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|India’s food crops are currently GMO-free – but that’s about to change very soon, if we don’t act now and stop Monsanto’s latest attack.Monsanto wants to introduce its genetically engineered food crops, starting with its pesticide-resistant corn, despite facing local opposition.
Monsanto’s pesticide-soaked, monoculture corporate agriculture is awful for farmers and the environment. And once Monsanto gets control of a country’s food system, it’svirtually impossible for farmers to get free.
Monsanto’s business model is simple: Get farmers hooked on its genetically engineered, pesticide-resistant seeds. Force those farmers to buy new seeds every year — or get sued. And sell them massive amounts of pesticides to spray on those seeds.
That’s why, once Monsanto gets its foot in the door, it’s able to almost completely take over a country’s agricultural system.
We’ve seen it all happen before in India. A decade ago, Monsanto managed to get its cotton seeds approved in India. Now over 95% of the cotton crop is owned by Monsanto.
And Monsanto has the same plan for India’s food crops.
Wrecking ecosystems, selling toxic chemicals, and driving small farmers out of business are all in a day’s work for Monsanto. But it’s not too late for India, if we act now.
SumOfUs was created to support people’s struggles against corporate greed around the world. And we are already fighting back against Monsanto — we helped the tiny state of Vermont raise almost a quarter of a million dollars to defend themselves against Monsanto’s bullying. If we can raise enough pressure on the Indian government to refuse Monsanto’s GMO crops, we can stop it from exploiting a market of 1.25 billion people.
Monsanto says GM corn trial in final stage in India, Reuters, 27 February 2015
As part of the University of Brighton’s ‘c-change’ sustainability campaign, we’re co-organising the event below — along with our Students’ Union’s ‘Bright ‘n’ Green’ team, Hanover Action for Sustainable Living, BHESCO, and academics within the University of Sussex’s School of Global Studies and SPRU.
Assistant Environmental Officer
University of Brighton
Tel: 01273 641204
twitter: c-change<https://twitter.com/_cchange_>************************************Zero Carbon BritainBuilding a blueprint for action around a zero carbon societyThursday, 26 February 2015.
6 — 8:30pm (Registration from 5:30pm)Location: Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade, University of Brighton.*Introductions and keynote speech will be made by Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion*Presentation and Q&A by Centre for Alternative Technology’s Paul Allen & Kit Jones on their ‘Zero Carbon Britain’ report — the C.A.T’s flagship project showing that a modern, zero emissions society is possible using technologies that are available today.
*Followed by Q&A, break-out discussion groups on four key themes (Energy, Housing, Food and Transport), and networking.
All welcome. Free sustainable food and refreshments will be provided.
Please register in advance at: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/zero-carbon-britain-an-evening-of-inspiring-talks-and-networking-opportunities-tickets-15514595573
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1566233800287462/?fref=ts
Bhesco, Hanover Action for Sustainable Living, University of Brighton c-change campaign, University of Brighton SU Bright ‘n’ Green, University of Sussex Global Studies and SPRU.
The photograph is of Elizabeth Dore and Regla Hernandez Gomez, one of the people she interviewed for her 10 year study of attitudes of Cubans toward the revolution.
First of a new series of commentary on economic conditions and policy in the UK and beyond from John Weeks.John Weeks is a professor emeritus of the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and author of The Economics of the 1%: How Mainstream Economics Serves the Rich, Obscures Reality and Distorts Policy. His recent policy work includes a supplemental unemployment program for the European Union and advising the central banks of Argentina and Zambia. More info on John at http://jweeks.org/
This week Dave Jones discusses Fracking with Claire Robinson and Atlanta Cook from Frack Free Sussex.
This Week Dave Jones discusses politics with two students from the University of Brighton, Yasmin and Callum.
This week Davy jones interviews Malcolm Cook, director and presenter of Growing Concerns on LATEST TV.
Davy Jones, Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Kemptown discusses protest music with Robb Johnson and Bethan Prosser
A campaign group in Brighton has arranged a protest to coincide with a council meeting, after proposals to close children’s centres across the city.
Brighton Children’s Centres Campaign (BCCC) will lead the march, which will go from New Road adjacent to the Pavilion Gardens to Hove Town Hall.Thursday February 26.
The march will coincide with a council budget meeting at Hove Town Hall to approve plans to downsize and close children’s centres in the city.
