Wednesday, July 20, 2005

"It's not about how much more we can give, so much as how much less we can take." 1

1. Vandana Shiva, July 2005. Ecologist.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

As good as it gets?

No man "comes into the world with a saddle on his back, neither any booted or spurred to ride him" 1

"Under capitalism the strong are booted and spurred to ride the weak" 2

"In truth, the capitalist democracies of the 21st centuary perpetrate a double fraud...partly because the inequalities that are inseperable from capitalism are bound to spill over from the economy into the polity, and partly because the citizenry does not, in any serious sense, control the political class that is supposed to be its agent."

1. Richard Rumbold.

2. David Marquand, 27th June 2005. As good as it gets? New Statesman.

Social Justice - Equality of opportunity and personal responsibility

"If we are serious about equality of opportunity, he contends, we need to be serious about eradicating, all the influences that social class, race and family background have on life chances...Taking equality of opportunity seriously actually invloves keeping outcomes within a narrow range...In policy terms this would entail a huge expansio of schemes such as Sure Start...childcare...education...public health initiatives...food...capital grants to young people and a universal basic income." 1

1. Martin O'Neill, 11 July 2005. Only fair, New Statesman.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

"Debt, unfair terms of trade and poverty are not causes of Africa’s problems but symptoms. The cause is power: the ability of the G8 nations and their corporations to run other people’s lives." 1

1. Monbiot, 09/07/2005.