February 14, 2011

The People's Economy

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I’ve been involved in setting up a new website for the last few weeks – The People’s Economy.

Some information from the website:

What is The People’s Economy?

The People’s Economy is an information hub, a new resource for citizens and candidates to help us understand the labyrinthine mire that is Ireland’s current economic predicament. Created by a core group of independent economists and dedicated volunteers, The People’s Economy is about cutting through the jargon, busting the myths, and asking the questions we need answering about the biggest issue of all: our economy.

The People’s Economy aims to provide all citizens with the tools to understand Ireland’s economic situation by turning econo babble into everyday language, providing the answers to frequently asked questions regarding our economy, identifying and busting common myths about what is happening in Irish economics, suggesting key questions to ask candidates.

The People’s Economy aims to provide candidates running for election with clear and easy-to-understand information about economics and even better, it’s all free!

A Volunteer Effort

This time, with this election, it’s personal. Volunteers got involved, some from a sense of powerlessness in the face of the greatest economic catastrophe to hit our society, others from a sense of civic duty. All want to make some kind of contribution, even a small one, to the fulfillment of this Ireland’s future potential as an independent nation.

So, instead of yelling in frustration at the telly of a wet evening, we answered the call to help get information out there, so that we can all make informed decisions in the upcoming election.


  1. Dorothy Jones

    I had a look at thepeopleseconomy this morning. It’s a good clear website, a tribute to those involved.

    I have circulated the reference by mail.

    • kissane

      I agree fully Dorothy.
      Congrats David.
      (Maybe next some of us cud do ditto for the Irish Catholic Church.)Democracy is on a roll.
      May I also take this opportunity to again suggest to all the news site democracynow.org

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  4. adamabyss

    The new site is very slow, must be getting a lot of hits.

  5. Austin Bourke

    Corruption of the body Politic
    My father Dr Austin Bourke (ex director of the meteroligical service and an international scientist of world repute) was a staunch supporter of Fianna Fail since it first got into power in 1932 to his death in 1995. He thhought like many of his contemporaries (many who were directors of other important services) that politicans and especially Fianna Fail ones were in office for the good of the country and the welfare of its people. He was lucky to have died before the corruptiom of the body politic by Charles J Haughey, Michael Lowry and many others became apparent. In an article to the Irish Times on the disaster of the famine he said and i quote “The real lesson of the famine is not a sterile one, but a warning that is never outated-that the greed and shortsighted self-interest of groups with effective power, no matter with what veneer of respectibility they may be disguised by current economic or political thought, must not be permitted to ride roughshod over the long-term welfare of the people as a whole. Surely we need these values in politicans again. Austin G Bourke

  6. persilschein

    thanks for this site. Hopefully this is a step towards changing our culture towards desire for knowledge. The Catholic Church survived the invention of the printing press and the sharing of information that involved. In fact, it led to improvements, stopped structural rot and left it stronger.
    Hopefully, we can do the same with economic, mathematical knowledge.
    Thanks again.

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