Listen Here Richard D Wolff: Economic Update: Children, Capitalism, Family Values?

by on Feb.19, 2015, under News


Chil­dren, Cap­it­al­ism, Fam­ily Values?

Updates on Alberta elec­tion, Kan­sas closes schools early, Gal­lup polls on unequal US wealth and on aver­age work weeks over 40 hours, Über and mar­kets, ignor­ance about USSR eco­nomy. Response to listen­ers on pub­lic sub­sidies to private profits. Inter­view with Dr. Har­riet Fraad on chil­dren and fam­il­ies in US capitalism.



Capitalism’s Other Side

Updates on May Day hol­i­day, Bal­timore upris­ing, Nepal earthquake/poverty, Varoufa­kis vs repres­sion, and Bud Light push­ing beer by endan­ger­ing women. Response to listener’s ques­tions on vari­et­ies of coops. Inter­view with Prof. Yahya Madra on Tur­key, Cap­it­al­ism, and Islam.



Updates on UK elec­tions, crisis’s long-term effects, Kan­sas demon­izes the poor, and the mustard-ketchup eco­nomic war. Responses to listen­ers on child-support eco­nom­ics and car pro­duc­tion mov­ing to Mex­ico. Major dis­cus­sions: cap­it­al­ism and war — a his­tory, new stages of Cuban social­ism and US Cuba-policy, the high stakes of Greece’s eco­nomic situation.



Title: Hon­est Eco­nom­ics
“Updates on Bernanke’s new big-bucks fin­ance job, GM avoids bil­lions in vic­tims’ claims for faulty igni­tions, Seattle cap­it­al­ist raises all work­ers to min­imum $70k/yr, Amer­ic­ans’ self-delusion on inequal­ity, private profit trumps pub­lic policy, and anti-student-debt act­iv­ism. Responses to listen­ers: impact on China if capitalism’s relo­ca­tion stopped. Major dis­cus­sions of eco­nom­ics of wages and prices, nar­row­ness of eco­nom­ics edu­ca­tion, and basic global eco­nomic devel­op­ment issue.”


Title:  “The Worker Coop Alternative”
  “Updates on inad­equate unem­ploy­ment insur­ance, Ted Cruz’s cam­paign money, law giv­ing domestic work­ers real bene­fits, and demon­iz­ing the poor. Responses to ques­tions on Cali­for­nia drought and US med­ical system’s exper­i­ments on people. Inter­view with Yochai Gal on Tech­Col­lect­ives he organ­ized: two suc­cess­ful worker coops.”



Eco­nomic Change and Per­sonal Life Crises

Updates on car parts industry, Ger­man courts cut Über, Russia’s eco­nomy grows des­pite sanc­tions, no recov­ery in declin­ing teach­ing pos­i­tions for new US PhDs in human­it­ies, and huge Mex­ican strikes against Driscoll ber­ries pro­duced for US. Responses to listen­ers on (1) coun­tries’ cur­rency manip­u­la­tions and (2) role of uni­ons in work­ers’ coops. Inter­view Dr. Har­riet Fraad, men­tal health coun­sel­lor, on how capitalism’s changes since 1970s have dis­rup­ted the per­sonal lives of US men and women and cre­at­ive solutions.



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.

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Listen here: Economics Weekly with John Weeks Show 15

by on Feb.04, 2015, under News

                                                                                                 LISTEN HERE



An inter­view with Brooke Lar­son about Latin America


con­tin­ued dis­cus­sion about United King­dom Gen­eral Elec­tion 2015, and Greek government.


United King­dom Gen­eral Elec­tion, 2015.


An inter­view with Jeff Faux about the American’s Economy


This week John Weeks dis­cusses fur­ther the issue of Cuba with Eliza­beth Dore talk­ing about “Voices from the Cuban Street”



 The pho­to­graph is of Eliza­beth Dore and Regla Hernan­dez Gomez, one of the people she inter­viewed for her 10 year study of at

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

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The Biggest Roll Back Of Human Rights In UK History

by on Jan.19, 2015, under News



The new gov­ern­ment has prom­ised to scrap the Human Rights Act. It’s a huge blow not just to us here in the UK, but to every­one still fight­ing for these rights around the world.

