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Grace Blakeley dissects the failure of finance capital and calls for radical measures to take it back under democratic control
In the heady days before the financial crisis, things were looking good for the UK’s finance sector. Between 1970 and 2008 it grew 1.5 times faster each year than the economy as a whole. In 1970 finance made up 5 per cent of economic output and 1.5 per cent of profits; by 2008 these figures had both risen to 15 per cent. This boom ended with the crisis of 2008, when the government committed at least £500 billion to bailing out the banks. But the fallout did not stop there: estimates of the impact of the crisis on the UK’s real economy place the lost output at between $2-7 trillion…
Winning elections is not enough. To transform society we need to involve the people in policy making, argue Kerem Dikerdem and Annie Quick
An election now seems inevitable, and while this should gear us up for one of the fights of our lives, making sure the next Prime Minister is a socialist cannot be an end in itself. Achieving democratic socialism requires not just the transfer of the levers of power from rightwing politicians to leftwing politicians, but a radical transfer of power and wealth from the elites to the people. This is about far more than fixing electoral democracy, and requires a total rethink of the state, and a democratisation of the way that we make and deliver policy…
Utopianism isn’t a rose-tinted optimism: it’s ‘the realism of hope’ we now desperately need, argues Jack Kellam
2020 has not been kind to the left, to say the least. The euphoric expectations that carried many of us through a cold and dark general election have been definitively dampened: first by an historic defeat at the polls, then by a new Labour party leadership eager to distance itself from a programme of fundamental social transformation…
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The Marxists Internet Archive, an online home for radical history, has a fascinating history of its own, writes Jack Archie Stewart
'Sensible' columnist Simon Hedges offers readers a modern day fable from his home village of Greatly-cum-Nutting
Burger King's foray into recent conflict in Azerbaijan is part of a historical trend of corporations weighing in – and benefitting from – conflict, writes Tommy Hodgson
Tara Okeke explores a timely exhibition which offers a compelling history of Black life in Britain through the lens of people, place and struggle
As the Elections Bill 2021 passes through Parliament, Mayowa Ayodele sees voter suppression as a Conservative goal while Lara Parizotto argues for radical pro-democracy reform
The professor of postcolonial studies at the University of Cambridge talks to K Biswas about Britain's sentimental attachment to its imperial past, via selective amnesia and deliberate obfuscation
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