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It’s not my fault | Edouard Louis

“It was a chase scene. In the foreground was what looked to be a middle-class man, wearing a white shirt and suit pants. He was trying to get away from … Continue reading

October 17, 2017 · 13 Comments

How the middle class hoards wealth and opportunity for itself | Inequality | The Guardian

“… Opportunity hoarding does not result from the workings of a large machine but from the cumulative effect of individual choices and preferences. Taken in isolation, they may feel trivial: … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 · 15 Comments

Artificial realities and income

Just found this in today’s El Pais   And I had this one for France already: Does anyone have examples for other countries? You’d never guess those are the real … Continue reading

July 5, 2017 · 18 Comments

The science of inequality: why people prefer unequal societies | Inequality | The Guardian

“… For example, studies of income and happiness have revealed that, once a basic level of wealth is achieved, relative wealth is more important for overall happiness. Similarly, a vast … Continue reading

May 4, 2017 · 31 Comments

Him, Daniel Blake

We watched Ken Loach’s film last night. Beautifully done but excruciatingly sad. I spent the rest of the evening feeling generally guilty- and selfish, and clueless, and uncaring. It’s something … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · 6 Comments

The 1909 Strikes

The more I read the more interesting this place becomes. Above you can see the 1909 strike by the wool workers. A pivotal moment in history as it led to … Continue reading

October 27, 2016 · 19 Comments

A Lesson From ‘Brexit’: On Immigration, Feelings Trump Facts – The New York Times

“Many citizens, particularly those who have suffered under the economic pressures of globalization, express their anxiety over these changes by focusing on another form of change: foreigners in their midst. … Continue reading

June 29, 2016 · 11 Comments

Yanis Varoufakis: Australia’s negative gearing is ‘scandalous’ | World news | The Guardian

Negative gearing – a tax minimisation strategy for property investors – has become a key campaign issue this year. The Labor opposition is promising to end negative gearing on existing … Continue reading

May 25, 2016 · 7 Comments

How the Kleptocrats’ $12 Trillion Heist Helps Keep Most of the World Impoverished – The Daily Beast

An investigative economist has crunched 45 years of official statistics to discover just how much kleptocrats have plundered from 150 mostly poor nations. Full text: How the Kleptocrats’ $12 Trillion … Continue reading

May 3, 2016 · 9 Comments

Corruption-fest 2016

The Noos case began today. Despite a plethora of pre-trial motions the charges against Princess Cristina were not dismissed. Also in Spain, the Taula case is taking shape. It involves 30 … Continue reading

February 9, 2016 · 10 Comments

The Middle Class Canard & Debate Manipulation

It’s election season and they’re at it again. Politicians and the media all using the term middle class. That’s become the everyman term, especially in the Americas. When I was … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · 25 Comments

Upstairs/downstairs; Examining staff quarters

For comparison’s sake I have to start with the grand staircase. That’s because I think it’s the most shocking example of inequality/aristocratic thinking. As incredible as it may seem to … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · 23 Comments

Canicule, the dog days of summer

From the latin canicula which means “small female dog”, the other name for the star SIRIUS. Classically it meant the period of time when Sirius and the sun rose and set at … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · 24 Comments

A Brilliant Day. Does he classify as a Trojan?

Gay marriage, fabulous dinner, great time- but I’ve got to hand it to Mr. Tsipras, that was the best political move I’ve seen, E-V-E-R. He let the European right led … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · 9 Comments

Some numbers that’ll shock you

I was looking through the 2014 Credit Suisse wealth report– which shows just how precarious the situation on this planet really is. Most of us in developed nations have no clue.  You … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · 18 Comments
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