Monthly Archives: May 2020

Will this pandemic’s legacy be a universal basic income? – Macleans.ca

The Great Depression of the 1930s gave us the Bank of Canada, Employment Insurance (EI) and federal equalization payments. The Great Recession of 2008 produced a revolution in monetary policy and a legacy of concern about household debt. Will the … Continue reading

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Naomi Klein: How big tech plans to profit from the pandemic

It has taken some time to gel, but something resembling a coherent pandemic shock doctrine is beginning to emerge. Call it the Screen New Deal. Far more hi-tech than anything we have seen during previous disasters, the future that is … Continue reading

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The case for degrowth in a time of pandemic | openDemocracy

The time is ripe for us to refocus on what really matters: not GDP, but the health and wellbeing of our people and our planet. he pandemic has lain bare the fragility of existing economic systems. Wealthy nations have more … Continue reading

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The Pandemic as a Catalyst for Institutional Innovation | P2P Foundation

As the pandemic continues, it is revealing just how deeply flawed our societal institutions really are. Government programs reward the affluent and punish the poor, and are often ineffectual or politically corrupted. The market/state order is so committed to promoting … Continue reading

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Airlines and oil giants could be about to die. We should let them!

This crisis is a chance to rebuild our economy for the good of humanity. Let’s bail out the living world, not its destroyers. Do not resuscitate. This tag should be attached to the oil, airline and car industries. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/29/airlines-oil-giants-government-economy

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Why universal basic income could help us fight the next wave of economic shocks

The “precariat” has suddenly expanded to denote a potentially universal condition. So, a familiar idea has once again returned: that of a universal basic income (or UBI), whereby all of us would be entitled to a regular payment from the state, enough … Continue reading

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6 Food Projects to Fund. Starting Yesterday

Here is a non-exhaustive list of “spade ready” food projects that can virtually be launched tomorrow and focus on promoting ecological resilience and human dignity. https://medium.com/@ran_54655/6-food-projects-government-should-fund-starting-tomorrow-9df55bfd9d5d

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