Aid payments are dwarfed by what’s lost to spurious debts, profit extraction, and dodgy invoicing, but help to feed a narrative of the industriousness and benevolence of developed countries.
“What this means is that the usual development narrative has it backwards. Aid is effectively flowing in reverse. Rich countries aren’t developing poor countries; poor countries are developing rich ones.”
“In other words, for every $1 of aid that developing countries receive, they lose $24 in net outflows“
“Ryanair is to recognise pilot unions for the first time in its 32-year history in an attempt to prevent strikes in the run-up to Christmas.”
“Ryanair’s share price fell almost 8% on Friday after its announcement.”
This system is broken.
A couple of book recommendations from Dr Malham: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism and Economics: The User’s Guide, both by Ha-Joon Chang.
The pro-capitalism argument of ‘look at these things that it has achieved’ is based on the assumption that these things couldn’t have been achieved under any other system.
I enjoyed the No Gods, No Masters documentary for giving a bit of a historical lay of the land of anarchism. However, it’s very battle-heavy and full of conflict. (Maybe it has to be?) Regardless, I would like to see a companion piece with more discussion on the history and evolution of the ideas, not just the struggle. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5t1cr7
If money is the end, anything is game for the means. “Don’t be evil” evidently not compatible with “unending pursuit of profit”. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/19/google-facebook-anti-refugee-campaign-secure-america-now
Pretty stomach churning, Thatcher’s close relationship to Pinochet.
Enjoyed the Accidental Anarchist documentary. Interesting to see second recent mention of Abdullah Ocalan, Bookchin and democratic confederalism (other recent one being Adam Greenfield ‘s talk at Virtual Futures.)
‘Artificial artificial intelligence’ – using cheap, manual labour to make it seem like you have some fancy machine learning.
“The “counterculture” that celebrated the early Internet and stamped it with utopian fantasies is not synonymous with the “counterculture” of student protests, civil rights, women’s rights, or the anti-war movement.”
It’s time to fix things – a review of “Move Fast and Break Things”
Really enjoying @paulmasonnews’ reading of Postcapitalism. Makes the book very accessible.
“Information goods conflict fundamentally with market mechanisms.” Postcapitalism.
the ‘increasing role of financial motives, financial markets, financial actors and financial institutions in the operation of the domestic and international economies’
“One of the most worrying long-term consequences of financialisation is the reduction in the capacity of democratic states to meet the demands of their citizens over the demands imposed on them by financial and corporate institutions, institutions which are increasingly free from the responsibilities that were imposed upon them by confident social democracies in the middle of the last century.”
Money from nothing. Paperless money. Became a core tenet of neo liberalism. (Source: postcapitalism)
Summary: "Thanks to the UK's crazy 'first past the post' electoral system, there's only way the UK can end austerity and neoliberal government in the next general election, writes Rupert Read: if centre and left parties join in a Progressive Alliance that represents the majority of voters."
Progressive alliance seems like the best hope of averting another 5 years of the Conservatives on June 8th. Is it feasible?
The Green Party election broadcast for the upcoming local government elections flags the refugee crisis, NHS, inequality, climate change, lack of investment in renewables, as key issues. Important issues, but not really issues that local government has much say over? I also would like the video to focus a little more on the very positive and progressive policies that the Greens have, rather than just saying what is currently wrong. But maybe that doesn’t fit so well into a short election broadcast.
Summary: "Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams’s Inventing the Future argues that the contemporary left must revive its historically central mission of imaginative engagement with futurity. It must refuse the all-too-easy trap of dismissing visions of technological and social progress as neoliberal fantasies. It must seize the contemporary moment of increasing technological sophistication to demand a post-scarcity future where people are no longer obliged to be workers; where production and distribution are democratically delegated to a largely automated infrastructure; where people are free to fish in the afternoon and criticize after dinner. It must combine a utopian imagination with the patient organizational work necessary to wrest the future from the clutches of hegemonic neoliberalism."
Good review of Inventing the Future.
From a designer’s perspective, some tips on using open data in a project.
Anytime a government refers to citizens as consumers, something is seriously wrong.
Design that respects human rights, human effort, and human experience – prioritised in that order.