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  • New Years, Gramsci, and Easing into 2017


    On New Year’s Day Jacobin magazine published a short piece by Atonio Gramsci called “I Hate New Year’s Day”. In the article Gramsci argues: “I hate these New Year’s that fall like fixed maturities, which turn life and human spirit into a commercial concern with its neat final balance, its outstanding amounts, its budget for […]

  • What if the state provided everyone with a basic income?


    Trials around the world are about to explore what happens when people are guaranteed a minimum amount of money to live on. The radical policy could reinvent our relationship to work. Originally published in BBC Future, 18 January 2017.  This month Finland is embarking on a radical economic experiment. Its government is giving 2,000 people […]

  • The teaches of peaches


    Last weekend my partners and I drove to Sydney to see Peaches live in concert. I am not much of a concert-goer, and so it often takes someone I really love to get me out to a gig. This year Peaches was that person. When we saw she was touring we jumped on tickets , […]