The neoliberal, social engineering experiment in privatisation has been an economic failure and a social disaster. Underpaid, insecure, fearful people can become desperate. They can look for someone to blame, and someone to save them.… Read More What if Labor has still got it all wrong?
Labor clearly is in climate denial. You cannot promote huge fossil fuel extraction projects if you understand the climate is critically close to tipping into unstoppable runaway. Or perhaps it is already tipping, for all we know… We, the Australian public, are paying extra to trash the planet faster.… Read More Labor’s climate denial, and lies
What is good for one boss is not necessarily good for all bosses. To see the point, imagine all bosses stopped paying their workers. No-one would have money to buy anything and the economy would collapse. The bosses would go broke too.… Read More Higher wages are good for the economy
The ‘skills shortage’ that we hear of incessantly reflects two things. One is that we have not been educating and training our young people properly. That would be because our TAFEs have been outsourced and wrecked and our universities gutted in the name of neoliberal market fundamentalism.… Read More Jobs summit: Aren’t we capable of providing for ourselves?
Why are children being imprisoned? The law of the land says children as young as ten can be ‘detained’, incarcerated, whatever euphemism you want to use for prison. When did this happen?… Read More Things we should ban, right now
If instead we say that the cost of living has just gone up, we might decide that everyone needs to make do with a bit less. We might decide that the wealthy are fine to look after themselves but the struggling battlers could use a bit of help. We might increase welfare payments, unemployment benefits (remember those?) and the minimum wage. We might close a few gaping tax loopholes to cover the cost.… Read More Don’t call it inflation
It is getting harder to place non-mainstream commentary in either online or traditional media. The reasons are not very clear, but the continuing disruptions by social media evidently are the underlying problem. My take on our society is anchored in my analysis that reveals mainstream economics to be hopelessly misguided and misleading, and in my… Read More Thrival economics?