Soundings

Articles from No. 45, Summer

Carbon Trading: How It Works and Why It Fails
Oscar Reyes and Tamra GilbertsonCarbon trading is not the answer to tackling climate change.Emissions trading is the EU's flagship measure for tackling climate change, and it is failing badly. While in theory it provides a cheap and efficient means to...
Editorial
Since 6 May we have been living in the eye of the storm. There has been little of the sense of epochal change that followed the Tory victory of 1979 or Labours landslide in 1997. This is partly because the full impact of the return of the right has not...
Greek Myths
The stories that we tell about the economy are part of the political battle.In April 2010 the leaders of the Euroland countries agreed an 'emergency bailout' of Greece, lending the fiscally stricken country billions of euros to prevent it defaulting...
Labour in a Time of Coalition
A roundtable discussion on what the future holds for Labour.Mike What is the significance of the Coalition? ft appears from the coalition agreement that the Lib Dems have been able to achieve some significant concessions in their negotiations with the...
Lives on the Line
The lives and deaths of soldiers have become an increasingly important part of debates about Britain's wars.Being prepared to die for one's country has long been the touchstone of nationalism, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier symbolising the essence oí...
Money Manager Capitalism and the Global Financial Crisis
It is time for a new model for running the economy.The world's worst economic crisis since the 1930s is now in its third year. All sorts of explanations have been proffered for the causes of the crisis: lax regulation and oversight, rising inequality...
Radical Politics Today
Radical politics today Jonathan Pugh (ed.), What Is Radical Politics Today?, Palgrave Macmillan 2009This book is a varied set of essays by a very wide range of contributors, each giving their own answers to the question in the title. Some of the essays...
Rebuilding Social-Democracy in Twenty-First Century Britain
What are the fundamental requirements for remaking social democracy?At present, the economic policy of the government and its opposition seem to differ only with respect to the timing of public spending cuts. There is little on offer in the way of alternatives...
Smile till It Hurts
Generation Y have been brought up on the fantasies of neoliberalism.At 6am on the morning that Lehman Brothers collapsed, I was sitting at a wobbly motel table with six other political interns at the annual conference of the party in government, watching...
The New Spirit of Capitalism
Roundtable discussion on Luc Boltanski and Eve Chapello's bookIntroductionJeremy Gilbert (with editorial input from David Hesmondhalgh)Luc Boltanksi and Eve Chiapello's monumental work The New Spirit of Capitalism first appeared in French in 1999, but...
The Political Struggle Ahead
Only by understanding that the economic agenda is part of a wider social and political settlement will we succeed in opening up the debate on the alternatives.Beyond economicsIt is not so very long ago that the implosion that began in August 2007 looked...
The Politics of Jon Cruddas: Ethical (Neo)liberalism
The politics of Jon Cruddas: ethical (neo)liberalism Jon Cruddas, The Future oj Social Democracy , Compass 2009Despite having recently declined the opportunity to stand for the Labour leadership, Jon Cruddas remains likely to play an important practical...
The SNP and the 'New Politics'
Scottish independence would have a progressive impact both internationally and on the rest of the United Kingdom.For all the talk before the election of the emergence of a progressive consensus in the UK - in parliamentary terms at least - any such prospect...
What Comes after New Labour?
New Labour was one response to the weaknesses of labourism. Is there a better one?The New Labour era has finally ended. And though the full scale of the destruction and wreckage which it has inflicted upon British politics, society and progressive ideas...
Why I Am a Socialist
The principles of a socialism for the twenty-first century are already largely present in the socialism of William Morris.I am a socialist by inheritance. My mother, whose social origins were obscure, joined the Communist Party of Great Britain in the...
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