In this article, Joe Austin considers the role of hedge funds in global financial markets and asks whether they played a part in causing the financial crisis that was sparked in 2007. The role of irresponsibility in markets is also explored. As a result of this irresponsibility, it can be argued that they should not be allowed to exist in their current form.
Abstract: Genetically modified crops are supposedly superior to more conventional cultivars and are increasingly grown by farmers. However, the majority of such plants are developed, at huge cost, by a relatively small number of corporations, who guard their intellectual property vigoursly. In this article, we explore some of the issues behind patenting supposedly everyday crops.
Article by Sarah Murphy-Young.
Despite the environment being higher on the agenda than ever before we seem unable to halt its destruction. Is it time that environmentalists looked at changing our economic system rather than trying to work within it?
Article by Jamie Ranger.
The article examines some aspects of the ‘new capitalism’ in various Latin American countries, and compares it to the past Keynesian capitalism of Western Europe. Is Latin American ‘new capitalism’ a sustainable model? Can lessons be learnt from Latin America for those propagating Social Democracy in Europe, such as President-elect Hollande in France?
With the election of François Hollande to the French presidency on Sunday 6 may 2012 , the movement for an alternative approach to fixing the world economy has been given a considerable boost to its momentum within Europe. But what does this alternative economic programme look like? And what are its chances in succeeding?
Article by Ben.