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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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How To Make EU Social Policy Live Up To Its Name

How To Make EU Social Policy Live Up To Its Name | real utopias | Scoop.it
The economic crisis battering the EU and the EU’s response to it have posed a major challenge to the European social model. Not only have trade unions been highly critical of what the EU has done, but so has Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. In his first speech to the European Parliament he said: The measures …
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Big Fish, Little Fish | Michael Hudson

Big Fish, Little Fish | Michael Hudson | real utopias | Scoop.it
It seems part of a long-term strategy to cut back pensions, privatize them into individual accounts managed by Wall Street investment banks and insurance companies, and then to privatize Social Security.

This is part of the strategy to use the demand for budgetary balance to privatize the nations’ infrastructure too as it falls apart – on the ground that the government is broke, and cannot raise taxes on the rich or simply print the money itself to fuel economic growth.

It looks like Greece may be the test case for where the American economy is heading.
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How the right sold austerity as the only economic solution - The Guardian

How the right sold austerity as the only economic solution - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it
More than 30 years of neoliberalism and six years of austerity have floored us, yet the left is incapable of mounting a serious challenge to this economic orthodoxy. Why?
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Laszlo Andor: How To Address Social Imbalances In Europe

Laszlo Andor: How To Address Social Imbalances In Europe | real utopias | Scoop.it
Eu Commissioner Laszlo Andor discusses social imbalances in Europe and how to restart the process of convergence.
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Show the 99% some economic gains: Column - USA TODAY

Show the 99% some economic gains: Column - USA TODAY | real utopias | Scoop.it


Still there's one value judgment they're usually willing to make, that good policies are policies which are good for the economy. How do we determine which are good policies?

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A New Contract: Brazil's Dual Social Protection System - World Politics Review

A New Contract: Brazil's Dual Social Protection System - World Politics Review | real utopias | Scoop.it
Among developing countries, Brazil is increasingly seen as a model for social development. Its achievements over the past two decades are impressive. The share of the population living in extreme poverty fell from 16.4 percent in 1995 to 4.7 percent in 2009. Inequality as measured by the Gini coefficient fell more than 10 percent in the same period, to 0.53, where 0 represents perfect equality of income distribution and 1.0 perfect inequality. Growth has been an important driver for these trends, particularly because over the past decade Brazil’s growth has been distinctly pro-poor: Personal income among the poorest 10 percent of the population has grown more than twice as fast as that of the wealthiest 10 percent. It is not surprising that low- and middle-income countries look to Brazil for inspiration.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation