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By Stuart Holland
Beyond Austerity argues that the European Union already has the means to finance the equivalent of the Roosevelt New Deal, which saved the US from Depression in the 1930s, without needing either fiscal federalism or 'ever closer union'. This is highly relevant to the referendum on British membership of the EU. How can Europe's economic recovery be accomplished?
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Nottingham - UNESCO City of Literature
On Friday 12th November 2015, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, announced the designation of 47 cities from 33 countries as new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. We are please to let you know that amongst them was Nottingham, which was declared a City of Literature!
For more information please visit the UNESCO site and to become a part of our historic moment visit http://www.nottinghamcityofliterature.com/
New issue of The Spokesman
The Spokesman 131
'Jeremy Corbyns refusal to threaten to use nuclear weapons excites attention around the world. In September 2015, shortly after he was elected by a huge majority as Leader of the Labour Party in Britain, Mr Corbyn told the BBC: I am opposed to the use of nuclear weapons. I am opposed to the holding of nuclear weapons. I want to see a nuclear-free world. I believe it is possible.
New elements emerge in the public debate, albeit somewhat belatedly. In January 2013, the Defense Science Board of the US Department of Defense warned that the United States and its allies cannot be confident that their defence systems would be able to survive an attack from a sophisticated and well-resourced opponent utilising cyber-capabilities in combination with all of their military and intelligence capabilities. What does that imply for nuclear weapons?
In addition to probing Trident further in the current issue of The Spokesman, developing our coverage in issues 127 and 129, we examine some other key domestic issues which Jeremy Corbyn and a re-invigorated Labour Party now confront. These include the Conservative governments sustained attack against trade unions, and how unions might respond, as set out by Len McCluskey of UNITE. Meanwhile, TUC general secretary Frances OGrady celebrates Mike Cooleys pioneering work on humancentred systems, keeping in mind how work changes in the 21st century.'
Tony Simpson in his Editorial
Architect or Bee?
The Human Price of Technology
By Mike Cooley, Foreword by Frances O'Grady
Mike Cooley's pioneering introduction to socially useful production and human-centred manufacturing systems, with a new foreword by the General Secretary of the TUC, herself an advocate of the lessons of the Lucas Plan for alternative production priorities. Years ahead of its time, Architect or Bee? is essential reading for all those seeking a democratic alternative to the politics of austerity.
'Essential reading' - New Statesman
On the 14 Apr 2016 there will be an evening of discussion about Lucas Aerospace workers plan in the 1970s, entitled Architect or Bee? at Nottingham Contemporary.
This event is free, but booking is recommended.
Tony Benn Pamphlets
The Levellers and the English Democratic Tradition
by Tony Benn
The Levellers continue to inspire political debate and public interest. Thousands of people travel to Burford, attracted by their story with its ideas of democracy and common ownership. Tony Benn's and Frieder Otto Wolf's sparkling speeches to the annual Leveller's Day celebrations at Burford, separated by more than twenty years, give ample testimony to the strength of this tradition.
The Speaker, The Commons and Democracy
by Tony Benn
There is no doubt that unless we can restore the vitality of representative democracy more and more people will conclude that they are just pawns in an unending political game to be managed and manipulated for the convenience of those at the top.
See our full range of Tony Benn books and pamphlets.
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