Capitalism

The Sharing Economy: Communism or Hyper Capitalism?

Markus Barnikel | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Markus Barnikel

Until now we have been approaching our cars and our apartments without thinking economically. If we want to change that, it is neither communism nor turbo capitalism. It is not to reach a higher moral goal either and certainly not an evil act. It is simply reasonable and in addition also human and beautiful.

The Political Grounding of American Christianity

Tony Sobrado | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Tony Sobrado

In a stunningly ironic way it is the political equivalent of survival of the fittest that seeks shelter under a religious cannon. The religious Americans have there ultimate dream cake and eat it: the pre-eminence of self-regard on this earth is the right thing to do for yourself, others and God and as a consequence you are spiritually rewarded for it in the afterlife.

Circular Economy: Integrating 'Life' into Businesses Responsible for 'Tomorrow'

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

The current economy with linear production where only products are built to be discarded at the end seems to be a game where everyone is out to lose.

Attachment Parenting IS Feminist

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

Attachment parenting doesn't acknowledge capitalism or patriarchy as deities the way mainstream parenting does. Attachment parenting (the practices involved in) supports a woman's right to understand how her body works, how powerful she is in the life of her child and in wider society and how awesome her biology is.

Tony Benn's Funeral: The Conflict Between Politicians' Words of Praise and Everyday Actions

Matt Hawkins | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

It can sometimes stick in the throat to hear these politicians eulogising about "honour" when they seem so short of it themselves... Nick Clegg praised Tony Benn for being a "fervent defender of what he believed in", seemingly forgetting his own paltry commitment to defend students from a hike in tuition fees.

Businesses 'Driven By Greed' Says Top Labour Spokesman

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics

Labour frontbencher Stephen Timms has accused businesses of being "driven by greed" and warned that unethical practises were "the natural way that cap...

In Memory of Bob Crow - Why I Remain a Committed Trade Union Member

Kester Brewin | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Kester Brewin

"Who will replace him?" These were the words that a colleague in education spoke when he heard about the sudden death of Bob Crow. Not an administrative enquiry, a question concerning who will put their name plate on his office, and who will take his place at meetings - no, this was in deeper meter, resonating with the feeling that "they don't make them like him any more".

Have People Misunderstood the Meaning of Capitalism?

Yousif Nur | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Politics
Yousif Nur

Four words essentially ended capitalism: Too big to fail. If that isn't fascism by its very definition, then clearly something big is missing. A model to look on and admire is Iceland - an economy that collapsed, arrested those responsible and now have a sound footing economically. That is what true capitalism is.

The Left Should Not Hitch Its Wagons to the Duggan Crusade

Paul Embery | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Embery

Defending the Mark Duggans of this world does nothing to advance the fight against poverty, injustice, low pay, privatisation, racism, inequality and war. Duggan was no Steve Biko, and it ill-behoves us to present him as a victim of racist state oppression.

Free-Market Ideology: The Destruction of Lives

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

Free-market (neo-liberal) capitalism has been the dominant type of capitalism for the last three decades; it failed spectacularly to predict the 2008 global economic crash, the second largest economic crisis in history, after the great depression.

Austerity and Consumerism: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Eliane Glaser | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Eliane Glaser

I wandered into a beautiful Shoreditch boutique called Labour and Wait the other day, and walked out with brown paper bags full of plain enamelled pie dishes and school canteen tumblers. Unpacking my purchases at home, I wondered why, given the asceticism of my purchases, I still felt my usual pang of shopper's guilt. If anything, it felt even worse.

The Branded Brand Vs the Bourgeois Elite

Robert Bradley | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Politics
Robert Bradley

It's hard to comment on something that's old news and still get your voice heard in this blogging sphere. There are so many of us now.. writers, journalist, doctors and celebrities. All with a voice, egger to expose our midnight left to right pillow thoughts to anyone, willing to read them, in this critical world of cynical writers that try to find words that rhythm.

