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31 JANUARY 2012

David Harvey: The Crises of Capitalism

"Radical sociologist David Harvey asks: is it time to look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that really could be responsible, just, and humane?"

(Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)

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banking system • banks • beyond capitalism • capitalismconsumerismcredit crunchcrises of capitalism • crisis of capitalism • David Harvey • deregulation • economic crisiseconomic regulation • effective demand • enigma of capital • financial crisisfinancial innovation • free market • Friedrich Hayek • G20global financial crisis • greed • house ownership • housing market • humane • IMF • investor • John Maynard Keynes • just • Karl Marx • Lehman Brothers • mode of thinking • mortgage • neoliberalismnew social ordernew thinking • radical sociologist • responsibility • RSA (UK) • RSA AnimatestocksWorld Bank

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Simon Perkins
05 JULY 2009

Michael Sandel: A New Politics of the Common Good

"We're living with the economic fallout of the financial crisis and we're struggling to make sense of it. One way of understanding what's happened is to see that we're at the end of an era, an era of market triumphalism. The last three decades were a heady, reckless time of market mania and deregulation. We had the free market fundamentalism of the Reagan–Thatcher years and then we had the market friendly Neo–Liberalism of the Clinton and Blair years, which moderated but also consolidated the faith that markets are the primary mechanism for achieving the public good. Today that faith is in doubt. Market triumphalism has given way to a new market scepticism. Almost everybody agrees that we need to improve regulation, but this moment is about more than devising new regulations. It's also a time, or so it seems to me, to rethink the role of markets in achieving the public good."
(Professor Michael Sandel, 2009 Reith Lecture Series)

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2009BBC • Bill Clinton • capitalismcommon goodcrisiseconomicsethicsfinancial crisisglobal financial crisisMargaret Thatchermarket deregulation • market triumphalism • Michael Sandel • neoliberalismpolitics • public good • regulation • Reith Lectures • responsibilityRonald Reagansocial changesocial constructionismsocietyTony BlairtransformationUK

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Simon Perkins
15 JUNE 2009

Phillip Blond: Rise of the red Tories

"We live in a time of crisis. In such times humans retreat to safety, and build bulwarks against the future. The financial emergency is having this effect on Britain's governing class. Labour has withdrawn to the safety of the sheltering state, and the comforts of its first income tax rise since the mid–1970s. Meanwhile, the Conservatives appear to be proposing a repeat of Thatcherite austerity in the face of economic catastrophe. But this crisis is more than an ordinary recession. It represents a disintegration of the idea of the 'market state' and makes obsolete the political consensus of the last 30 years. A fresh analysis of the ruling ideological orthodoxy is required.
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On a deeper level, the present moment is a challenge to conservatism itself. The Conservatives are still viewed as the party of the free market, an idea that has collapsed into monopoly finance, big business and deregulated global capitalism. Tory social thinking has genuinely evolved, but the party's economic thinking is still poised between repetition and renewal. As late as August 2008 David Cameron said: 'I'm going to be as radical a social reformer as Margaret Thatcher was an economic reformer,' and that 'radical social reform is what this country needs right now.' He is right about society, but against the backdrop of collapsing markets and without a macro–economic alternative, Thatcherite economics has been wrongfooted by events."
(Phillip Blond, Prospect Magazine February 2009 issue 155)

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2009austeritycapitalismchange • civil association • conservatismConservativescrisisDavid Camerondecentralisation • financial emergency • free market economyglobal capitalismglobal financial crisisglobal financial systemLabour • late-modern • Margaret Thatcher • market state • mutualism • neoliberalism • Phillip Blond • politicspost-traditionalreformsocial change • social reform • stateTorytransformationUK • voluntary association

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Simon Perkins
14 OCTOBER 2008

The Political Compass

"The old one–dimensional categories of 'right' and 'left', established for the seating arrangement of the French National Assembly of 1789, are overly simplistic for today's complex political landscape. For example, who are the 'conservatives' in today's Russia? Are they the unreconstructed Stalinists, or the reformers who have adopted the right–wing views of conservatives like Margaret Thatcher?

On the standard left–right scale, how do you distinguish leftists like Stalin and Gandhi? It's not sufficient to say that Stalin was simply more left than Gandhi. There are fundamental political differences between them that the old categories on their own can't explain. Similarly, we generally describe social reactionaries as 'right–wingers', yet that leaves left–wing reactionaries like Robert Mugabe and Pol Pot off the hook."

[Despite the usefulness of the ''Political Compass'' questionnaire the results clearly illustrate the problem with attempting to make such direct correlations.]

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1789 • belief systemsconservative • French National Assembly • ideologyideology quiz • left-wing • neoliberalismpolitical compass • political landscape • politicsprogressive political perspectiveright-wingsocial conservatism

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Simon Perkins
10 APRIL 2007

Regionalisation: Educational Reform In New Zealand

Peter Roberts (School of Education, University of Auckland, NZ)
Teachers, Boards of Trustees and tertiary administrators have been held accountable for decisions relating to the day–to–day running of educational establishments, yet the parameters for undertaking these duties have been defined elsewhere. The market has been the seen as the ideal model on which to base educational arrangements. Competition between students, staff and institutions has been encouraged. Students have been redefined as 'consumers', and tertiary education institutions have become 'providers'. Bureaucrats now talk of 'inputs', 'outputs' and 'throughputs' in the education system. Any notion of educational processes serving a form of collective public good has all but disappeared; instead, participation in tertiary education is now regarded as a form of private investment.

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accountable • Aotearoa New ZealandcompetitioneducationJean-Francois Lyotardneoliberalism • postmodern condition • reform • Roberts • teacher • tertiary • university
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