This is one elec­tion pledge that we simply can­not allow the new gov­ern­ment to fulfill.

Tell the new Justice Sec­ret­ary Michael Gove that you won’t com­prom­ise on rights

The threat to scrap the Act and prom­ise to replace it with a Brit­ish Bill of Rights isn’t just word­play. It could allow the gov­ern­ment – and who­ever is in power in the future – to pick and choose who can access rights in this country.

We’re being told that cer­tain rights will be removed from ‘crim­in­als and ter­ror­ists’. But tak­ing rights away from any­one under­mines your rights too — a fun­da­mental prin­ciple of human rights is that they are uni­ver­sal, they apply to all humans.

It can­not be down to the whim of the politi­cians of the day to say who rights apply to and who they do not.

Show your new gov­ern­ment that the UK is no pushover on human rights

Until this elec­tion, you might have never heard of the Human Rights Act – but you’ll notice once it’s gone. It brings human rights home, enshrin­ing them in UK law. Among many other things, the Act means the gov­ern­ment, the police, local coun­cils and other pub­lic author­it­ies must respect our basic rights.

The Human Rights Act has pro­tec­ted us all for 15 years. Now, we must stand together and fight to save it.

We are per­haps best known for our work fight­ing human rights abuses in other coun­tries. But we now face the biggest roll back of human rights ever seen in the UK. We have to fight for our rights at home to make sure we can con­tinue to fight for rights abroad.


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Right now, the UK is facing the biggest roll back of human rights in its his­tory. The new gov­ern­ment has pledged to scrap the law that pro­tects our rights.Their full inten­tions are likely to be out­lined in the Queen’s Speech on 27 May. We have until then to show new Justice Sec­ret­ary Michael Gove that this coun­try cares. Tell him to save the Human Rights Act.
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Shell vs. The People

by on Nov.22, 2014, under News

The US gov­ern­ment just gave Shell the go-ahead to drill in the Arc­tic for oil, put­ting our cli­mate and the ocean’s majestic wild­life under grave risk. But five unlikely local offi­cials hold the key to the cli­mate floodgates and can stop Shell from get­ting an import­ant per­mit from the Seattle Port. Sign to call on them to make the right decision for our planet:




The US gov­ern­ment just gave giant com­pany Shell the go-ahead to drill in the pristine Arc­tic for oil, put­ting our cli­mate and the ocean’s majestic wild­life under grave risk. But there’s a way we can stop this.

Five unlikely local offi­cials hold the key to the cli­mate floodgates. Before Shell can get to the Arc­tic, they need a key per­mit from the Port of Seattle, where Shell plans to launch the mon­ster boats to the Arctic. It doesn’t look like Shell has a real backup, and the Port’s Com­mis­sion­ers are still decid­ing whether to give Shell the per­mit. That’s where we come in.

The Port of Seattle Com­mis­sion­ers are local fig­ures who are not used to being under the global spot­light. If we build a million-strong call before the Shell rig arrives this week, we can encour­age them them to make the most import­ant decision in their lives and give Shell the answer our planet’s future depends on: Drilling in the Arc­tic? Shell No! Sign now and share widely:

Drilling the Arc­tic is extremely dan­ger­ous and far too haz­ard­ous for our fra­gile cli­mate. The closest Coast Guard sta­tion is more than 1,000 miles away. If any­thing goes wrong, which Shell’s own plan says is likely, there would be lit­er­ally noth­ing any­one could do about it.

But what’s even more incred­ible is that we’re even con­sid­er­ing unlock­ing a whole new form of extreme oil that sci­ent­ists say is 100% incom­pat­ible with main­tain­ing the cli­mate that human­kind has known for our entire exist­ence. Profits for Shell or the global cli­mate — it should be an easy choice.

