Capitalism

Ten New Year's Resolutions for Ethical Capitalism in 2015

Ian Baxter | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Baxter

The end of January is rapidly approaching, but it's not too late to adopt some good habits for the year ahead. As a small business owner I'm a big fan of capitalism. There is no other economic system that generates the wealth we need to make society work...

Balls to the Rat Race!

Sara Damergi | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Damergi

Like lots of people I had a dream to travel the world. Not in bite size two week trips. I wanted to really travel and have the luxury of getting to know a country inside and out, to do yoga in India, stay with tribes in Vietnam and generally be a bit of a hippy with an income that required little work.

How Have Millionaire Tories Convinced Us Immigrants and the Poor Are to Blame for Poverty?

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Politics
Rob Owen Bell

As long as the public continues to accept the assurances of the rich that we have to suffer so that they don't have to, the bitterness created will continue to create divisions between ethnic and religious communities that should be working together to destroy zero hour contracts and ensure proper funding for the NHS.

Sorry Russell Brand, But Capitalism Is a Force for Good and You Know It

Ian Baxter | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK
Ian Baxter

Dear Russell, You don't know me but my name's Ian and I'm a capitalist. I know you won't find it fashionable but it's true. I invest capital in my business expecting a return. The bigger the better if I'm honest.

Black Friday Sales - A Fine Example of Unadulterated Capitalism

Dilly Hussain | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Dilly Hussain

Everyone loves sales. Whether it's the latest Xbox game, kitchen appliance or electronic gadget, people are always looking for bargains, especially during the run up to Christmas. But there's a stark difference between lining up for Boxing Day sales and the animalistic behaviour witnessed last week during the "Black Friday" sales...

Some Thoughts on Charity at Christmastime

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

If we want to stamp out homelessness, and poverty, and starvation, and all of the other problems we are currently facing, the answer doesn't lie in a donation once a year. If we really want to challenge these social ills, we have to bond together and stand in solidarity with the less fortunate - all year round.

Bandaid: If This Is Modern Britain At Its Best, I'm Afraid There's Little Hope

Byron Dean | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Byron Dean

certainly admit that celebrity activists and good-natured donators alike are doing more to help the impoverished and diseased in the short-term than are cynical philosophers. Yet the maverick in me cannot help but condemn the whole affair.

Russell Brand: Not Funny, Not Clever and NOT for Real

Sean Howlett | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Politics
Sean Howlett

In my humble opinion Russell Brand is not a funny man. His jokes are childish and boring and he revels in the kind of scatological humour which winds up most 'right-thinking' people.

Band Aid Is Offensive

John Wight | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

Band Aid reinforces negative stereotypes of Africa and Africans. It reflects a colonial mindset that is so deeply entrenched in Western culture that we aren't even aware it exists. The sight of a bunch of rich pop stars parading themselves as paragons of virtue and heroes is crass and eminently offensive. While it may allow them to wallow in self congratulation and positive PR, it is paternalism of the most grievous kind.... Ultimately, it is not Africa that needs to be saved, it is us. Only when we are saved from the greed and paternalism that distorts our understanding will Africa and the rest of the developing world finally begin to emerge from under the iron heel of Western hegemony.

Capitalism vs Climate = Mindless Consumption vs Real Wellbeing

Dr Teresa Belton | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK
Dr Teresa Belton

Hopefully there is a growing recognition that the kick we get as we take possession of yet one more pair of shoes, or a DVD that we may watch only once, or a shiny replacement for the still working but tired-looking gadget, is but short-lived

What Monopoly Teaches Us About Capitalism and the Welfare State

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Attacks on the welfare state by politicians of all parties are now commonplace. It seems we've forgotten what the welfare state is for and why it is so important. It's time to take a fresh look at the welfare state and the game of Monopoly helps us do just that.

Listen To Russell Brand And David Graeber On 'Mafia Capitalism'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Politics

Russell Brand and professor David Graeber have called for the debts of "ordinary people" to be cancelled in an impassioned attack on "mafia capitalism...