Cllr. Sue Shanks, Chair of the Children & Young People Committee at Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “We are facing cuts in our budget, but we are not proposing to close centres, our proposals are about raising tax.
“I welcome the protests — I wish more people protest about the things they do not like.”
The public consultation about the proposals to close and reduce centres across the city received nearly 1,000 responses.
Last month the proposals were announced, which includes a cut of over £800,000 to children’s services across the city.
The BCCC is urging supporters to come along to the march, with signs and pictures.
Davy Jones’ guest this week is Marina Prentoulis who is Senior Lecturer in politics and media at the University of East Anglia. She is also a member of Syriza and of the Greece Solidarity Campaign. Davy and Marina discuss the recent elections in Greece and the impact of these events in Europe.
This week Davy interviews Ken Montague who is building local support for the “Time to Act on Climate Change!” national demonstration on March 7th? You can find out more from http://www.campaigncc.org/TimetoAct
38 Degrees member David Fisher has started a petition calling on Brighton & Hove Council to refuse planning permission to turn the Brighton Hippodrome into an 8 screen cinema. He’d like to see it restored and turned into a live venue, what do you think?
Here’s what David says:
“The magnificent Brighton Hippodrome needs your help to save it from being wrecked. It is a unique theatre building, listed Grade II* by English Heritage because of its historical and architectural significance.
After closing as a variety theatre in 1965, it was a bingo hall until 2007. The stunning interior, however, is still in remarkable condition, with very little deterioration.
Suddenly, in mid 2013, a proposal to convert the building into an eight-screen cinema emerged. The plans involve demolishing the stage, the fly-tower, all the back-stage facilities, the stalls and the orchestra pit. Without these it ceases to be a theatre.”
Click here to sign his petition now:
If you have any comments on David’s campaign, you can join the conversation on the 38 Degrees Facebook page herehttps://www.facebook.com/peoplepowerchange/posts/427851554028295
LISTEN HERE TO DAVY JONES WITH LAUREN CAPE-DAVENHILL FROM GATWICK DETAINEES WELFARE GROUP ON THE PROPOSED WALK AND ARTS PROJECT ‘REFUGEE TALES’ More info at www.refugeetales.org and http://www.gdwg.org.uk
Saturday 13th – Sunday 21st June 2015
Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group’s unique walk follows the North Downs Way from Dover to Crawley via Canterbury along some of the paths that were taken by the Canterbury pilgrims many centuries ago. We will be reflecting on the many long and dangerous journeys that refugees make fleeing war and persecution, seeking a safe place to live.
They welcome walkers to join the 80 mile walk - for the whole route, a day or a few days.
Following a colourful launch event at the beginning of the walk in Dover, arts events (drama, art, music, poetry and prose) inspired by The Canterbury Tales will be held at every evening stop on the walk.
This week Davy Jones talks to John Allcock from Brighton People’s Assembly about the event Sat Jan10th, Brighthelm Centre 10–4.30pm
Power to the People? A citizens’ conversation about democracy, cuts and resistance.
Why does a crisis of the banking system mean that we have to have our benefits and services cut?
What gave the Ritzy cinema workers the courage to strike and win a living wage?
What happened when a group of young single mums refused to accept eviction and rehousing far away from their community in East London?
How can we stop our NHS being dismantled piece by piece?
Come to Power to the People? to learn about what we’re up against and discuss how to take back our power and make our voices heard, here in Brighton.
Campaign stalls– Films
– Discussion and skill sharing workshops
– Free lunch
Saturday, 10 January 2015 — 10:00 to 16:30
BN1 1YD Brighton
Who is Davy Jones? Davy Jones, Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Kemptown, and regular host of the Politics Show, answers questions posed by Jackie Chase of Radio Free Brighton and other volunteers from the radio station . LISTEN HERE
Saltdean Countryside Alliance LISTEN HERE
This week Davy Jones talks to Lisa Forrest from the Saltdean Countryside Alliance. A Planning application has been received by Brighton and Hove City Council for 36 houses on the edge of the downs in Rottingdean, at the northern end of Westmeston Avenue, to the rear of Bishopstone Drive and Falmer Avenue, Saltdean and can be clearly seen from Dean Court Road. To find out more and raise objections go to
City of Sanctuary LISTEN HERE
This week Davy Jones meets Jenny Lansdell from City of Sanctuary.City of Sanctuary is a national network, a movement of local groups made up by businesses, community organisations and individuals, all with one thing in common; their belief that sanctuary seekers should be welcomed, and that their contribution to society should be celebrated.