The Pope on Capitalism: The Same Goes for Catholicism

Kester Brewin | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK
Kester Brewin

While Francis' analysis is correct, the problem is that capitalism is not the only system that acts in this way: religions - Catholicism included - also create problematic demands on us. Indeed, one could argue that the idea of God could be seen as an infinite demand: if God has said, for example, that being gay is sinful or having women leaders is wrong, who are we to even begin to argue?

Dysfunctional Capitalism - Obscene Wealth and Grinding Poverty Side by Side

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Adnan Al-Daini

You don't have to be a Marxist to feel a sense of outrage at these statistics. I trust that most of us with an ounce of sympathy for the suffering of fellow human beings would sense that the global economic system that engineers such disparity in the way people live is dysfunctional and requires serious reforms.

Natural Capital? There Is No Wealth but Life!

Michael Townsend | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Michael Townsend

It may be that the emerging concept of Natural Capital provides the answer we are looking for; a pragmatic expedient to modify business behaviour towards a more sustainable world, or is it naturally missing the point?

Can You be a Mummy Blogger and a Feminist?

Louise Pennington | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

Writing about making jam and homemade baby food and wearing high heels because they are something that you enjoy and something that brings you pleasure is a good thing but that doesn't necessarily make it a feminist choice. This doesn't mean there is something inherently wrong with making jam or wearing high heels but these are 'choices' that are made within patriarchal constraints.

Social Media Capitalise 101 for Filmmakers

Elliott Grove | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Elliott Grove

When Youtube (2005), Facebook (2007) and Twitter (2008) were born there were no systems in place to monetise web traffic. These websites have grown to become the elite in a handful of globally recognised social media websites along with Linkedin and Flickr.

Do You Agree With This Poll on the Economy?

William Bancroft | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
William Bancroft

Some interesting poll results have just been released, investigating what the British public think about our economy and the ways to fix it. The poll, by YouGov for the Centre for Labour and Social Studies, strongly suggests we're giving up on capitalism and want the state to run more of the economy.

In Search of Capitalism 2.0: Time For a Clean Slate?

Michael Townsend | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Michael Townsend

Since the collapse of communism, more than twenty years ago, capitalism has been, more or less, the only show in town. As a system for running our ec...

The Madness of Never-Ending Economic Growth

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

Countries' economies are driven by an obsession, continuous growth in the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The absurdity of this becomes clear with a little bit of thought. Never-ending growth that relies on extracting resources from a finite planet is, of course, a mathematical impossibility, but well before we reach that point, this obsession will render our planet uninhabitable.

Lumumba's Assassination Should Be a Lesson for All of Us

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Politics
Hamza Hamouchene

It seems that the African continent's name is so much associated with wars, famine, ethnic cleansing and brutal corrupt dictatorships. That's what we keep hearing in the Western mainstream media and that's what we get from the Western political discourse.

Walt, the 'Wire' and the 'Waltons' - The Logic of Family Values in Tough Economic Times

Kester Brewin | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kester Brewin

The Waltons lived within certain moral bounds, but Breaking Bad and The Wire clearly have an alternate code because when we say they will do anything to bring money in to bolster their families, we soon find out that this mean anything.

E, What a Waste

Mark Piggott | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Tech
Mark Piggott

Each year in the UK we discard over a million tonnes of so-called e-waste: all those old scanners, PCs, mobiles and an estimated two million TVs that either stopped working or have become "obsolete". Around half of these six million items could be repaired but it's usually easier and cheaper just to buy a new one.

A Hundred Hours a Week, That's a Bit Greedy Pal

Danielle Lowe | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Jamie Oliver has caused controversy recently. Saying young people should get up and go try working 100 hours a week. The reality is many people would love to just have a job. Let's remember how many people are currently unemployed in our country, it's in the millions.

Capitalism or Aid: Which has Lifted More People out of Poverty?

Alastair Roderick | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

So aid is done, right? Let's pack up and go home. Not so fast. As always with stories that can be condensed into an hour-long lecture, and even more for stories that can be condensed into a five-minute opinion broadcast, the picture is somewhat greyer.