Author Archives: Dave Clegg

The left needs fresh ideas and a new language if it’s to win again

Rutger Bregman spares so-called liberals and progressives no punches in the online Guardian 8/19/16. Bregman castigates the Left for its pathetic failure in not seizing the moment after the 2008 U.S. “financial crisis… borne of blind faith in market wisdom and an utter lack of public oversight”. Bregman acknowledges that the Left has a long history of championing for the

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Money for Nothing – it Sounds Like a Utopia

The London-based Apolitical website’s article on basic income (BI) opens with “Money for nothing – it sounds like a utopia” and then looks at some examples of BI concepts that have already been applied around the world. This phrase, “money for nothing” represents a commonly held bias that, when there is no commodity returned for the money, whether that commodity

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SUMMARY: Guy Standing, “The Corruption of Capitalism: Why rentiers thrive and work does not pay”

Guy Standing has published a new book that became available on July 14, 2016, published by BiteBack.  The book notes that the implications of the Age of Rentier Capitalism go beyond the economic sphere as the plutocracy fund and influence political parties, while media ownership is concentrated in the hands of a few powerful individuals.The Corruption of Capitalism shows why, in the

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Hungary Matters, “Socialist leader: basic income is a means for better society”

Hungary Matters, “Socialist leader: basic income is a means for better society” A short commentary by Hungary Matters on an endorsement by the leader of the Hungarian Socialist Party József Tóbiás for basic income. The original story is published on Hungary’s non-partisan international political daily website ( As the authors note, Tóbiás said: “There is need for a radical paradigm

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Charles Alan Murray, “A Guaranteed Income for Every American”

Charles Alan Murray, “A Guaranteed Income for Every American” A column in the Wall Street Journal on June 3, 2016 by Charles Alan Murray an American libertarian political scientist, author, columnist, and pundit suggests that “replacing the welfare state with an annual grant is the best way to cope with a radically changing U.S. jobs market—and to revitalize America’s civic

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