Simon Duffy

Thoughts, Bemusements & Arguments

Simon Duffy

Thoughts, Bemusements & Arguments

Donate

You can find all of Simon's blogs from here


Equality - The Kind That Really Matters

Equality - The Kind That Really Matters

14th July 2017

Status is not a zero-sum game. It is possible to live in a world where people are valued equally.

Why Welfare Reform is Wicked

Why Welfare Reform is Wicked

3rd May 2017

The term 'welfare reform' disguises a harmful attack on our rights and well-being.

What Do We Believe?

What Do We Believe?

10th April 2017

It is time to assert our equality, the value of our diversity and the need for citizenship.

Tilting at Windmills or Radical Hope

Tilting at Windmills or Radical Hope

27th March 2017

What is really going on in the post-industrial towns, villages and cities?

Inequality is Inefficient

Inequality is Inefficient

2nd March 2017

Inequality is not only bad for us - bad for our mental health and bad for society - it is also really wasteful.

Strangers in Alien Lands

20th February 2017

A poem to celebrate the contribution of migrants to community life.

Equality and the Market

26th January 2017

Tackling the myth that markets are the key to productivity.

Living in the Ghetto

Living in the Ghetto

18th January 2017

Community care is not acceptable if it means creating care ghettos rather than enabling full citizenship.

Can Socialism Reinvent Itself for the 21st Century?

Can Socialism Reinvent Itself for the 21st Century?

15th December 2016

What is socialism really all about? It needs to be reimagined if it is going to connect with our real challenges and what people actually care about.

Why We Are Launching Citizen Network

Why We Are Launching Citizen Network

21st November 2016

Why we are launching Citizen Network as a global community for people and organisations who want to create a world where everyone matters.

On The Desire For Citizenship

20th November 2016

A poem on the meaning of citizenship.

Is a Pro-Community Welfare State Possible?

Is a Pro-Community Welfare State Possible?

11th November 2016

Can we reconcile the functions and systems inherent in the welfare state with our desire for richer community lives and greater citizenship?

Why Socrates Would Vote for Corbyn

Why Socrates Would Vote for Corbyn

15th August 2016

Honesty in politics is hard and the price paid by politicians who are willing to be honest is often brutal.

Gangster Economics

Gangster Economics

8th August 2016

Gangsterism, not liberalism, better describes the current economic system.

Confusopoly: Lessons for Social Change

3rd August 2016

Many so-called markets seem purposefully confusing.

From Cameron to May - The Invisibility of Justice

19th July 2016

Politicians of the Left need to make Justice loveable.

Two Conflicting Forms of Neoliberalism

8th May 2016

Within the ideals of neoliberalism lurks a greater evil - meritocratic elitism.

Why Is It So Hard? It's Time for Action

4th May 2016

We cannot expect to see the changes we want to just emerge, naturally. We need to be willing to act differently.

Words are Like Maps

3rd May 2016

An aphorism

10 Things I Love About Finland

10 Things I Love About Finland

29th March 2016

Reflections on the wonderful Suomi - hyvä maa

Questions about Disability Cuts

21st March 2016

Answering questions on welfare reform and disability benefit cuts.

Czars, Commissioners or Just Us?

7th March 2016

The idea of super leaders who will come in and get things organised is very attractive, especially when we are in the middle of a crisis. However sometimes we are just kidding ourselves about their potential value.

Anaxaphobia or Who Will Lead?

29th February 2016

We have a fear of leadership that is rooted in our own unwillingness to act.

Further Apologies for the Complex RAS

8th December 2015

Good ideas can often come unstuck. The complex RAS (Resource Allocation System) was one such idea.