Obscene wealth needs sanctioning, not the poor from whom it is stolen

The wealth generated by robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be owned by the companies which exploit it, exactly the same model which has exploited human workers since the Industrial Revolution. We have been sold a myth that robots will free us from work and provide us with more leisure time. The reality is that […]

Mental warfare – a battle for our minds

I feel as if someone has been drilling holes in my mind and filling them with poison. I am passionate about social justice and I am passionate about democracy, bottom up, that is, not top down. The Tories are wiping out people based on an insane binary view of humanity as either strivers or scroungers. […]

The connection between Universal Credit, ordeals and experiments in electrocuting laboratory rats

Originally posted on Politics and Insights:
I’m currently writing an article about the intimacy between neoliberalism and behavioural economics, following Richard Thaler’s recent Nobel award. While I was researching, I came across an Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) document about Nudge from 2012 – Tax and benefit policy:┬áinsights from behavioural economics, which suggested the introduction…

This Tory dystopia must end

Behind Theresa May on the stage in Manchester was a sign which read, ‘Building a country that works for everyone’. I am not sure where this mythical country might be, because we’ve already got one and once upon a time, before Thatcher, it did work better for everyone. Though poverty and hardship had not been […]

Don’t let the past be our future

Theresa May recently said in a speech to mark 20 years of the Bank of England’s independence, “A free market economy, operating under the right rules and regulations, is the greatest agent of collective human progress ever created. It was the new combination which led societies out of darkness and stagnation and into the light […]