Category Archives: Reclaim the State

The ‘truth sandwich’ and the impacts of neoliberalism

On June 15, 2018, the OECD released their report – A Broken Social Elevator? How to Promote Social Mobility – which provided “new evidence on social mobility in the context of increased inequalities of income and opportunities in OECD and … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Debriefing 101, Framing and Language, Friends like this, Labour Force, Reclaim the State | 10 Comments

European-wide unemployment insurance proposals – more bunk!

The Europhiles have been tweeting their heads off in the last week or so thinking that the corner has been turned – by which they mean that Germany is about to get all cuddly with France and agree to fundamental … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, Reclaim the State | 13 Comments

Oh Scotland, don’t you dare! – Part 2

This is Part 2 in my two-part series analysing the 354-page report from the Scottish Growth Commission – Scotland – the new case for optimism: A strategy for inter-generational economic renaissance (released May 25, 2018). In Part 1, I considered … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Reclaim the State, UK Economy | 41 Comments

Oh Scotland, don’t you dare! – Part 1

The 354-page report from the Scottish Growth Commission – Scotland – the new case for optimism: A strategy for inter-generational economic renaissance (released May 25, 2018) – could have been published by the IMF given its adherence to the flawed … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Reclaim the State, UK Economy | 15 Comments

The ‘if it is bad it must be Brexit’ deception in Britain

The UK Guardian has its ‘Brexit Watch’ page, which is regularly updated with commentaries from this and that ‘expert’, purporting to provide a sort of on-going scorecard of what is happening on that front. Many commentaries usually include some statement … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Reclaim the State, UK Economy | 9 Comments

The assault on democracy in Italy

I decided to write an extended blog post today (Wednesday) because events in Italy are so interesting. My usual short post on a Wednesday will resume next week. George Soros is now saying that “everything that could go wrong has … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Eurozone, Reclaim the State | 28 Comments

The Europhile Left use Jacobin response to strengthen our Brexit case

Regular readers will recall that Thomas Fazi and I published an article in the Jacobin magazine (April 29, 2018) – Why the Left Should Embrace Brexit – which considered the Brexit issue and provided an up-to-date (with the data) case … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Demise of the Left, Reclaim the State, UK Economy | 9 Comments

Die schwarze Null continues to haunt Europe

Last Tuesday (May 15, 2018), the new German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz stood up in the German Bundestag and delivered his first fiscal policy presentation. Not only was “die schwarze Null” (Black Zero) sustained but in his address, the new … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Eurozone, Reclaim the State | 4 Comments

The Europhile Left loses the plot

Regular readers will know that I have delved into social psychology in the last decade or so as a way of educating myself on why ideas survive when their logical consistency is lacking and their empirical content is zero. I … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Demise of the Left, Reclaim the State, UK Economy | 23 Comments

The World Bank should be defunded

Australia is currently being shocked on a daily basis with the revelations in our Royal Commission on Banking, which show that our financial services sector (banks, insurance companies, financial planning, etc) is deeply corrupt, with criminal behaviour clearly rife. Hopefully, … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Future of Work, Reclaim the State | 7 Comments