The momentum is build­ing — pub­lic pres­sure from envir­on­mental act­iv­ists helped encour­age Seattle’s Mayor to insist that Shell needs this new per­mit. And two of the five Port Com­mis­sion­ers look likely to side with us and the planet, mean­ing we just need one more for a major­ity. But Shell will do everything in its power to make sure noth­ing stops their drilling, and only a global out­cry can give the Port Com­mis­sion­ers the push needed to stop them. Click below to sign:

This is lit­er­ally a battle of life and death. Last week, two sci­ent­ists in the Cana­dian Arc­tic dis­ap­peared on a sci­entific mis­sion to doc­u­ment the incred­ibly fast retreat of Arc­tic ice — likely drown­ing because the very ice they went to study wasn’t thick enough to hold them, thanks to warm weather. But fueled by hope, we can help set a course for 100% Clean energy that allows human­ity to unite behind a path of mutu­ally assured pro­gress, not destruction.

With hope,

David, Mais, Emma, Mia, Andrew and the whole Avaaz team


Shell to resume Arc­tic drilling off Alaska as green groups warn of dis­aster (The Guard­ian)

U.S. Will Allow Drilling for Oil in Arc­tic Ocean (New York Times)

Frozen Future: Shell’s ongo­ing gamble in the US Arc­tic (Report, Oil Change Inter­na­tional)

Leave fossil fuels bur­ied to pre­vent cli­mate change, study urges (The Guard­ian)

Mayor: Port needs new per­mit to host Shell oil-drilling fleet (The Seattle Times)

Rais­ing Paddles in Seattle to Ward Off an Oil Giant (New York Times)


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SolaRoad cycle path does better than expected!

by on Oct.08, 2014, under News


What a concept for a pilot pro­ject. Can’t we change our roads into gigantic solar pan­els? Har­vest energy from them? Get solar elec­tri­city from them, fed into the elec­tri­city grid and used for street light­ing, traffic sys­tems, house­holds and elec­tric cars?

A public-private part­ner­ship in the Neth­er­lands has such a going on, in the form of sun­light on the road sur­faces con­ver­ted into elec­tri­city, in the form of a bike path. The pro­ject par­ti­cipants for Sol­aRoad want the world to know that this pro­ject so far is look­ing good. Sol­aRoad is in a pilot phase for a three-year period; The Asso­ci­ated Press said that this was a 3.5-million Euro project.

The first six months of the pilot phase were suc­cess­ful, accord­ing to a Sol­aRoad press release issued earlier this month. The energy yield was bey­ond their expect­a­tions. Spokes­per­son Sten de Wit said they were sur­prised to see the level of suc­cess so quickly. Case in point: “The bike road opened half a year ago and already gen­er­ated over 3,000 kWh,” he said. “If we trans­late this to an annual yield, we expect more than the 70 kWh per square meter per year, which we pre­dicted as an upper limit in the labor­at­ory stage. We can there­fore con­clude that it was a suc­cess­ful first half year.”

The engin­eers behind the bike path design had to develop a solar road that could not only have requis­ite strength but also res­ist skids. Sol­aRoad has been described as a “liv­ing lab” of about 70 meters.

SolaRoad cycle path electricity yield exceeds expectations
Credit: Sol­aRoad

The cycle path is made up of con­crete mod­ules of 2.5 by 3.5 meters. Solar cells are fit­ted and pro­tec­ted by a centimeter-thick top layer of safety glass with a trans­par­ent, skid-resistant coat­ing. The other lane does not have solar cells; it serves as a test area. said that, “While a flat solar panel is 30 per­cent less effi­cient than those at an angle or rooftop, there’s plenty of sur­face to make up for that.”

This liv­ing lab, how­ever, has hit some issues along the way. Jon Fin­gas in Engad­get wrote, “Things haven’t been going per­fectly. The coat­ing on the ’ pro­tect­ive glass tends to peel off when the weather changes, for example, sug­gest­ing that the path could be expens­ive to main­tain as-is.” (The press release said that at the end of Decem­ber 2014 and in early Spring of 2015 a small sec­tion of the coat­ing “delamin­ated.” Large tem­per­at­ure fluc­tu­ations can cause local delamin­a­tion due to shrink­age in the coat­ing, it noted. “Repairs have been made and the devel­op­ment of an improved top layer is now in an advanced stage.”) The AP report said the fluc­tu­ations caused part of it to peel off namely in early winter and early spring.

