“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.”
Hats off to the Norwegian Nobel Prize committee for awarding this year’s peace prize to two courageous journalists who have not allowed themselves to be cowed into submission. Dmitry Muratov and Maria Ressa, from Russia and the Philippines respectively, have stood their ground in the face of authoritarian regimes, and the awards are well deserved indeed.
There are many great initiatives which have originated in Norway and, for a country which shares its northern border with Russia, their selection is a sign that they also will not be bullied: although it's interesting to note the political balance they have struck, by choosing a winner from nations representing each end of the political spectrum.
So please READ ON .. as this week we look for these rare checks on authoritarian regimes, another form of excess intermediation, and ask how they can be encouraged.
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Welcome to Gavin Oldham's full presentation describing his vision for egalitarian capitalism.
The main set of proposals are as follows:
Egalitarian Capitalism is an alternative to socialism which, while fostering and encouraging enterprise for all, acts to involve and empower people right across society and especially the young.