LWM co-founder: rebuild and rediversify economies

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Last September, Colin Hines, co-founder of LWM, gave the final address (link to pdf here) at the 20th Conference on Alternative Economic Policy in Europe, at the Sapienza University in Rome (Department of Statistics), organised by the EuroMemo Group and jointly hosted with Economia Civile. His conclusion:

“A successful campaign to turn Treaty of Rome into a “treaty of home” would allow countries to cooperate to take back control of their borders for progressive goals, such as reducing inequality and rebuilding flourishing, sustainable local economies. This in turn could result in increased political support for a reformed Europe which actually gives citizens hope by providing economic, social and environmental policies which tackle the majority’s present fears for the future, rather than making them worse”.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 8:18 pm
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    Just a note to clarify LWM’s position, or lack of it, on the Treaty of Home idea: Colin’ proposal is around the flow of goods, services, money and people across national borders. LWM very much welcomes contributions to the political debate on our current economic conditions, and sees money as the most important of these, closely followed by goods and services. As an organisation, we don’t have have an agreed position on the flow of people across borders, but as coordinator, I think the freedom of movement of people has by far less negative and more positive impacts, and is often a red herring in economic debate.

    The policy focus should be on improving the lot of those who feel they have no choice but to become economic migrants, not on excluding them – particularly given our place in an abusive colonial history (and indeed an abusive corporate present.) It should also be on improving the lot of those with the lowest incomes, worst housing and employment prospects, who are sometimes, though less often than some think, affected by ‘competition’ from temporary and permanent migration.

    On the red herring of immigration, I always like the biscuit analogy. An immigrant, a UKIP member and a banker are sitting round a table with a plate of 50 biscuits. The banker takes 49 of the biscuits. The UKIP member says “you want to watch that immigrant – he’s after your biscuit”.

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