Our day jobs are to ask simple questions like, what kind of a good society do we want and how do we make the great transition to get there?
In addition to Larry Elliott's list – a safe place to put our money, a rewarding job and a natural environment enhanced for the next generation – we would add: an affordable home; security in old age; a society committed to nurturing, and prepared to pay for, the health and development of its people; communities where we can belong; and the chance to find a work-life balance that leaves enough meaningful leisure time.
However, none of these things will be possible in a world where finance continues to enjoy extraordinary privileges. The modern precondition for a good society to flourish, and to fund a great transition to a productive, sustainable economy, is a new regime of checks and balances on capital. Without taming finance, we will be like revolutionary sailors lacking rigging, or sails.
That's a real framework for change.
I'm curious to note my co-authors are both also nominated for Left Wing Thinker of the Year, as I am.
You can give all of us a vote if you want - you are allowed five.