City of Sanctuary Brighton http://www.cityofsanctuary.org/bright…
Discussion of the Drugs Issue LISTEN HERE
This week Davy and Steve Peake discuss the issue of drugs and effective ways to approach the subject through our community and government policy and alternative approaches being taken in other countries
Brighton shoppers are flocking to an award-winning retailer offering a novel way to reduce shopping costs and save on waste.
The London Road shop hiSbe “How It Should Be” now offers a clever new multi-purpose carrier bag at the till which can convert into a 60 litre bin liner or recycling sack when shoppers get home, or be re-used many times at the checkout till. Customers are being encouraged to try the bag and fill in a short survey to help refine the design.
The bag, another Brighton innovation, will also enable shoppers to avoid the 5 pence tax on every single use bag coming to all stores across England in September.
Bag Re:Born inventor, Richard Simmonite, said: “Single use carrier bags are an environmental disaster, but reusable carriers need to be used a lot of times to be any better. Research has found that people typically use their single use carrier bags as bin liners, so it made sense to try and create a product that would do both things while reducing the environmental impact of bags.”
HISBE founders, Ruth and Amy Anslow, added: “Todays shoppers are active supporters of social enterprise and sustainability. Bag Re:Born is a great fit with our customers values as well as saving them money and reducing waste”.
Both companies have won industry awards for their innovations.
Eager shoppers have already grabbed 300 of these new bags in their first week at hiSbe. Bag Re:Born is forecasting to save families hundreds of pounds and prevent millions of single use bags being thrown away every year.
Join up for Earth Hour 2015 and do your bit to help our beautiful planet.
Brighton and Hove Healthwalks host the 7th annual Earth Hour Torch walk this Saturday the 28th of March.
Meeting from 8pm at Hove bandstand where you can register and make your “Pledge to change” before setting off at 8:30 with Maracatu Cruzeiro do Sul samba band and dancers and head to the Brighton Wheel.
You can pre-register on the council website on earth Hour 2015 or register on the night.
Bring a torch and something warm.
For more information on Earth Hour and other things you can do go to www.earthhour.org
Brother Dance Productions invites you to a free screening of ‘Prayers for Bobby’ at Circus Street Market, Brighton BN2 9QF, from 7pm on Thursday 26 March.
The true emotional story of Mary Griffith (Sigourney Weaver), gay rights crusader, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance.
We’ve teamed up with Grassroots for this screening to encourage people to take their ‘Tell Me’ pledge to help prevent suicide.
There will be hot food on sale, fresh popcorn, a licensed bar and stalls with information about charities and organisations from across Brighton and Hove.
Please bring cushions, portable chairs, and blankets and dress warmly as it may be chilly.
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or find us on facebook: www.facebook.com/events/595439050593627.
At BEC any contribution is valued and they are keen to understand how people would like to see the organisation move forward.
To do this on April 9th they are kicking off a bunch of working groups that will focus on specific areas (See below for an extract of their program).
They had an excellent response to their last email looking for new roof owners for community-owned solar PV.
The BEC also like to use the 9th to confirm their new director Terry Walker in place. Terry has been on a trial position since their AGM in October, and has agreed he’d like to take up the position. Terry brings a host of governance and secretarial skills to BEC.
Working Groups meeting, April 9th, 7pm, Brighthelm Centre
Examples of ideas that we might like to grapple with are:
Communications: we’re looking for new ideas to build engagement, participation and collaboration. We’re also keen to boost our own local networking capacity locally. BEC also has some quite large communication channels: what should these be used for? (where do we stand, for example, on an issue such as fracking?)
New Technologies: what new technologies might we consider developing? Anaerobic digestion, battery storage and Biomass boilers, heat pumps — how might we take these forward?
Policy: how does BEC as an organisation want to get involved in the forthcoming local election? We’re also looking for people to get involved in national Policy relating to community energy.
Business Development: we are always hunting for roof space and sourcing the right people to contact with. The more the merrier, so do you want to be involved?
The need, of course, has never been greater. Engaging on climate change is tough. But we think that by working together we’ll get more done, so I hope to see you there!
Please come along to this interactive meeting and be prepared to write your name and best skills on a post-it, and have some fun!
Bach’s St John Passion
Good Friday 3 Apr, 3pm
Semi-staged with 200 performers, including 8 soloists and the 40-strong orchestra Chamber Domaine.
