economy | 22 Comments

When the mainstream Left gets lost down its Europhile hole

Thomas Fazi and I recently published an Op Ed in Social Europe (October 20, 2017) – Everything You Know About Neoliberalism Is Wrong, which is a precis of the main arguments in our new book Reclaiming the State: A Progressive … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Euro book | 28 Comments

Three recent interviews – transcripts and video

Today, I have translated two interviews I did while I was in Europe recently. The original interviews were in Spanish. The first interview was with Andrés Villena Oliver for CTXT and was published in the Spanish newspaper Público. It was … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Economics, Eurozone, Fiscal Statements, Job Guarantee | 9 Comments

Travel and beyond …

My blog today is short as I have been travelling back home and trying to land on both feet – running! Today, you can view a video of the Berlin event on September 28, 2017 and find out what the … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Admin, Demise of the Left, Eurozone, Reclaim the State | 7 Comments

Video of Reclaiming the State presentation, Brighton, UK September 25, 2017

I am now in Helsinki where the weather is distinctly cooler (did I say colder) than it has been down in Southern Europe the past week. I don’t have much time for writing today. Tomorrow, we will be conducting a … Read the rest of this entry »

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The role of literary fiction in perpetuating neo-liberal economic myths – Part 1

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog – Reflections on a visit to New Zealand – which began by summarising some research I am working on which will be presented (with Dr Louisa Connors) at the upcoming MMT conference … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Fiscal Statements, Framing and Language, US economy | 62 Comments

Progressives should move on from a reliance on ‘Robin Hood’ taxes

There was an article in the International Politics and Society journal (August 27, 2017) – Robin Hood had the right idea – which continues to demonstrate, how in my view, the Left has gone down a deadend path with respect … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Climate change, Demise of the Left, Economics, Framing and Language | 32 Comments

Reclaiming the State

On June 3, 1951, the Socialist International association was formed in London. It is still going. It is “a worldwide association of political parties, most of which seek to establish democratic socialism”. Its roots date back to the C19th (to … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Debriefing 101, Demise of the Left | 11 Comments

The divide-and-conquer strategy of the CIA in France 1985-style

A good friend sent me a document that was released under the US Central Intelligence Agency’s rules about archives. The CIA has established a fabulous ‘Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room’ where all sorts of stuff is released after … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Economics, Framing and Language | 4 Comments