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    The Entrepreneurial State...

    Interesting forthcoming publication, with some trailing blogs here:

    http://marianamazzucato.com/projects...neurial-state/

    If you're interested in going to the book launch next month - still slots on the site via eventbrite.
    "We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven into an age of unreason if we dig deep into our history and remember we are not descended from fearful men" Edward R Murrow

    "Little by little, we have been brought into the present condition in which we are able neither to tolerate the evils from which we suffer, nor the remedies we need to cure them." - Livy


    "I think that progress has been made by two flames that have always been burning in the human heart. The flame of anger against injustice and the flame of hope that you can build a better world" - Tony Benn

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    I suspect Eamo will keel over if he reads that link.
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      #3
      I,m typing this upside down
      I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
      HL Mencken

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        #4
        I guess the State is entrepreneurial insofar as it steals the product of its slaves and enforces it's authority - it's entrepreneurial like the Mafia. Fortunately statism is on the way out
        I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
        HL Mencken

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          #5
          http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisf...n-rail-profits

          Somewhat relevant article in the Guardian today.
          "It’s not the team you support, it’s the club you should support. The team on the pitch will ebb and flow because that’s the nature of sport. No team has ever been successful decade on decade. The club has the history and that’s the passion you should have."

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            #6
            Originally posted by Eamo View Post
            I guess the State is entrepreneurial insofar as it steals the product of its slaves and enforces it's authority - it's entrepreneurial like the Mafia. Fortunately statism is on the way out
            RAAAAGEEEE against the dying of the light! (or the transparent bankruptcy of late 20th century neo-liberal ideology).

            Unfortunately for all of us, Capitalists realised a long time ago that statism is the way forward, and so have been busy capturing the instruments of the State.

            Though as someone who doesn't agree with Democracy, I suspect you might be ok with that.
            "We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven into an age of unreason if we dig deep into our history and remember we are not descended from fearful men" Edward R Murrow

            "Little by little, we have been brought into the present condition in which we are able neither to tolerate the evils from which we suffer, nor the remedies we need to cure them." - Livy


            "I think that progress has been made by two flames that have always been burning in the human heart. The flame of anger against injustice and the flame of hope that you can build a better world" - Tony Benn

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              #7
              The idea that all governments are an evil mafia is up there with moon landings were a hoax and the moon is made of cheese category of mouth foamer theories.

              Sectioning is appropriate.

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                #8
                Can't accuse this current French gvt of being entreprenurial. They have just decided to make major changes to the "Autoentrepreneur" status. This status allows people to work independantly and invoice clients like a ltd company, without the need to produce a set of accounts. One can also not charge VAT nor wite off any expenses, however one must deduct Employers and employees NI contributions and pay these quarterly (although at a reduced rate to a ltd company). Nearly a million people have registered as autoentrepreneurs since the legislation was introduced by the last govt. For a service provider a ceiling of 32,500€ turnover has now been reduced to 19,000€, and if this is exceeded in two consecutive years a ltd company must be formed.

                The measure is to avoid disguised employment! However if employers have wanted to use autoentrepreneurs, and unemployment is at an all time high they obviously wouldn't have been hiring full time employees (notoriusly difficult to lay off in France).

                Personally I'm gutted as I was paying reduced NI contributions for the first three years of operation having been unemployed recently.

                I can't help feeling that this an effort to create more bureaucratic work for the underworked public service, or god forbid allow the govt an excuse to hire even more public servants. Currently they make up 20% of the workforce, can't be fired, pay less contributions, and have more benefits than the private sector. The socialist govt of Lionel Jospin hired a million public servants back in the 90s.

                Rant over!

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                  #9
                  The French govt has been pump priming French industry for years, and bending EU rules to do it. There wouldn't be a PLC in France worth the name without state aid.
                  "We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven into an age of unreason if we dig deep into our history and remember we are not descended from fearful men" Edward R Murrow

                  "Little by little, we have been brought into the present condition in which we are able neither to tolerate the evils from which we suffer, nor the remedies we need to cure them." - Livy


                  "I think that progress has been made by two flames that have always been burning in the human heart. The flame of anger against injustice and the flame of hope that you can build a better world" - Tony Benn

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                    #10
                    I visited Germany in 2005 on a business trip as guests of a major newspaper press manufacturer. What my company did with four men they did with 15 and a stack of computerised equipment which meant that they only actually had employment for two men at any one time.
                    These were craft jobs so were probably the highest paid non senior management jobs in the industry. But their govt simply wouldn't allow them to sack the remaining staff. The part of me that spent 15 years in Thatcher's Britain was shocked, but the part of me that thought there was a way to be productive and improve productivity without destroying working communities overnight was delighted.
                    The german govt provided assistance of many sorts to the staff and to the employer. It was clear that the attitude of the unions, employer and state was that stability and economic progress was something they all valued and understood could be achieved best by acting in concert, while still pursuing their own distinct goals.

                    State involvement in industry happens everywhere and all the time, in places like the USA, Japan, India and Germany and it is not only desirable but necessary.

                    Who socialises and educates the workforce, provides the transport network to get them to work or the faciliities in which to carry out research, cares for them when they are ill and cares for them in their old age? The state represents our most basic collective interests transformed into an entity in itself. That is all.

                    The neo cons hate the state because it is the only entity large and powerful enough to prevent them subverting the planet in their selfish interests and becoming all powerful.
                    Munster – Champions of Europe 2006, 2008, 2019.

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