All the Ambivalence of a Citizenship Ceremony

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Politics
Hamza Hamouchene

Today, I have become a Citizen of the British imperialist state. As if that wasn't bad enough, I also had to swear my allegiance to "Her Majesty", her Heirs and Successors, a bunch of idlers, thieves and expropriators (to use the current lexicon: benefits scroungers!). Offensive, isn't it?

The Communist Manifesto: A Masterclass in Political Propaganda

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

Nonetheless, if you haven't read The Communist Manifesto and you're feeling a little bit rebellious, get yourself a Horlicks, snuggle up in your factory-manufactured duvet and enjoy this masterclass in revolutionary propaganda.

Changing the Climate and the Future of Green Politics: Part 2/3

Marienna Pope-Weidemann | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Politics
Marienna Pope-Weidemann

Capitalism is different from what came before. No previous society has accumulated and concentrated wealth on a comparable scale. The ecological crisis is a symptom, the most deadly symptom, of a social crisis in human beings' relationship to our environment. It makes more sense to talk of capitalist, rather than anthropogenic climate change.

Is it Time to Bury Capitalism?

Adam Hamdy | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

If we are ever to have a hope of rebalancing the books, meeting the future costs of the NHS, and satisfying our pension liabilities we need to look beyond capitalism. It's served a fortunate few well, but it has failed the majority. It's time to bury it alongside socialism and look for a better successor to both.

Exploited Workers in Hong Kong Went on Strike This Week to Call for Pro-Democracy

Martin Gemzell | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Martin Gemzell

Seven years ago China promised 2017 elections by universal suffrage for Hong Kong. In a referendum this summer hundreds of thousands of voters demanded open nomination of candidates. Yet Beijing in August said only candidates approved by a selection committee would be allowed to stand.

Naomi Klein: Capitalism vs The Climate

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

Klein's fundamental argument is simple: in order to prevent global warming, we need an ideological shift away from neo-liberalism towards a fairer, greener and more egalitarian form of society

Why We Should All Be Proud Of Pride: The Film

Lisa Higgins | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lisa Higgins

After the screening, held in a swanky cinema at London's Barbican centre, a world away from a Welsh pit mine, various friends of Mark Ashton stood up to thank Warchus for portraying the events in such a truthful way, some of them weeping, they were so proud.

Owen Jones Conspires Against The Establishment

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

Owen Jones uses an impressive amount of official government data to present what some critics have predictably deemed a conspiracy theory. Such an obvious and flattering denunciation only proves what we already know: Jones has the establishment clutching at their golden little straws.

Notes From A Caribbean Island...

Ian Baxter | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Baxter

So you might think Cuba is a rather sad place with not a lot of hope. But that's not the Cuba I saw. As if buoyed on by its musical heartbeat (Salsa and Rumba are everywhere) I saw a Cuba where the human spirit is very much alive.

Common Sense Politics in The Grapes of Wrath

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

In The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck supports collective ownership: 'If this tractor were ours it would be good - not mine, but ours. If our tractor turned the long furrows of our land, it would be good. Not my land, but ours.'

Women Against Feminism, Privilege and Feminist Activism

Louise Pennington | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

Nothing irritates me more than the misappropriation of humanism, which is a centuries old intellectual movement based on rationality and science. The term itself predates feminism by nearly a century so how humanism can be the response to feminism is beyond me.

Awakening From the Malaise

Dr Mark Esposito | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK
Dr Mark Esposito

The world is heating up in these past months, like never before, but it is not because of climate change only. Yes certainly we have now reached level of irreversibility that we were hoping they would never occur, but we have been silly about this for a prolonged period of time.

Garden Capitalism

Tom Johnson | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Tom Johnson

It seems that studying Plato, master of the philosophical analogy has rubbed off on me. In a system in which the interlinking of government and capitalism has created a politically endorsed economy, the original foundations have been oft neglected and I wanted to get back to how, at least in theory, our public and private sectors interlink.