Preston Byrne

The Benefit-Industrial Complex

Written by | Monday 17 December 2012

Anyone following the progress of the government's “Universal Credit” welfare reform program will know that (1) its signature provision is the creation of the so-called Benefit Cap limiting the amount of benefits that any one person or family can claim in a given week to £350 or £500, respectively.

The Benefit-Industrial Complex

Written by | Monday 17 December 2012

Housing benefit is a national industry, says Preston Byrne. In this article he argues that it sustains a national minimum rent and drives up rental costs for everyone.

Anyone following the progress of the government's “Universal Credit” welfare reform program will know that (1) its signature provision is the creation of the so-called Benefit Cap limiting the amount of benefits that any one person or family can claim in a given week to £350 or £500, respectively.

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On communists and tax freedom

Written by | Wednesday 30 May 2012

On my way into work yesterday morning, I stumbled across a passage of Thomas Paine's American Crisis with which I identified. "Universal Empire," Paine wrote, "is the prerogative of a writer. His concerns are with all mankind, and though he cannot command their obedience, he can assign them their duty."

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Fluffy capitalism

Written by | Monday 23 January 2012

Last week, as has happened many times before, the Prime Minister gave a speech.

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They just don't get it

Written by | Tuesday 2 August 2011

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Think piece: LulzSec and the open society

Written by | Wednesday 13 July 2011

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LulzSec and the open society

Written by | Wednesday 13 July 2011

The first subversive act I can remember carrying out was during the spring of my senior year in high school. At the time, I had signed up for intramural ultimate frisbee – I didn't take to interscholastic sports and never saw the point of spending my weekends being carted off to faraway destinations in a van, just to throw a ball at some people I'd never met before. Everything was going swell until one day, after arriving to practice bare-footed as usual, I was ordered to go back to my room to throw on some shoes.

Think piece: The anger behind the strikes

Written by | Thursday 16 June 2011

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