This week a friend sent me this article by TV-villain-lawyer-looking Kenneth Rogoff about “keeping living standards on an upward trajectory.” (We like to exchange articles that we think will rile the other up, with some David Foster Wallace and articles about the bitcoin crash thrown in.) 728 more words
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Leeds NWLabour IWD2014: Leonie Sharp, a trade unionist from Otley, looks at the effects of austerity on women
As a Regional Organiser for UNISON I am well placed to comment on the current economic crisis and its disproportionate effects on women. I’m very interested in why women are hit so hard – and passionately committed to campaigning against the austerity, and against its effects on women. 1,174 more words
This is Tory Britain.
The Royal Bank of Scotland, which is 81% owned by the British Public made a loss of £8.24billion last year but still paid out £588m in bonuses, the bulk going to their already over-remunerated senior managers. 80 more words
In 1992, the average Ukrainian’s income was around 90% of the average Pole’s. Both countries had recently stepped out from under the Soviet Union’s shadow, beginning the messy business of rebuilding and restructuring their post-communist economies. 303 more words
i’m not proposing endless sating, accumulating, piling on and up, and continuously packing away to a level of unheralded ridiculousness. too much of even the most wonderful thing can topple over — and rarely are any excessive tangibles beneficial to self and society. 933 more words
One of the most conclusive articles I’ve seen on the factors overlooked by GDP. This piece in Foreign Affairs explains how the statistic is often misleading due to its failure to account for important components of quality of life, such as leisure time, economic diversity, environmental quality, infrastructure, and social capital.