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Making do, rationing and nostalgic austerity
Alison Hulme

the problems we confront today (2009:5). It is these same conditions that Cameron and Osborne attempted to garner, despite the fact that, as Clarke and Newman quite correctly point out, they seem rather less reliable in the present day. At best, the purpose of austerity is ‘shared on a sort of grudging acquiescence about the condition of the global economy, the public debt and the “necessity” of tough measures’ (2012:307). It is not dissimilar to Margaret Thatcher’s claim that ‘There Is No Alternative’ (TINA), which typically evoked grudging compliance rather than

in A brief history of thrift
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Thoreau in the city
Alison Hulme

lose, in fact there is no alternative. This book, and indeed all those who are currently discussing these issues, are naive in a knowing way –​a stance one might usefully call wilful naivety. There are a number of aspects that are key to this vision, and what follows will provide a brief explanation and thinking on each. First, the new society of thrift as thriving requires collective commodities and a solid commitment to maintaining them as collective. By collective commodities what is meant is those goods and services provisioned and consumed primarily by

in A brief history of thrift
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Joe Earle, Cahal Moran and Zach Ward-Perkins

cent in 2013.60 The focus of successive governments on expanding GDP is part of a trend in which the concerns of the public are ignored. The British public as a whole has never been asked what the aims of the economy should be. Instead, the goal is simply to increase a number that may fail to capture much of social reality and that many people do not truly understand. A failure to challenge this state of affairs creates the impression that there is no alternative. The dominance of a single measure of economic success is inevitably going to shape collective

in The econocracy