Category Archives: Reclaim the State

Britain should reject the Brexit ‘agreement’ but proceed with the exit

It is Wednesday, and only a short blog post beckons today. I have restrained myself from commenting on Theresa May’s unbelievable Brexit deal, which has the dirty paws of the European Commission all over it. Regular readers will know that … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Capital controls, Demise of the Left, Fiscal Statements, Framing and Language, Politics, Reclaim the State, UK Economy | 24 Comments

The flexibility experiment in Portugal has largely failed

Portugal has been held out by the Europhile Left as a demonstration of how progressive policies can manifest in the European Union, even with the Fiscal Compact and the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). In 2015, after the new Socialist … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Eurozone, Reclaim the State | 3 Comments

Financial services agreements – the EU as a neoliberal, corporatist project

I have been reading the new book by Costas Lapavitsas – ‘The Left Case Against the EU’ – which has been recently published. It is solid and clearly explains why the EU is not an institution or structure than anyone … Read the rest of this entry »

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

Left-liberals and neoliberals really should not be in the same party

This week’s theme seems to be the about how the so-called progressive side of the economic and political debate keeps kicking ‘own goals’ (given a lot of this is happening in Britain where they play soccer) or finding creative ways … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Eurozone, Fiscal Statements, Framing and Language, Reclaim the State, UK Economy, US economy | 35 Comments

Progressive political leadership is absent but required

One of the themes that has emerged in the discussions of the British Labour Party Fiscal Credibility Rule (which should be renamed the Fiscal Incredulous Rule) is when is the right time for a political party to show leadership and … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Music, Politics, Reclaim the State, US economy | 45 Comments

The AfD and its ilk is a sideshow in the neoliberal takeover

The weekend before last I was in Germany (and Bavaria) at the same time as the – Bavarian state election. The results for the SPD (Social Democratic Party) were disastrous losing 20 seats (down from 42) and gaining only 9.7 … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Eurozone, Framing and Language, Politics, Reclaim the State | 42 Comments

Exploring the effectiveness of social media – Part 2

This is another addition in the ‘Exploring the effectiveness of social media’ series, which I last discussed in the blog post of the same name – Exploring the effectiveness of social media (September 5, 2018). This is current research I … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Framing and Language, Reclaim the State | 12 Comments

The conservative polity is fracturing – an opportunity for the Left

Regular readers will know that I have spent a lot of time writing about the demise of the Left political parties as they became subsumed with neoliberal economic ideology, which blurred the political landscape as the ‘centre’ moved to the … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Fiscal Statements, Framing and Language, Reclaim the State, Reclaiming community, UK Economy | 13 Comments

Public infrastructure investment must privilege public well-being over profit

One of the principle ways in which so-called progressive political parties (particularly those in the social democratic tradition) seek to differentiate themselves from conservatives is to advocate large-scale public infrastructure investment as a way of advancing public good. You can … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Fiscal Statements, National Accounts, Politics, Reclaim the State, Reclaiming community | 10 Comments

Politicians think the public is more right-wing and conservative than it actually is

It is Wednesday and so a short blog. I am working on a number of things at present but getting the material sorted for my next book with Thomas Fazi is a priority at the moment. My snippet today though … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Music, Politics, Reclaim the State, Reclaiming community | 23 Comments