Archive for ‘Economics WG’

EWG meeting on Friday 11th April 2014 – minutes

Present: Bharat, Steve B, John, Omar, Janos, Steve M, Schlacke, Clive
1. Review minutes – amended as per Dave – approved
2. CCMJ set up in 1960s. In 1990s meetings went to House of Commons but the planning people continued to meet in a café and then Friends House, followed by SES. SES is focused[…]

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EWG meeting on Friday 4th April 2014 – minutes

EWG meeting on Friday 4th April 2014 – minutes
Steve, Abdulla, Schlacke Tim, Omar, Steve, Janos, Dave, Bharat, Mary, Ellenor
1. Introduction – individual ‘expectations of EWG: Analysis of the economic system and identifying fundamental levers for change to help Occupy focus on exposing and demanding the removal of concentrated economic and political power. Develop[…]

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Shelling out for NERC?

The question was asked about this new collaboration between Shell and Nerc. Good or bad?
http://www.nerc.ac.uk/press/releases/2014/03-shell.asp?cookieConsent=A
Shelling out for NERC? Comments from a couple of the Economics WG members.
From Clive Menzies.
It’s not an area I’ve researched in depth but Shell has a pretty appalling environmental track record.
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/nov/07/shell-oil-niger-delta-pollution-amnesty
The positive spin is to[…]

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#BankofIDEAS: Drugs Peace and Universal Basic Income

The first talk of the evening was by Andria E-Mordaunt: We need alternatives to the war on drugs and war on poor.
An academic, activist and devoted mother, Andria tells about the ‘addicted survivors of the global war on drugs as part of the global war on the poor’

“Harm reduction” is often made an[…]

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Should Occupy use Westminster? by Dave Dewhurst

Should Occupy use Westminster? by Dave Dewhurst (Economics WG)
On Jan 27th 2014 Occupy joined a platform at Westminster on the theme of ‘Economic Democracy’. Speakers up front were Peter Tatchell, Janet Williamson – Senior Policy Officer of the TUC, Prof Colin Crouch – who wrote ‘The Strange non-death of Neoliberalism’ and myself, Dave Dewhurst[…]

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The City, the Banks & the EU – all in it together, by Tom Lines (Economics Working Group)

A few times a year – we don’t know exactly how often – 52 people meet in a room in London. We think they meet in the Guildhall. While most ordinary people know nothing about these meetings, the British government is fully up to speed. The people who attend these meetings work for organizations from[…]

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Co-operative Socialism by John Courtneidge

The Campaign for Co-operative Socialism by John Courtneidge (Occupy London Economics Working Group)

Co-operative Socialism is the nonviolent, non-hierarchical alternative to
both forms of capitalism (neoliberalism and neoconservatism) and to both
forms of totalitarianism (fascism and State ‘Communism’) – as you can see
on this political/social map:
In such a world, incomes will be much[…]

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Economics WG Minutes – Meeting – January 20 2014

Occupy London, Economics Working Group, Monday 20th
Janos, Steve P., Jamie, Julia, Helen
January. Friends Meeting House
MINUTES
Two new people showed up having never been to an EWG or Occupy meeting before. We made a
bit of time at the start of the agenda to welcome them and give them space to talk about[…]

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GOODBYE GREENBELT? AN OCCUPIER’S RESPONSE.

This was an article in the guardian today.
Research for National Trust reveals more than half of councils with greenbelt land likely to allocate some for development.
Councils preparing to allocate greenbelt land for development, study shows
Response by David Dewhurst.
”Concreted over’ is a gross exaggeration. You can get about 30 decent semis or[…]

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