George Monbiot: To us, it’s an obscure shift of tax law. To the City, it’s the heist of the century

Our political system protects and enriches a fantastically wealthy elite, much of whose money is, as a result of their interesting tax and transfer arrangements, in effect stolen from poorer countries, and poorer citizens of their own countries. Ours is a semi-criminal money-laundering economy, legitimised by the pomp of the lord mayor’s show and multiple layers of defence in government. Politically irrelevant, economically invisible, the rest of us inhabit the margins of the system. Governments ensure that we are thrown enough scraps to keep us quiet, while the ultra-rich get on with the serious business of looting the global economy and crushing attempts to hold them to account.

- from The Guardian

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TFW u wake up in a room three times the size of your apartment, with this view. V important that no one finds out about Hobart, or they’d move here in a heartbeat. #Undisciplined

TFW u wake up in a room three times the size of your apartment, with this view. V important that no one finds out about Hobart, or they’d move here in a heartbeat. #Undisciplined

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It’s niiiiiiiiiice here #Undisciplined #MoreLikeYoYoYoBart @creativeislandtas

“If you can touch it, you own it. If you can ski on it, you REALLY own it,” Kaare Krokene from @snohetta talking about building #publicspace & ownership into their #architecture, and their brilliantly interdisciplinary mindsetHow️NutsAre️TheirProjects?!? I’m at a super special inter-anti-un disciplinary conference called #Undisciplined @creativeislandtas in Hobart this weekend, stay tuned…

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TFW your amazing M8s bring you a truckload of bewwwwwwdiful Japanese print pieces covering all my favourite things: art, bikes & wacky prints. Can anyone translate?  u @callmekbro @cmog808 </p width=

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I finallypicked up my bible aka this magical self-help tome. Thank you, @big_ego_books, you truly are doing 's work.

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Finally, a form of meditation ya gurl can get behind. Tianzhou Chen, OMat #ritualspirit @whiterabbitgallery

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A total #underbellyarts highlight: Tweets from the Underground by Gwen Taualai @gtaualai </p width=

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13/15 #dooroftheday

13/15 #dooroftheday

It’s time to get #emojinal about this insanity:

It’s time to get #emojinal about this insanity: </p width=

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TFW Barney is 2 sexy 4 words: Bhenji Ra #artstar #UnderbellyArts

V v sneaky pic of ‪Melissa Knothe Tate, Biotextilogy: The Cellular Catwalk, exploring the weaving that takes place in our cells, at #SydneyCraftWeek shhhhh

V v sneaky pic of ‪Melissa Knothe Tate, Biotextilogy: The Cellular Catwalk, exploring the weaving that takes place in our cells, at #SydneyCraftWeek shhhhh

Romi Graham @thebeardedtit #samegurlsame

Romi Graham @thebeardedtit #samegurlsame

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You guys, there is a fieeeeeendish amount of stuff happening @sydneycraftweek from Fri 5-Sun 16 October ️</p width=

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Hey @ourgoldenage who does your art direction/design because I love them so very much </p width=

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