Quantitative easing for the people

I’ve been thinking about money. Michael Linton, the founder of the Open Money Project, says that money is really an immaterial measure, like an inch, or a gallon, or a pound, or a degree. It’s a measure of the relative value of things and not a thing in itself. To speak of a lack of money is absurd. It’s like a builder saying he can’t finish your house as he’s run out of inches, or a brewer saying he can’t brew any more beer as he’s run out of gallons. That’s what George Osborne is telling us when he talks … Continue reading Quantitative easing for the people

Deaths of stars and friends remind us how fragile we are

There have been a number of high profile deaths in the news recently: starting with Lemmy from Motorhead, followed by David Bowie and ending with Alan Rickman last week. I was never a particular fan of any of them, but they served as a familiar backdrop to the ongoing story of my own life, so it will seem strange not to have them around any more. There was also the news of the death of my good friend Richard Stainton, which I first heard about on Facebook. What was particularly poignant about this for me is that I have recently … Continue reading Deaths of stars and friends remind us how fragile we are

The socialist commandments

Love your school-fellows, who will be your fellow-workmen in life. Love learning, which is the food of the mind; be as grateful to your teacher as to your parents. Make every day holy by good and useful deeds and kindly actions. Honour good men, be courteous to all men, bow down to none. Do not hate or speak evil of anyone; do not be revengeful, but stand up for your rights and resist oppression. Do not be cowardly, be a friend to the weak, and love justice. Remember that all the good things of the earth are produced by labour, … Continue reading The socialist commandments

When the new year begins is down to your tradition

So that’s it: 2015 is over and done, and 2016 is well on its way. I wonder how many of you have broken your new year’s resolutions already? As I’ve said before: the placing of the new year is arbitrary. The calendar is a man-made construction and only loosely connected to the progress of the actual year. When the year begins is a matter of debate, and what year you think it is depends on what culture you were born into. The Jewish new year is in September and they are in the year 5776. The Buddhist new year is … Continue reading When the new year begins is down to your tradition