Universal Basic Income (UBI) is one of those ideas that has divided public opinion into two opposing camps: Those who think it would result in disaster, as humans cannot be trusted. The other camp feels that a UBI would be liberating, allowing people to concentrate on the important things in life, not just earning a living. Rutger Bregman is a writer, widely acclaimed for his book, Utopia for Realists. In it, he champions Universal Basic Income and a 15 hour work week. So, we went to the Netherlands to ask him if the time for these ideas has arrived.
Dear Catalans, You are not allowed to secede from Spain. The EU ‘owns’ Spain, and Spain ‘owns’ you. Catalonia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Spain. Spain is a subsidiary of the EU. And the EU is non-negotiable. Vast amounts of capital went into this project; if it fails it will bring down the global banking system.
The Greek bailouts were a banking crisis in disguise. In an excerpt of her upcoming book, editor-in-chief, Claire Connelly, explores how Greece took the fall for decades of irresponsible lending by French and German banks. If Greece continues to participate in the European Union, democracy is doomed.
It is possible to condemn the influence of America and the IMF plundering Venezuela’s election and economy while simultaneously remaining critical of the shortcomings of all nationalist programs in an imperialist world, even as we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those united under their banners.
Throw a dart at the map of the world and chances are it will land in or near a territory in which the US and its allies have ‘promoted democracy’, made a ‘humanitarian intervention’, and/or ‘defended western values’, leaving behind the stench of JP Morgan, Standard Oil, Halliburton, and the Cheney and Clinton dynasties. The concept of ‘left and right’ is a sideshow for the plebs – MarkGB examines how war has become a reliable profit centre for government cronies.