This performance of Bach’s St John Passion marks the 500th concert by Brighton Festival Chorus and promises to be a moving and dramatic interpretation of the Good Friday story.
First performed in Leipzig on Good Friday 1724, Bach’s powerfully meditative version of the Gospel of St John is a work of startling immediacy yet subtle nuance, recreating the psychological and emotional conflict of Christ’s final days before His public trial and crucifixion.
With the performers moving amongst the audience everybody in the Concert Hall will get a unique view as Bach’s vision is brought vividly to life in this intimate Proms-style performance.
This will be a march and protest in Brighton over the treatment of homeless people in the UK/Ireland and beyond.
It is a new growing solidarity protest/action that will be held in many cities and towns across the world on the same day by activists and groups concerned with our streets. All people will be marching in solidarity across the UK.
Starting at the Brighton Clock Tower at 11a.m. on April 15, everyone is welcome.
Lewes stop the cuts has discovered that the social cleansing of Lewes is set to continue with the planned sale of Saxonbury in Juggs Lane as part of the secret sale of 49 sites by Lewes district council.
The building is on the list of sites for sale, which has been shown to members of the campaign.
It is currently used as temporary accommodation for homeless local people and is the only such facility in the town.
Lewes Stop the Cuts housing spokesperson Chris Smith says: “With high house prices in Lewes town almost anyone can become homeless. All it takes is a relationship breakup or a lost job. It is vital that people can find temporary accommodation in the town so that they can continue to hold down their jobs and their children can continue to go to the same school”.
He comments “ We need to be building more emergency housing to cope with the crisis, not selling of what we have. In the long run this will cost the council money in sub-standard bed and breakfast bills.”
LSTC understands that land at Jubilee Gardens next door is also on the list of sites for sale, as is the old Turkish Baths, the tourist centre, the council offices in Fisher Street, Western Road toilets, and St Marys Social centre. Town councillors have been told that at least one of the sales is so far down that line that it cannot be stopped.
Chris says “ The secrecy around these sales seems to be designed to suppress opposition. I believe that both the ruling conservative group and the main opposition liberal democrat group support these sales and are withholding information from local people. There is an election for the district council coming soon and residents should ask candidates what their stance is.”
For more information contact:
Where pensioners, people with children or other vulnerable people become homeless through no fault of their own the council must find them somewhere to live. The number of people needing to be housed in this way in Lewes District has over doubled in recent years. It is common for people to be placed in bed and breakfast accommodation, in places like Eastbourne, even though it is illegal to put them in this type of accommodation except for very short periods.
Lewes Stop the Cuts is a non-party campaign group opposed to cuts in public services affecting Lewes. It has over 450 supporters who are sent regular updates. To subscribe visit their website at http://lewesstopthecuts.wordpress.com Details of the proposed to bus services in East Sussex can be found at the same address.
DEVELOPING THE RIGHT LEGAL STRUCTURE
FOR YOUR COMMUNITY ORGANISATION
CUPP SEMINAR – 5 MARCH 2015
Here are the accompanying notes from
GRIFFITH SMITH FARRINGTON WEBB LLP
Key factors in deciding on the legal structure:
Engaging the organisation’s community through membership
o Contracts entered into by the organisation (not by individuals)
o Assets held in the name of the organisation
o Members have limited personal liability
o Specific statutory frameworks for all corporate organisations
o Registration not legal structure
o Wide public recognition
o Tax advantages (rates relief etc)
o Charity law:
major restrictions on trustees benefitting personally
restrictions on trading activity
o Regulation by the Charity Commission
Type of Legal Structure
Community Interest Company (CIC)
Company Limited by Shares (CLS)
Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG)
Community Benefit Society (Bencom)
Can’t register yet
but can apply for tax exemption
Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
Can only be a registered charity
Simple structure which can be appropriate for a group with no financial risks
o Can register as a charity
o Not ‘corporate’ so contract signatories are personally liable
o Risk of liability for the organisation’s debts
Community Interest Company (CIC)
Introduced in 2005 specifically for social enterprises.
Not to be confused with the new charity CIO structure.
CICs have to carry on activities which benefit the community.
CIC Regulator: light-touch regulation (compared with charities).
A CIC can be either a company limited by shares (CLS) or a company limited by guarantee (CLG).
Model documents: large or small membership.
