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The Global South is engineering new anti-poverty strategies, leaving traditional left analysts in a quandry. Reuters/Nacho Doce

The study of inequality has been mainstreamed – what now for the left?

Could the surge of worker and popular resistance worldwide provide the global trade union movement with an opportunity to take the lead in developing a broad coalition of social forces?
Here’s a goal: no new coal mines. Coal mine image from www.shutterstock.com

Sustained economic growth: United Nations mistakes the poison for the cure

By championing economic growth, the Sustainable Development Goals are a barely disguised defence of the market fundamentalism that underpins business-as-usual. But in an age of planetary limits, sustained economic growth is not the solution to our social and environmental ills, but their cause.
Despite widespread condemnation, Tony Abbott has defended suggesting people living in remote communities are making a ‘lifestyle choice.’ AAP/Lukas Coch

Don’t be surprised by Abbott’s comments about ‘lifestyle choices’

Abbott's claim that people in remote communities are making a "lifestyle choice" reveals an underlying view that social circumstances are the responsibility of individuals, rather than societies.
Many don’t have a happy meal. EPA/Ulises Rodriguez

The fightback against income inequality starts at McDonald’s

David Cameron has told company bosses that firms should give their staff a pay rise. Certainly a raise in wages would be long overdue. The small average wage increase over the past year or so (1.8% between…
The draft report of the Competition Policy Review elevates consumer choice above all other considerations. www.shutterstock.com

Harper review would reduce us from citizens to mere consumers

Are we consumers or are we citizens? Clearly most of us are both. In a capitalist economy people get much of what they need through competitive markets. Yet we also live within a society and have reasonable…
Tony Abbott made political capital out of the Home Insulation Program’s problems, but will he heed the lessons from the Royal Commission’s findings? AAP/Alan Porritt

Insulation royal commission exposes fatal market flaws

The most important finding in the final report of the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program is the one the Abbott government is least likely to heed. One of the two crucial flaws Commissioner…
Treasurer Joe Hockey wants to ‘end of the age of entitlement’, but which think-tanks around the world have played a part in developing that idea? AAP/Alan Porritt

Free-market think-tanks waged war on entitlement, conscripted an Australian Joe

We propose things which people regard as being on the edge of lunacy. The next thing you know they’re on the edge of policy. – Madsen Pirie, President of the Adam Smith Institute, 1987 In a speech in London…
The World Economic Forum is one meeting place where the hyper-elite, transnational capitalists can get together and become a class without a country. EPA/Jean-Christophe Bott

Class on a global scale: the emerging transnational capitalists

The Conversation is running a series, Class in Australia, to identify, illuminate and debate its many manifestations. Here, Andrew Self examines how class operates on a global scale, and whether or not…
Do teachers still see teaching as their “life calling”? Newton/Flickr

Pyne’s Review Panel: Will it help improve teacher quality?

“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.” While Aristotle’s axiom is purposefully exaggerated for dramatic effect, modern research confirms that there is indeed an…
Weighing up cost and benefit: proposed legal aid cuts are a perversion of justice. Lonpicman

Cuts to criminal legal aid will turn defendants into products

In an adversarial criminal justice system like the one we have in England and Wales, access to justice depends on access to lawyers. The court system is complicated and confusing, a heady mix of archaic…
The Accord tried to set the course for alternative economic policy, but despite the talk from Labor figures such as Kevin Rudd and Wayne Swan, this has not come to fruition with the current government. AAP/Lukas Coch

The lessons of the Accord for Modern Times: think outside the box

The Prices and Incomes Accord, that historic agreement between government and unions born 30 years ago, may have disappeared into history. But its most enduring and important lesson arises from its role…

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