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Study & Action Circle - Land, Poverty And The Global Financial System

Instead of fulfilling its proper role of providing finance for investment in the real economy, creating jobs and enabling people to take responsibility for their own well-being, today's global financial system deliberately undermines the real economy.

The principal beneficiaries are a tiny global elite who control virtually all economic resources, especially land, at the expense of millions of people who are denied fair access to economic resources and the opportunity to escape poverty. The problems of rich and poor countries alike have a common cause and a common solution, but it is a solution that requires radical revision of the underlying assumptions of mainstream economics.

Mark Braund will lead this study circle and he is is the author of The Possibility of Progress (2005) and The Blueprint (2013). He is co-author, with Ross Ashcroft, of Four Horsemen: The Survival Manual  (2012). He has written for The Guardian and The Times Literary Supplement among other publications.

Outside writing, his career has taken in the private, public and voluntary sectors. In the 1990s he spent three years in Mozambique setting up IT Systems in The Ministry of Health. He currently runs a small business in south-east London.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Our next Land and Poverty - Study & Action Circle is 7pm Monday 10th June at a private address near to British Museum (Tottenham Court Road Tube Station). Speaker on Microfinance. All welcome.

    May 23, 2013

  • Aishlyn A.

    Campaigning/advocacy group I mentioned - http://results.org.uk/

    Next meeting is 21st of May for May Action and next action is to join IF campaign on June 8th. If you have any questions, I might have the answers. See you at an event soon :)

    1 · May 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Many thanks for this info' Aishlyn.

      May 17, 2013

    • Ruby

      Hi Aishlyn, could you let me know where the next Results meeting is taking place? Am interested in attending. Thanks :-)

      May 20, 2013

  • Philip V.

    As I said at the meeting, my group, West London Humanists and Secularists had an event the following night at which John Christensen, Director of the Tax Justice Network, spoke. It was truly inspirational and I suspect you would all have found it so. I will be writing a report but in the meantime I have uploaded one of their papers to my site where you can download it using the temporary link:
    http://westlondon.humanist.org.uk/Meeting_Reports/Meeting%20report%2016%20May%202013.html
    Incidentally he was very strongly in favour of land tax but also thinks that a transaction tax is needed to get the stock exchange to do its real job of finding capital for worthwhile ventures rather than what we have now. Their website is at www.taxjustice.net . It will be apparent that the Tax Justice Network has very wide support which is very encouraging.
    Thanks to you all for an interesting meeting.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Ruby

    Very enjoyable presentation and interesting comments from the audience.

    May 19, 2013

  • Ruby

    Having studied Economics with Justice, looking forward to this Study Circle...

    May 8, 2013

    • Ana

      Thank you for the information Dave!

      May 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      nb[masked]

      May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those interested in helping to make a film about the land question this site might be of interest.

    http://crowdfunder.co.uk/the_taxing_question_of_land_value/

    [masked]

    May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to all who attended our "standing-room only" MeetUp!

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Sylvia C.

    Excellent. But as always, there wasn't enough time to discuss such a massive issue.

    May 15, 2013

  • Eamon W.

    Apologies, I cannot make the meeting tonight.

    May 15, 2013

  • David N.

    I might be able to get to London tomorrow, depending on where the meeting is.

    May 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi David,

      May 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The meeting is not far from the TUC HQ. Nearest tube station is Tottenham Court Road. Full details when you enrol. [masked].

      May 15, 2013

  • Aishlyn A.

    First meeting for me. Looking forward to meeting you all and hearing Mark speak. See you tomorrow!

    May 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cheers Aishlyn - see you tomorrow.

      May 14, 2013

  • Margaret N.

    I am involved with Justice & Peace movement and share Sylvia's comment below.

    May 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Margaret, Hope to see you at next Wednesday's meeting. [masked]

      May 10, 2013

  • manuela

    First time attending.

    May 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We look forward to meeting you Manuela. [masked]

      May 10, 2013

  • Patrick Iain C.

    Looks fascinating - I'd love to take part. Given I can't, I'd recommend members read this book by David Graeber called Debt - the first 5,000 years, which I'm just finishing. I imagine Mark knows it already. http://www.amazon.com/Debt-The-First-000-Years/dp/1933633867

    May 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Patrick. We intend to hold monthly meetings so if you send me your email address I'll keep you personally informed. [masked]

      May 10, 2013

  • Sylvia C.

    Would love to hear other people's opinion on anti-poverty programmes such as food-financial aid/MDG 2015 vs. the reality of corruption in 3rd world countries.

    May 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cheers Sylvia, I do hope you will attend this MeetUp but if you are unable to do so and want to keep in touch (we are organising monthly MeetUps) please let me have your email address. [masked]

      May 7, 2013

  • terence f.

    Interesting but unfortunately supporting a local community library event.

    May 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cheers Terrence we will be having regular monthly meetings - if you want me to keep in touch please let me have your email address: [masked]

      May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mark Braund is a real interesting guy and he ha some important points of view that we don't often hear.

    May 4, 2013

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