“Asset lock” applies to ensure that assets and profits / surpluses are used for the benefit of the community.
Where a CIC is a CLS, dividends are possible (subject to a dividend cap).
o Quick and easy to set up (unlike charities)
o More flexible than charities
o Directors can be paid (much less restriction than charities)
o Growing public recognition (but less than charities)
o Access to public funds
o None of the tax advantages of charities
Company limited by Shares (CLS)
Most common legal structure for privately-owned businesses.
Can be set up as a CIC, but cannot register as a charity.
Unusual structure for a community organisation unless it operates a business.
Company limited by Guarantee (CLG)
Unlike a CLS, no ownership as there are no shares.
Can be registered as a charity or as a CIC (but not as both).
o Quick and easy to set up
o Public recognition difficult unless registered as charity or CIC
o No tax advantages (unless registered as a charity)
Old structure, now less common.
Required to have a ‘benevolent’ purpose and at least 7 members.
Friendly Societies Act 1974
o Can apply to HMRC for charitable status for tax purposes
o Not ‘corporate’ so contract signatories are personally liable and greater risk of liability for committee generally
o Not commonly understood / recognised
o Regulated by the Registrar of Friendly Societies
Community Benefit Society (CBS)
This was previously an Industrial & Provident Society.
Not-for-profit organisation with charitable purpose, and democratically controlled by its members.
Structure used by some housing associations, amateur sports clubs etc
Registered with the Financial Conduct Authority.
Can’t register with the Charity Commission (but that may change)
o A sound vehicle for social investment (but compare this with a CLS which is a CIC)
o Can apply to HMRC for charitable status for tax purposes
o Not commonly understood / recognised
o FCA rules / procedures often seen as cumbersome
o FCA fee up to £950 per year (check in advance)
Registered with the Financial Conduct Authority
FCA must be satisfied that the co-operative society is bona fide by reference to the International Statement on the Co-operative Identity (voluntary and open membership / democratic member control / members’ economic participation / autonomy and independence / set up to provide education, training and information / co-operation amongst co-operatives / concern for community).
Society’s rules must demonstrate:
o Common, economic, social or cultural need or interest among members
o Business run for mutual benefit of members
o Society controlled by the members equally – one member, one vote — not on their level of investment
o Basis for distribution of profits to members reflecting their participation in the business
o Sound legal structure but only where appropriate
o Corporate status
o Very specific legal framework
Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
Introduced as corporate vehicle exclusive to charities
Not to be confused with CICs
Regulated by Charity Commission
Charity law applies
Company law doesn’t apply (unlike a CLG registered as a charity)
Model documents provide for large or small membership.
o All the pros of charity status
o Companies House not involved
o No entity exists until the full charity registration process has been completed
o Potential problem with commercial borrowing: no ‘charges register’ at the Charity Commission (compare Companies House and CLGs on this)
A Note on Personal Liability of Charity Trustees
(also relevant to Directors of CICs)
This note is for general guidance only. In any particular situation, specific advice will be appropriate.
The purpose of this note is to clarify Charity Trustees’ risk of liability of where the Charity has the legal status of either –
a company limited by guarantee (“CLG”); or
a charitable incorporated organisation (“CIO”).
CLGs are a common legal structure for charities. The Directors are also the Charity Trustees.
This note will also be relevant to any potential liability of a subsidiary trading company of the Charity, which might be a CIC or a ‘standard’ company limited by shares (“CLS”). All points in this note except (2) – Charity Law – will apply also to a CIC or a CLS.
In legal terms, both a CLG and a CIO have ‘corporate’ status, meaning that the organisation is a legal ‘person’ (separate to the Trustees) so that a CLG or CIO can for example enter into a contract in its own name. This contrasts with the other two types of charity legal structure – Trust and Unincorporated Association – where any contract would effectively be entered into by the Trustees.
Corporate status will not completely prevent personal liability, although it would be unusual as can be seen from the following analysis:
(1) Contracts should be signed:
in the case of a CLG: by a Director (who would also be a Trustee) on behalf of the company;
in the case of a CIO: by a Trustee on behalf of the CIO.
The key here is that where a contract is entered into by a CLG or CIO, it is a contract of the corporate entity, not the Director’s / Trustee’s personal contract: they simply sign on behalf of the CLG / CIO.
This can be a significant issue with any contract, but especially where there is higher value as in property leases, construction contracts etc.
