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Hard Evidence: this is the Age of Dissent – and there's much more to come

Hard Evidence: this is the Age of Dissent – and there's much more to come | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
There were more protests in Britain last year than at any time since the 1970s.
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How Low Can Rates Go? - BBC Radio 4

How Low Can Rates Go? - BBC Radio 4 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Martin Wolf examines how the search to revive growth is testing the norms of economics.
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How Austerity Has Crippled the European Economy

How Austerity Has Crippled the European Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Europe’s post-crisis response of fiscal austerity, neoliberal structural reforms and expansionary monetary policies has unambiguously failed.
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Austerity finally hits Greek farmers

Austerity finally hits Greek farmers | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Greek agriculture has proved surprisingly resilient, but tax increases now threaten the very survival of farmers.
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50 Ways to Leave the Euro: Greece and the Global Crisis

50 Ways to Leave the Euro: Greece and the Global Crisis | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The problem is all inside your head, I told the GreeksThe answer is easy, you need only stop the leaksThe power is yours to claim the freedom that you seekThere must be fifty ways to leave the Euro          (Apologies to Simon and Garfunkel)
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Eurozone crosses Rubicon as Portugal's anti-euro Left banned from power

Eurozone crosses Rubicon as Portugal's anti-euro Left banned from power | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Europe’s socialists face a dilemma. They are at last waking up to the unpleasant truth that monetary union is an authoritarian Right-wing enterprise that has slipped its democratic leash, yet if they act on this insight in any way they risk being prevented from taking power. 

Brussels really has created a monster.

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We must challenge Austerity and the Deficit Lies | TLE

We must challenge Austerity and the Deficit Lies | TLE | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
By Professor Mary Mellor  The Labour U-turn to vote against Osborne’s fiscal charter ‘trap’ is welcome, but it cannot stop there – Labour needs to open up a real debate about public access to money in a modern economy. Osborne’s aim to enshrine in law that States must not run deficits is profoundly undemocratic. It …
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Yanis Varoufakis has a message for Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott and John McDonnell about austerity

Yanis Varoufakis has a message for Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott and John McDonnell about austerity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Yanis Varoufakis, the former finance minister of Greece, has appealed directly to Jeremy Corbyn, the new shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and the new shadow secretary for international development Diane Abbott at a meeting of the People's Assembly in London.
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Because You're Worthless - Challenging The Current Economic System in 3 Minutes

Because You're Worthless - Challenging The Current Economic System in 3 Minutes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
3 minutes | Poem by Agnes Török on the news of a new Conservative budget. Based on experiences of living in Britain under austerity as a young, queer, unemployed, female immigrant student - and not taking it...
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Greece Is Just The Beginning Of The Great Austerity Backlash

Greece Is Just The Beginning Of The Great Austerity Backlash | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- The global politics of austerity seeped into the press room of the White House on Monday, the day after the Greeks voted overwhelmingly to reject a harsh bailout deal with Europe.

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Addressing the Senate, an Anti-Austerity Economist Criticizes U.S. Budget Policy

Addressing the Senate, an Anti-Austerity Economist Criticizes U.S. Budget Policy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
There is much confusion, politically sown, about what debt is, what it does and what it costs. This includes the false ideas that the government deficit is unsustainable, that “entitlements” are bleeding us and that paying interest on the national debt displaces money that would otherwise be spent on public programs.
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This referendum is a fight between the Greeks and Europe’s cruel capitalism | Aditya Chakrabortty

This referendum is a fight between the Greeks and Europe’s cruel capitalism | Aditya Chakrabortty | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

urope’s top politicians agree that the Greeks will vote this Sunday on one of the most important questions facing any nation. Yet they can’t settle what that question actually is. For Alexis Tsipras, the Greek prime minister, it is about whether his people will tolerate any more “strict and humiliating austerity”. Not so, says Germany’s Angela Merkel. She reckons the Greeks are choosing between staying in the euro and returning to the drachma. The stakes are raised higher still by the boss of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker: come next weekend, “the whole planet” will find out whether Greece wants to remain in Europe.



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Investing in the care economy: a gender equitable alternative to austerity

Investing in the care economy: a gender equitable alternative to austerity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A new report by the United Kingdom (UK) Women's Budget Group for the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) shows that sustained (...)
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The dot on my forehead: how we understand the crisis is part of the crisis - /The Rules

The dot on my forehead: how we understand the crisis is part of the crisis - /The Rules | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
It wasn’t long before I too learned to connect the dots. I learned to see that the austerity-induced Structural Adjustment Program of General Ibrahim Babangida in 1986, then lauded as an ingenious economic solution to Nigeria’s problems, was a creature of the IMF, the World Bank, and the Trojan sentiments of free trade.
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'Handbag economics' and the other myths that drive austerity

'Handbag economics' and the other myths that drive austerity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The basic justification for austerity is that the public sector must "live within its means". There is a plausibility in the claim that the state is like a household that should not spend more than it earns, but this kind of ‘handbag economics’ draws its analogy from an entirely mythical family budget. We already know that real households do not live within their means; if they did, the economy would grind to a halt.
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Think the Tea Party Is Crazy? Europe's Rising Neo-Fascism Is a Taste of What's Coming If Austerity Prevails in America

Think the Tea Party Is Crazy? Europe's Rising Neo-Fascism Is a Taste of What's Coming If Austerity Prevails in America | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Cutting social programs and government investment is a recipe for the growth of fascism.
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Welcome to Austeria – a nation robbing its poor to pay for the next big crash | Aditya Chakrabortty

Welcome to Austeria – a nation robbing its poor to pay for the next big crash | Aditya Chakrabortty | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
It’s clear George Osborne intends to make austerity permanent. Those at the top will benefit, but hard times beckon for everyone else
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Bill Gates' attack on capitalism is nothing to cheer | Daniel Ben-Ami

Bill Gates' attack on capitalism is nothing to cheer | Daniel Ben-Ami | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Daniel Ben-Ami: Recent criticism of the markets by billionaires such as Gates is anti-capitalist but conservative. It fits neatly with austerity
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Austerity was a political choice. Now it’s starting to look like a bad one

Austerity was a political choice. Now it’s starting to look like a bad one | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Tax credit cuts, the latest extension of Osborne’s policy, have for the first time provoked outspoken criticism of the chancellor from the right as well as the left
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Phelps Gets It Wrong On Greek Austerity

Phelps Gets It Wrong On Greek Austerity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Truger responds to Phelps's denial of Greece's austerity measures, saying the findings are based on a data error, explaining why.
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'Oxi to Osborne': UK campaigners take Greek inspiration in budget protests

'Oxi to Osborne': UK campaigners take Greek inspiration in budget protests | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Demonstrations including a mass ‘die-in’ outside parliament planned to coincide with expected announcement of sweeping cuts to benefits
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Greek unions promise popular revolt over bailout

Greek unions promise popular revolt over bailout | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The anger and despair in Greece has not receded after Tuesday's bailout deal, claim Athens trade union leaders
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Why the Greek referendum is relevant to people living in austerity Britain

Why the Greek referendum is relevant to people living in austerity Britain | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As George Osborne goes to the dispatch box next week to deliver his emergency budget, the collective voice of Greece’s people will reverberate through his mind. They will either have accepted the policies of the European Union and International Monetary Fund (IMF), and assured him that fear can beat hope, that austerity will continue to be the order of the day.
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What Austerity Looks Like Inside Greece - The New Yorker

What Austerity Looks Like Inside Greece - The New Yorker | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Two months on from the election, the government’s pledge to address the economic crisis is colliding with the stipulations of Greece’s creditors.
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