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The Boycott Paradox

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Written by Louis Klineberg BDS’ campaign’s real victims will be the Palestinians it professes to protect This week has been tumultuous for Palestinian/Israeli affairs. SOAS held a ‘vigil for Palestinian martyrs’, and Boris Johnson dismissed the supporters of the movement calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel (BDS) as “a bunch of corduroy-jacketed… lefty academics who have no real standing in the matter and I think are highly unlikely…

City Careers are a Real Issue

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Written by Luther Blisset, #OccupyLSE Member We should be more imaginative about the way universities work, and who they work for Last week Christopher Wilburn wrote an article defending those LSE students that aim to get corporate and financial jobs. The article was in response to a recent protest by Occupy LSE at an LSE careers fair, where protesters hung banners and handed out leaflets that challenged the growing financialisation…

Greek Crisis In Short

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Written by Aristeidis Grivokostopoulos The answer to the questions asked by non-Greeks “What’s happening in Greece? You know. With the crisis and such.” This is a typical question I am left to answer these days, as I arrive in a new country full of non-Europeans. Europeans on the other hand, do not start a conversation with a question. They start with a categorical statement that covers both the diagnosis and…

Something Old, Not Much New

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The paradox of being ‘new’ in politics, its roots and its results Written by Aristeidis Grivokostopoulos   The UK Labour Party leadership elections and the Greek parliamentary elections had a clear winner. Similarly, the Spanish elections and US primaries are not very far away. In all of the above elections, and their respective pre-election campaigns, there is a theme. Nowadays, the party or person who is an election favourite (see…

The Lefty and The Centrist; or, Two Americans at the Pub

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Two Americans have a debate about the direction of the Democratic Party after its first debate and then write it all down for publishing. Written  by Nick Foretek and Matt Razzzano   Nick Foretek (The Lefty) Matt Razzano (The Centrist) THE LEFTY: First things first, what a marked difference from the two Republican debates.  Less tempestuous, less ad hominem, less Trump.  After the debate, the New York Times ran the headline, ‘A…

In Defence of “Careerites”

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The LSE’s focus on good jobs isn’t a bad thing, time to stop the whining and embrace it. Written by Christopher Wilburn   Much has been said in the previous weeks about the shame of the LSE having a good reputation with employers, particularly those in the City. The careers fair at the LSE was almost shut down in an attempt by #OccupyLSE to protest at, as they see it,…

BME Experiences in The City: The same but different

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Written by Aniké Widman, Stephanie Offei-Ntow and Joshua Oluwafemi   To Be Frank: Intersectional Privilege Exists This past summer, through nothing short of hard work and determination, I was fortunate enough to secure a vacation scheme at a city law firm. Though having less than five hundred solicitors, the firm has an unrivalled reputation which it has built for over a century. This coupled with the amazing variety of cases I…

Corporate Conservatives

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Written by Henry Mitchell   As the Conservative Party conference comes to an end and the new Government’s honeymoon period wanes, now seems a good time to assess the party’s aims and the real drivers of George Osborne’s economic policy. The Conservatives have always been tagged as the party of the rich, but supporters would simply say that their hard line taken on welfare yet generous approach to corporate tax…

The Dilemma of the Responsible and Wise

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Written by Aristeidis Grivokostopoulos   Divestment is one of the classic 21st century words. Why would some corporation, or in general an organisation, start a project of releasing investments? The rationale before the discovery of the global warming phenomenon (before late 20th century) was that projects should be concentrated on something meaningful and productive, such as an investment. Social and environmental sensitivity, according to economic theory, is irrational. No utility…

New Economics or More of the Same?

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Written by Alex Gray   NEF, the New Economics Foundation, is an independent thinktank that campaigns for ‘Economics as if people and the planet mattered’. Campaigning for new way of thinking about Economics as a discipline, advocating key policies like a higher minimum wage, ending austerity and reform of the financial sector. I sat down with James Meadway, Chief Economist at NEF and graduate of LSE’s BSc Economics and Economic…