CLG / CIO status potentially gives trustees much greater protection in relation to a Charity’s contracts than unincorporated status (Trust / Unincorporated Association) where the signatory can be personally liable under the contract.
However, an important exception to this protection can arise if the CLG / CIO becomes insolvent: see (4a) below.
(2) Compliance with Charity Law is a personal obligation of every Charity Trustee, and non-compliance can lead to personal liability. CLG / CIO status makes no difference here. However, breaches of Charity Law should be fairly easily avoided: amongst the most common breaches are acting outside the scope of the Charity’s Objects, and where Trustees benefit personally from the Charity (except as allowed by the
constitution or under the Charities Act 2006 and subject to an appropriate procedure being followed).
(3) In extreme circumstances, the directors of a company can be personally liable in relation to death or personal injury resulting from negligence in the company’s activities, and this could affect Trustees where the Charity is a CLG or CIO. Corporate status is not an absolute protection, but personal liability is unlikely to arise unless Directors / Trustees have seriously failed in their duty of care. Active and effective risk management is extremely important here.
(4) If an unincorporated Charity (Trust / Unincorporated Association) becomes insolvent, its trustees can be personally liable for its debts. However, subject to exceptions, that would not happen if the Charity is a CLG or CIO. The main exceptions are:
(4a) A director / trustee can be made personally liable for commitments which the CLG / CIO entered into when the director / trustee knew (or should have known) that the CLG / CIO could not at that time pay its debts.
(4b) If restricted funds haven’t been used strictly in accordance with their terms, a director / trustee can become personally liable for a shortfall.
(5) Directors of a company are personally liable for statutory fines, e.g. if annual accounts are late in being sent to Companies House. This applies only to CLGs. It is possible that the Charity Commission may introduce similar fines which may affect Trustees of CIOs, in which case that would also be a personal liability.
Finally, there is a common misconception that with CLGs a Trustee’s personal liability is limited to £1. That liability limit applies to Members of the CLG. Trustees are Directors, and the liability of a Director is not limited: if the Director of the CLG is also a Member, his/her liability as Member will be limited to £1, but not liability as Director. The position with CIOs is very similar. However, while Trustees’ liability is not limited to £1, where the Charity is a CLG or CIO, personal liability should be unusual as the summary above hopefully indicates.
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© Tim Smith
Griffith Smith Farrington Webb LLP March 2015
Alex Mabbs came to the United Nations Association (UNA) meeting to give a talk on climate change.
Alex Mabbs is a United Reformed Church minister based at the Brighthelm centre, in Brighton in Sussex, England.
Alex Mabb’s blog = https://mabbsonsea.wordpress.com
Tom Lines came to the United Nations Association (UNA) meeting to give a talk of the city of London as a centre of financial power in Britain.
Tom Lines is a Writer, Economics, trade and development consultant.
You can learn more about Tom Lines and his work at
and follow him on Twitter @TomLINESorguk
System Change: Then and Now
Updates on Trans-Pacific Partnership secrets, the Heinz-Kraft merger, the overly costly, underperforming US medical care system, fines for Graco selling faulty child car-seats, China’s real-estate bubble, and estate tax repeal by Republican House. Response to listener on property: private versus public. Major discussion of how system change happened in the past and and how in capitalism today.
“Economics of Corruption”
Updates on Yellen press conference,“Blockupy” protests in Europe against ECB and austerity, New York mayor DiBlasio signs bill for worker coops, and important fight over closing Sweet Briar college. Interview with veteran reporter Bob Hennelly on economics of US political corruption with special focus on his native New Jersey.
“Housing, Cities, Suburbs”
Updates on pizza politics, changing currency values, and tax-cutting politicians’ wild claims. Responses on workers coops’ competitiveness and on ‘unfree’ agricultural markets. Interview Walter South on economics of housing and dangerous economics of US cities and suburbs.
“Economic Decline and Growing Resistance”
Updates on taxis vs Über vs driver coops, an apology on Detroit, International Womens Day, and cutting workers’ compensation. Response to listeners on the economics of debts, past and present. Major discussions of (1) resisting economic decline: Minnesota governor, Emma Thompson and Pope Francis, (2) Wisconsin governor presides over economic decline, and (3) extremes of economic inequality.
Updates on Europeans’ struggles against austerity policies. Response to questions on how workers’ self-directed enterprises solve various problems (especially financing and different skill levels). In depth critical discussion of ‘free enterprise’ and the free enterprise system.