ATHENS – The right to laziness has traditionally been only for the propertied rich, whereas the poor have had to struggle for decent wages and working conditions, unemployment and disability insurance, universal health care, and other accoutrements of a dignified life. The idea that the poor should be granted an unconditional income sufficient to live on has been anathema not only to the high and mighty, but also to the labor movement, which embraced an ethic revolving around reciprocity, solidarity, and contributing to society. [To read on click here.]
On the panel are Conservative former chancellor Ken Clarke MP, Labour’s shadow education secretary Angela Rayner MP, runner up in the UKIP leadership election Lisa Duffy, DiEM25 initiator and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis and the previous owner of the Daily Telegraph Conrad Black.
Addressing a DiEM25-Another Europe event held at the LSE on Saturday 8th October 2016
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Leading activists, artists, scholars and political figures take central role in DiEM25
Linguist Noam Chomsky, novelist Elif Shafak, artist/musician Brian Eno, activist Zoe Gardner and fashion designer/environmental activist Vivienne Westwood are amongst those elected by DiEM25’s members to coordinate the movement’s activities. (See full announcement at DiEM25.org). Continue reading
Imagine a city or state budget where citizens could see at a glance where every euro, pound or dollar went or came from, which services were paid for by their taxes or rates, the distribution of the tax burden across different regions etc. You don’t need to imagine it. The City of Barcelona has delivered it. Click here for the OPEN BUDGET and here for STRATEGY & FINANCE. Europe’s rebel cities, adopting DiEM25’s transparency campaign, are leading the way! Continue reading
When humour becomes essential in understanding the farcical reality we live in, pieces like this are priceless. Continue reading
Yanis Varoufakis has told the UK government to get a move on with triggering Article 50 to begin a “robust debate” on what a post-Brexit Britain could look like.
In an interview with the BBC’s Today programme, the former Greek finance minister, said the discussion prior to the referendum was of “very low quality”, adding that once article 50 is invoked Britain should use the negotiating period to prepare itself as nation. Continue reading