New Oxfam Report at the opening of the World Economic Forum in Davos: this inequality is unsustainable
Interesting new report of Social Europe
A very interesting and relevant comparison between Speenhamland the BI: a warning from history?
Excellent article of Daniel Zamora in Jacobin!
No, it is not a good solution…
an interesting article of F.H. Pitts and A.C. Dinerstein
“This paper critiques popular academic understandings of development towards a post-capitalist,
post-work society based around the automation of production and the provision of a basic income to
those displaced by its effects. By focusing on work and its escape as the central issue at stake in the
transition to a postcapitalist society, these accounts miss how, at one end, capitalist work is
preconditioned by a historically-specific set of antagonistic social relations of constrained social
reproduction, and, at the other, by the specific social forms assumed by the results of that work in
commodity exchange and the constituted form of the nation-state.”
Social protection is a human right, but how many benefit?
New Report with disastrous but very interesting data
Almost a generation ago now! It was in 2001 that the first World Social Forum (WSF) was organised in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the city of the Workers’ Party of future president Lula da Silva and the city of the participatory budget. There was hope, much hope, and a belief that ‘another world’ was possible and that we could shape it. This became the slogan of all future WSFs.
There were not that many people at this first meeting, though the fact that almost 15.000 people from all over the world gathered at short notice was a real surprise. Those who had taken the initiative, people from the Brazilian Workers’ Party (PT), intellectuals from Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia, such as FranÃ§ois Houtart, people from the French monthly Le Monde Diplomatique… It was a real success and one year later they were 50.000 to make the trip to Brazil, with more than 1000 journalists! The World Social Forum was the answer to the World Economic Forum in Davos and wanted to propose an alternative to the neoliberal globalisation. Continue…
IMF’s ‘Fiscal Monitor’ is very interesting, with new ideas about ‘redistribution’ (!), taxes, health and education, as well as arguments against and in favour of a universal basic income.
Universal Basic Income, if implemented in India, can be a potent political tool for the Narendra Modi govt going into the 2019 Lok Sabha elections
On the IMF evaluation report on the institution’s approach to social protection
For many years now, neoliberalism has been declared dead. The report of the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the IMF on the institution’s approach to social protection shows this is far from true. And it does not look as if human rights, universalism and redistribution are going to be part of the IMF-agenda soon. Continue…