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Posts Tagged ‘Neo-Liberalism’

The Beginnings of an Alternative Scotland

Gerry Hassan

The Scotsman, April 28th 2012

What a week it has been – Murdoch, Trump, Rangers FC and of course the economy going into double dip recession.

It is all-reminiscent of that last period of acute crisis, a failing, nervous political class and economic instability: the 1970s amplified by Dominic Sandbrook’s excellent current TV series on the decade.

Scottish debate on the economy has for many years been shaped by two contradictory strands. The first has been the power of conventional economics, concerns over our relative economic growth rate compared to the rest of the UK, and the desire to pursue ‘faster, smarter growth’. This has been the policy of all Scottish administrations post-devolution and all four mainstream political parties.

The second has been an aspiration to do economics differently from Anglo-American capitalism and the British economy and state. This has drawn on critiques of economic growth, sustainability and green concerns, and debates around health and well-being. Read the rest of this entry »

After Rage against the Machine: The Search for an Alternative

Gerry Hassan

The Scotsman, July 2nd 2011

The return of mass public sector strikes; British living standards experiencing their biggest fall since 1977; the escalating Greek debt crisis; the shaky future of the eurozone and European project in doubt.

These are just some of the headlines this week. All across the West governments are cutting public spending, services and benefits, and privatising and marketising what were once seen as public goods.

Many governments are enduring significant unpopularity and even questions of legitimacy. They face publics uneasy, unsure and resistant to what they are doing.

We are in crisis, but what kind of crisis is it? Are the state, public spending and entitlements out of control? Or is it all the fault of bankers and finance capitalism, the modern equivalent of Harold Wilson’s ‘gnomes of Zurich’? Read the rest of this entry »

The People’s Flag and the Union Jack: An Alternative History of Britain and the Labour Party
Gerry Hassan is a writer, commentator and thinker about Scotland, the UK, politics and ideas. more >
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