As our social fabric wears out we are still waiting to see the full effects.
In the never ending quest to make the principles and ideas behind LIFE accessible to a wider audience we have produced an new iBook called "Discover LIFE". Understanding who we are requires that we can reach beyond our personal perception of the world to see ourselves as a species. Who are humans? How did we... Continue Reading →
Martin Wolf provides the most succinct description yet of the current economic malaise: Helicopter drops might not be far away. As described, the situation is the result of a two decade march to remove safety from our societies, asking individuals to take on the burden of their individual safety (an oxymoron) instead – this is... Continue Reading →
The analysis that we need to increase social safety is correct. The conclusion that the way to do that is by distributing cash is erroneous.
Any solution set that is not almost single-mindedly focussed on the provision of social safety and the encouragement of variety and specialisation is not worthy of the challenges before us.
Broad specialisation held together in large cohesive groups, the mind and the heart, the right and the left, these are the soul of our species.
The General Election in May will be the last "feel good" election in the UK for a considerable time. This year the politicians are fighting to reassure people that their delusions of sustainability are in fact possible, and that they each have the most assured path to that illusion. Who will soothe us to sleep with... Continue Reading →
There is malaise foot, people sense it, and without sensible alternatives they will increasingly gravitate to the simplest and most self-protective options that are available. This political malaise has a short horizon, even if any one of a dozen potential powder-kegs does not go off to shorten it further (a debt crisis in next 3... Continue Reading →
In an excellent collection of essays the Policy Network has collected together for their "Making Progressive Politics Work" publication, we found the following comments by various authors in support for the fundamental principles that LIFE's policies are based on. Philippe Aghion is Robert C. Waggoner professor of economics at Harvard University: The political imperative is that... Continue Reading →