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Why anger and confusion reign in an economy paralysed by myth
Author: Jack Mosse

For a number of decades our economy has failed to work for ordinary citizens. Stagnant wages have been combined with underemployment and rising costs of basic goods like healthcare, education and housing. At the same time, a small minority of the population make obscene profits, while in the background we continue to hurtle headlong into an environmental emergency. However, despite there being no shortage of anger and anti-elite sentiment expressed in what is often referred to as the ‘culture wars’, no significant challenge to the dominant economic model has broken into the mainstream. The pound and the fury argues that behind this failure of imagination are a set of taken-for-granted myths about how the economy works – myths that stifle debate and block change. The book analyses these myths, explores their origin, how they circulate and how they might be dispelled at a time when, away from the public gaze, economic theory is opening up new possibilities of economic action. Possibilities that, as we emerge from the chaos of Covid-19, could lead to the radical structural changes we desperately need.

Vittorio Bufacchi

But where some saw abstraction others saw the truth. Albert Camus, The Plague In the concluding chapter of this book, some considerations will be given to what social, political, and economic changes need to be made, domestically and globally, after this pandemic crisis is over. The rhetoric of war, often used to describe our struggle with COVID-19, suggests that we must start thinking in terms of jus post bellum : if life resumes as if this COVID-19 episode was only a temporary glitch, and everything post COVID-19 goes back to being essentially

in Everything must change
Kuba Szreder

bifurcation – and COVID-19 disruption definitely contributes to the systemic crisis of late capitalism – usually stable systems become chaotic. In such volatile situations, even modest actions may have a great effect. So here is our opportunity: while the post-COVID-19 world order is in its nascent stage, pointed interventions might make the difference between socialism and barbarism. Organising yet another project won't resolve anything, but diverting the flow of artistic and curatorial projects towards the political project of

in The ABC of the projectariat
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Andrew Monaghan

. 11 But in many ways the COVID-19 pandemic has only again underlined the value of familiarity with Russia's strategic planning and attempts to act with a global horizon. In some senses, it has re-emphasised some of the flaws and inefficiencies in the Russian system of governance. But significantly, despite hints of a new, “post-COVID” era emerging after the outbreak, there is a strong sense of continuity in Russian strategy. If Putin has suggested that the ‘serious challenges

in Russian Grand Strategy in the era of global power competition
Tony Dundon, Miguel Martinez Lucio, Emma Hughes, Debra Howcroft, Arjan Keizer, and Roger Walden

mapping three future developments, each shaped by different sets of contextual circumstances and factors. The future is likely to see a greater set of parallel realities running alongside each other (even, perhaps, in the context of worsening conditions overall). The first we label a reinvigorated minimalist state , which mirrors one part of Hyman’s intervention. Here the state (and related state agencies and bodies) address a burgeoning void of citizen (worker) rights, which may find a new space in post-Brexit and/or post-COVID landscape, either as deregulated or

in Power, politics and influence at work
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Naomi Chambers and Jeremy Taylor

order to make the values of the NHS Constitution a consistent day-in day-out reality. Policies, programmes, workforce strategies and funding arrangements need to do better to produce care that is consistently well organised around patients. As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, 5G and post-COVID-19 era, there is an opportunity to deconstruct and reconstruct services in a different way (see below). For NHS leaders and managers, some of the stories will make for uncomfortable reading. To what extent could patients in your own hospital or

in Organising care around patients
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The COVID-19 pandemic
Martin Yuille and Bill Ollier

also because we recognised that we were, ourselves, most familiar with societal structures in the UK: we too suffer from parochialism. COVID-19 has exposed a weakness in this book: it is not solely about saving sick Britain. The pandemic demonstrates that we are far more intimately connected to each other across our planet than Little Englanders can admit. Had we started on this book post-COVID-19, we might well have entitled it ‘Saving our sick societies’. We may well have referred not to the ‘modern plagues’ but to the ‘modern pandemics’. The case we make for the

in Saving sick Britain
Vittorio Bufacchi

entering the territory of a new social contract, which will form the cornerstone of a new civil society post COVID-19. We need to bring back the state, to reclaim the idea of the common good, and above all to repossess the territory that neoliberalism handed to the profit-maximizing private sphere on a golden plate.

in Everything must change
Vittorio Bufacchi

experts and researchers received at the start of this crisis quickly turned to resentment when the advice to enforce a strict lockdown became personally and financially unbearable, fuelled by unscrupulous populist politicians wanting to turn the growing animosity against this perceived elite to their own advantage. The uncertainty regarding how science will fare post COVID-19 raises an interesting question about the best way to organize politics during crisis management. One of the most distinguished living philosophers of law, Joseph Raz, has suggested radical

in Everything must change
Michael B. Petersen

is Russia's nuclear capabilities, which surpass those of China. 3 Between 1998 and 2020, Russia's monthly foreign trade turnover averaged $42.38 billion. In June 2020, post-COVID-19 outbreak, that number was $42.71 billion. See “Russian Foreign Trade Turnover”, CEIC Data, www.ceicdata.com/en/russia/foreign-trade-summary-federal-customs-service/foreign-trade-turnover (accessed 14

in Russian Grand Strategy in the era of global power competition