GO BIG: How To Fix Our World

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GO BIG: How To Fix Our World

GO BIG: How To Fix Our World

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Ed's book maps out a vision of what such a future could look like and how we can become a functioning, happy, equal and sustainable society. A great playbook that focuses on all our big challenges and shows how we can and ARE coming up with workable solutions. After all, wasn’t the Corbynite policy platform quite timid when it came to public ownership, let alone workers’ control of industry? I wasn't expecting a huge amount, but was swayed by some of the interviews and media he had done promoting it.

By picking out a few examples of good bosses being generous to their workers, Miliband clearly believes – with no small satisfaction – that he has disproven the general thesis that society is in the main divided into two great classes, locked together in struggle. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. His enthusiasm for worker-ownership, capped at 10%, is in fact entirely consistent with his promotion of “One Nation Labour” during his time as leader. Presenting anecdotes of when people went big and by doing so shifted the Overton window and were met with compelling societal change.Should be of interest to those across the political spectrum interested in how the future can be shaped to deal with big social, economic and environmental challenges. Was Miliband successful at turning the page on New Labour and at re-imagining social democracy for the post-global financial crisis era? Brought up against a backdrop of tragedy, with a prominent Marxist thinker for a father, Ed followed his brother to the same college at Oxford, into Parliament and into the Cabinet before, at the eleventh hour, snatching away David’s dream of the leadership. He speaks for the people he represents and shows strategies for improving pressing world problems, from the workaday to the global demands of a Green New Deal. Go Big’s origins lie in Miliband’s podcast series, a post-2015 challenge that’s allowed academics and activists, campaigners, and politicians of all stripes to share their insights on all manner of subjects with the wider public.

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I truly believe he is a kind, educated person who is trying to help, and honestly we could use more people like that. I liked the optimist's prism through which Miliband looks at problems at hand and proposes likely solutions drawing from examples applied elsewhere in the world or at different times but in a relevant context. The answer of course is that we are in a historical period where the capitalist system is declining in both profitability and stability. Maybe he became leader too soon and hadn’t had the chance to develop and articulate a vision, maybe the immigration debate was just too toxic and took over, maybe he’s better at policy than leadership.

I was surprised as I don't listen to the podcast and my impression of Miliband was not overly positive based on his political persona but this book is very personable. Across the world, increasing numbers of people are seeing inequality and climate concerns as problems that need to be tackled on local, national and international scales.The bigger flaw in the book, which is in turn the central flaw of Miliband’s politics, is that he is utterly incapable of a broader analysis of the class society in which we live. g., he gives a great explanation as to why truly free-market approaches have not and do not work), perhaps something to do with his year spent teaching politics at Harvard University.

When Mr Miliband points out in the Commons that the Tories have appropriated his ideas without the size of his ambition, cabinet ministers chuckle that “we are all revolutionaries now”.Miliband breaks down the problem, explains with considerable clarity why in his view there is an obvious “big” solution, and then presents a selection of examples to be learned from, whether countries with better regulatory frameworks on a particular issue, or grassroots activists offering innovative solutions or supporting those marginalised. This book is a reflection of the deep-dive into UK domestic policy which Ed has undergone since resigning as LOTO in 2015. As said in the conclusion, “we must meet the moment by raising the scale of our ambitions for what politics can achieve ”. This all sounds lovely until one asks the most basic question, the question which should have been asked first: where is the money coming from?

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