Will Hutton

Will Hutton

How Good We Can Be: Ending the Mercenary Society and Building a Great Country

Festival of Ideas/
Mon 09 March 2015

Will Hutton

How Good We Can Be: Ending the Mercenary Society and Building a Great Country

Will Hutton
Mon 09 March 2015,

For a generation we have been told the route to universal well-being is to abandon the expense of justice and equity and so allow the judgments of the market to go unobstructed. What has been created is a capitalism that extracts value rather than creates it, massive inequality, shrinking opportunity and a society organised to benefit the top 1%.

Will Hutton observes that the trends that so disturbed him twenty years ago have become more marked. Britain must recognise that its problems are largely made at home – and act to change them. With technological possibilities multiplying, a wholesale makeover of the state, business and the financial system is needed to seize the opportunities by being both fairer and more innovative. The aim must be to create an economy, society and democracy in which the mass of citizens flourish.

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