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Building a Fairer Society : Annie Miller, Ruth Patrick & Mary Mellor (RBF)

November 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free - £5

Austerity, a response to the aftermath of the financial crisis, continues to devastate contemporary Britain. Economist Annie Miller, academic Mary Mellor and researcher Ruth Patrick are three of Britain’s leading, and most incisive minds on social policy.

Annie Miller, in A Basic Income Handbook exhaustively examines and explains what basic income is and how to implement it, using extensive economic data to back up her conclusions. In For Whose Benefit? Ruth Patrick investigates the day to day lives of those on benefits, and how the political attitude to those on welfare reflects, or doesn’t reflect, reality. Annie and Ruth are joined by Mary Mellor who has published extensively on alternative economics integrating socialist, feminist and green perspectives.

Though each of these three authors approach questions of economic inequality and neglect from different angles, they reach the common conclusion that the current status quo of British economic politics is damaging to an overwhelming number of its people. Together, they will discuss what needs to change to develop a society that works on an economic level without hurting those who are in most need of help.

*This event originally included Vickie Cooper as a speaker, unfortunately Vickie is no longer able to attend *

This event is run in collaboration with Capital & Class!

Since 1977 Capital & Class has been the main independent source for a Marxist critique of global capitalism. Pioneering key debates on value theory, domestic labour, and the state, it reaches out into the labour, trade union, anti-racist, feminist, environmentalist and other radical movements. It analyses the important political, economic and social developments of our time and applies a materialist framework unconstrained by divisions into economics, politics, sociology or history.

But Capital & Class is not just another scholarly leftwing journal. Its editorial board members are elected representatives of a democratic membership organisation. This organisation, the Conference of Socialist Economists, was founded in 1970 with the aim of fostering the materialist critique of capitalism in the Marxist tradition through non-sectarian debate and discussion. Individual subscribers to Capital & Class become members of the Conference of Socialist Economists with the right to vote at the AGM, elect members to the executive committee and editorial board, and influence policy. Members are encouraged to set up CSE local groups and participate in and initiate discussions and debates about both theoretical understanding and practical action.

Please find further information on the journal, membership and activity at www.cseweb.org.uk/index.html.

This event is part of the Radical Book Fair: a four day, bookshop run  flea-market of books and ideas! Most event places are free, however you may also book Event Supporter Vouchers for just £5 – these vouchers are fully redeemable against the books showcased at each event,  help us cover the costs of the Fair and enable us to offer Free places to others so that we can make the Fair as accessible as possible. Please consider this when booking your places below!


November 17, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free - £5
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Lighthouse Bookshop
0131 662 9112