Fin­gas remarked that, as the pro­ject to last for another two and a half years, “Sol­aRoad believes that it’ll have plenty of time to iron out the kinks, and it’s con­fid­ent enough that it plans to test its tech­no­logy on small muni­cipal roads in the future.”

Sol­aRoad offi­cially opened in Novem­ber 2014. Uber­gizmo said about 150,000 cyc­lists have crossed the Sol­aRoad in the six months that it has gone live.

The AP report said SolaRoad’s public-private part­ner­ship includes the province of Noord-Holland, TNO, Ooms Civiel and Imtech.

Look­ing to the future, TNO pro­ject man­ager Wim ven der Poel said, “Using this energy to charge while they are driv­ing over the road is a beau­ti­ful dream, which might become real­ity. Sol­aRoad acts as a step towards a closed eco­sys­tem. From mobil­ity through energy back to mobil­ity – which makes the circle complete.”

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LISTEN HERE: Murder Clinic — The Scrap of Lace (Radio Play)

by on Oct.08, 2014, under News

Listen here to The Scrap of Lace — a murder mys­tery radio play read by Radio Free Brighton volun­teers and work exper­i­ence stu­dents from Down­lands School.


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Lecture: Bioregional Photography Panel at Brighton University.

by on Oct.04, 2014, under News


A lec­ture and panel dis­cuss­ing the envir­on­ment, hos­ted by Nina Emmet founder of Foto­Doc­u­ment and Pooran Desai, founder of Biore­gional and One Planet Liv­ing. This lec­ture looks at some excel­lent pho­to­graphic col­lec­tions put together by the panel, cen­ter­ing on key envir­on­mental themes such as water usage, waste and recycling.

Held at the Sal­lis Ben­ney Theatre, Brighton, three of the ten com­mis­sioned pho­to­graph­ers, Thomas Ball, Sophie Ger­rard and Mur­ray Bal­lard, took part in the dis­cus­sion about their One Planet City photo essays now installed in pub­lic spaces around Brighton & Hove. . The pro­ject was launched under the Brighton Photo Bien­nial 2014 — core arts part­ner for the pro­ject Photoworks.

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Howard Johns: Power To The People!

by on Oct.02, 2014, under News

Howard Johns is the founder of South­ern Solar Ltd, and has been installing solar hot water sys­tems and other small scale renew­able energy sys­tems for over ten years. Dur­ing this Power To The People speech, he talks about renew­able energy, spe­cific­ally Solar Power.

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Permission for hundreds of homes and jobs at derelict fruit and veg market, Circus Street, Brighton

by on Sep.18, 2014, under News

Coun­cil­lors have approved a major regen­er­a­tion scheme in cent­ral Brighton which will deliver hun­dreds of jobs and homes.

The plan­ning com­mit­tee today (Septem­ber 17, 2014) agreed the Public-Private Part­ner­ship scheme by Cathed­ral (Brighton) Ltd, the Uni­ver­sity of Brighton and the city coun­cil to trans­form the one–hectare site off Cir­cus Street.

The former muni­cipal fruit and veg mar­ket would become a mixed-use scheme and ‘innov­a­tion quarter’, expec­ted to cre­ate 400 jobs and inject £200m into the city’s eco­nomy over the next 10 years.

Per­mis­sion includes 142 new homes, 20 per cent affordable.

New teach­ing and research facil­it­ies would be cre­ated for the Uni­ver­sity of Brighton, includ­ing a new lib­rary.  Pres­sure would be taken off the city’s fam­ily homes by the inclu­sion of 450 units of stu­dent accom­mod­a­tion, say officials.

Along­side will be a new dance stu­dio for South East Dance, expec­ted to attract 70,000 vis­it­ors and users a year.

Work­spaces would be aimed at start-up busi­nesses, artists and lar­ger com­pan­ies.  A mod­ern office build­ing, includ­ing over 3,000 sqm of flex­ible space would help grow­ing cre­at­ive and digital busi­nesses remain and flour­ish in the city.

