While the literal meaning of
utopia is ‘no place’, an OU-topia could be almost any place. Even when
physically isolated, an Open University student, engaged in studying, could be
part of a ‘public’, involved in learning through dialogue.
Things need to
change – there’s no disagreement about that; but the efficacy of
starting with the closure of BBC 3 can be disputed. Whatever else is in play, the choice of a less than
highbrow channel to chop speaks to a long BBC unease with the
The government has been hiding evidence that immigration costs jobs. It doesn't, but those who want to defend migrants shouldn't be distracted by such arguments - the case for allowing people to move is about much more than economics.
this exclusive extract from Just Money:
How Society Can Break the Despotic Power of FinanceAnn Pettifor
describes how orthodox economics and finance have promoted a profoundly
inadequate account of money. Change is necessary and possible. But it will come
only through a revolution in the general public’s understanding.
On March 12-14the quiet English town of Farnborough will play host to the Security & Policing conference and exhibition. This event will bring together some of the world's largest arms companies with some of the worst human rights abusers.
Finance has cast a spell on the framework for international
economic co-operation established after the Second World War. The 2007-8 crisis
and its aftermath highlight the need to rouse the IMF and the World Bank from
precariat, a class-in-the-making, is the first mass class in history that has
systematically been losing rights built up for citizens. So, why is it the new
dangerous class and how is it differentiated from other class groups in the evolving
global labour process?
imbalances are threatening to derail the European economy. Luca Fantacci calls
for a European Clearing Union to promote a sustainable pattern of production
and consumption across the Eurozone.