Per­mis­sion includes res­taur­ants or shops at ground floor level, around a new pub­lic square.  Cathed­ral are prom­ising a “new genre” of urban devel­op­ment with green walls, green roofs, 78 new trees and allot­ments for food grow­ing — pro­du­cing over 200kg of food per year for residents.

Developers have agreed to pay £250,000 to improve local trans­port and recre­ation pro­vi­sion and to use at least 20 per cent local labour for construction.


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Latest news on our Pledge to Save the NHS

by on Aug.13, 2014, under News


Our Pledge to Save the NHS! What you can do now.…

Sus­sex Defend the NHS and Brighton & Hove Keep Our NHS Pub­lic are seek­ing sup­port from local Uni­ons and Com­munity Groups for their Pledge to Save the NHS (attached here).  It’s aimed at pro­spect­ive par­lia­ment­ary and coun­cil can­did­ates, and the cam­paign to get them to sign it will be launched at the end of the sum­mer, with press events, a web site, let­ter writ­ing and a hust­ings planned lead­ing up to the elec­tions in 2015.
We’ve got off to a good start: so far we’ve secured sup­port from the GMB, Brighton & Hove NUJ, Uni­son Sus­sex Part­ner­ship Branch, Brighton & Hove Uni­son, Brighton & Hove People’s Assembly, and Brighton & Hove Trades Coun­cil. And there are more in the pipeline. (We’ll be adding logos shortly)
Are you a Trade Union mem­ber? If so, please raise sup­port­ing our Pledge to Save the NHS with your branch so that we can add your Logo and show the local par­lia­ment­ary and coun­cil can­did­ates where their pri­or­it­ies should lie. We’d be happy to provide a speaker at your next branch meet­ing to tell you more about our campaign.
And if you are a mem­ber of a Com­munity Group, please see if it will lend its sup­port too.
Events com­ing up

Can you join us? Let us know if you can help out for a while at any of these stalls or if you plan to come to our meet­ings. We also have work­ing groups for our Roll of Dis­hon­our, Pledge to save the NHS, & SMS cam­paigns, if that is more your style. Let us know!


Sat 6 Sept

999 Call for the NHSPeople’s #march4nhs Rally for end of march from Jarrow

West­min­ster Lon­don– details to follow

Tues 9 Sept 

 Health and Well Being Board

4pm Hove Town Hall

(lobby for SMS tbc)

Tues 9 Sept

Sus­sex Defend the NHS organ­ising meet

7pm Brighthelm Centre

Wed 10 Sept           

Health Over­view and Scru­tiny Committee

4pm Hove Town Hall

Tues 23 Sept

B&H Clin­ical Com­mis­sion­ing Group Board and AGM

2–4.30 & 4.30−6 Brighthelm Centre

Tues 14th Oct

Health and Well­being Board

4pm Hove Town Hall

Thurs 16th Oct

Policy and Resources Committee

4pm Hove Town Hall
Cupp Sem­inar: ‘The NHS Cit­izen’ with Simon Bur­all and Anthony Zachar­zewski
1.30 — 2.30pm, Fri­day 10th Octo­ber — A500 Check­land Build­ing, Falmer cam­pus
Simon and Anthony are part of a lar­ger part­ner­ship devel­op­ing NHS Cit­izen<>. A national sys­tem of pub­lic and patient engage­ment being developed to hold the Board of NHS Eng­land to account. While the sys­tem is national, most patients and cit­izens exper­i­ence the health ser­vice at a local level. This sem­inar will explore how the sys­tem is being designed to work and will invite par­ti­cipants to draw on their exper­i­ence, expert­ise and know­ledge to help answer ques­tions about whether and how such sys­tems can plug into local spaces where cit­izens are already debat­ing health and social care. Simon is the Dir­ector of Involve<> and Anthony is Dir­ector of Dem­soc<> and both are involved in numer­ous innov­a­tions to enhance civic participation.

This sem­inar is free and open to all but advance book­ing is required. Refresh­ments will be avail­able.
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