The COVID-19 crisis appears to have increased public support for radical economic solutions in Europe. A survey published by the Europe’s Stories research team at the University of Oxford, revealed that 71% of those interviewed support a universal basic income. The figure is remarkable. I think support was already growing because of a sense of inequality following the financial crisis and a sense of growing economic insecurity. This was then massively catalysed by the pandemic, partially of course because quite a few governments are already expanding their social security nets during the lockdown. First of all, I’d love to encourage all of your readers to take part in this. What is absolutely clear so far is that climate change and the complex issues around jobs and social security are on top of the list. The challenge for national governments and Europe as a whole is: can they deliver? And: how do we get from here to there? I fundamentally believe that it depends on you, your colleagues and other active citizens. Governments do ultimately respond to shifts in voters’ views. In democratic politics, you can shift ideas from the margins to the centre quite quickly – our findings on the UBI, which five years ago was seen as an eccentric and wildly utopian idea, show just that. (Link: https://europeanmoments.com/your-story) Image Credit to: MabelAmber/Pixabay The most radical version of it was proposed by Thomas Piketty in his new book. He proposes a pretty generous public inheritance: roughly 120,000 Euros when you turn 25. The question is obviously how that would get paid for… More realistic, I think, as a starting point, is a level of £10,000, as proposed by the Institute of Public Policy Research in London. They set up a “Commission for Economic Justice” with a wide range of people on it, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. I think if you started with a negative income tax and a modest minimum inheritance, that’s already a lot better than what we have at the moment. Professor Garton Ash, thank you for the interview and your time. That’s such a staggering finding. With our team, we’ve been trying to dig deeper into that. As far as I can see, what it reflects is not admiration for authoritarian regimes but disillusionment with the way democracy is working. Young people believe that democracies are so slow-moving, so vulnerable to special-interest groups, corporations and the financial-services sector that they’re simply incapable of taking the radical action needed in time. No, I don’t. Emphatically not. I think in authoritarian regimes, you end up neither with an effective answer to climate change nor with freedom. It’s a mistake that people have made again and again throughout history to think that if you give up the one you get more of the other. To give you one example: China, although it tells a good story about alternative energy, is one of the biggest sources of increasing carbon emissions without any effective control by public opinion. In a democracy, you and your generation can mobilise and democratic governments will respond – the European Commission has now made it the flagship policy of this period. Cherwell spoke to Timothy Garton Ash, leader of the research group and Professor of European Studies and Leader of the “Europe Studies” research group at Oxford on what his findings could mean for the future after COVID-19, how we can combat economic uncertainty among young people, and whether the “Baby Boomer” generation might be more supportive of student activism than we think. Do you think this level of support [71%] for a universal basic income has to do with heightened uncertainty during a pandemic or is it a policy Europeans have always supported? That sounds like a really interesting policy. Could you tell me a bit more about it? Is that a view you would personally agree with? This is an interesting finding from the survey. We find much more variation when we ask questions like “Would you support a ban on non-essential flying?” or “Would you ban all petrol and diesel vehicles?”. Everyone tends to support the thing that doesn’t affect them, or affects them less: young people are more likely to support giving up petrol and diesel vehicles because they’re less likely to have one. Older generations want to keep their vehicles but would give up the flying. But beyond that: climate change is the issue of your generation and it’s definitely rather encouraging to see a degree of support from older Europeans for a really ambitious target. Why do you believe has public support for a universal basic income not been matched by a policy response in Europe? Yes, in this polling that we did, Britain is not an outlier. One of the things we discovered, ironically enough, is that just after Britain has left the EU, we see just how European the country is. The celebration of the NHS and the social care system in this country has been enormous – and what could be more European than a national health service and a strong welfare state? Does public support for policies like the universal basic income in the UK match the European response? Climate action can’t be achieved without government action. 53% of young Europeans place more confidence in authoritarian regimes than democracies when it comes to addressing the climate crisis. Are young people disappointed by their representatives, and if so, why? Your team has developed a self-interviewing facility where people can record a ten-minute interview reflecting on their own crucial European moments and hopes for Europe in 2030. What results have you been able to gather from this so far? Like all big historical moments, this one is creating very positive possibilities for us, but also very negative ones. Given the current impact of the pandemic, we could quite possibly come out of this with a much more unequal society, more nationalism and higher competition. The people who are being hit the hardest are those in low-skilled jobs and those with lower savings. The positive possibility across liberal democracies is that, with this coming on top of the financial crisis and the Eurocrisis, people finally start demanding action against inequality and insecurity for young people and poorer members of our society. The response to this in Britain could be connected to the levelling up agenda of the Johnson government, both geographically and socially – but that’s the optimistic version. How likely is it that progressive economic policies like the UBI are going to come out of the ongoing crisis in the UK? Your study also finds that 58% of Europeans would like their countries to reduce carbon emissions to no excess emissions by 2030. Many students like myself feel a lack of support from the Boomer generation, but your findings vary little by age group. If it exists, why has support for climate action by the older generations been so quiet? A universal basic income is certainly a radical proposal and has to be thought through quite carefully. A UBI is part of a cluster of concepts for a more equitable society: even Milton Friedman, a neoliberal economist, has proposed a negative income tax – people below a certain income receive money from the state instead of paying taxes. A form that I find really interesting, especially for students entering the economy is what I call universal minimum inheritance: to level up the inequality between those who have rich parents and those who don’t, everyone would get a public inheritance at the age of 25.
The stare was telling.It was the second half of a blowout home loss at the hands of Minnesota in early December. USC Athletic Director Pat Haden, sitting courtside, wasn’t so much watching what was happening on the court but staring, fixated on USC coach Kevin O’Neill, who frantically paced the Galen Center sidelines.The Trojans, again already under .500, were down, trailing the Golden Gophers by double digits as O’Neill scrambled to find the right combination of players to put on the floor. At times, he’d play two 7-footers at once, opting to insert centers Dewayne Dedmon and Omar Oraby into the lineup simultaneously. Or he’d go with a smaller lineup, playing the 6-foot-6 UC Irvine transfer Eric Wise at power forward.And as O’Neill scrambled to find something that could re-energize his group, Haden continued to stare.You sensed this was an evaluation that wasn’t going all that well and Haden was waiting for something, anything, to flip a switch.Would it be that right combination of players? Would it be a restructured scheme or a new offensive attack? Maybe a few extra rosaries might do the trick.No matter —the combinations never clicked. USC hasn’t turned its season around. And now, just more than a month later, O’Neill, in his fourth season with the program, is out of a job, fired Monday morning following an announcement from the school. He was 48-65 since being hired in June 2009.The program really just never got on track.Over his tenure, O’Neill offered a variety of explanations why things never did click. In year one, it was a self-imposed postseason ban in the wake of NCAA violations related to former guard O.J. Mayo. Year three, it was the rash of season-derailing injuries. By year four, it was a need for more time to help a team composed largely of transfers — a team dubbed the “Second-Chance Kids” — to gel.No matter how sensible or credible each reason proved to be, USC never got it done with O’Neill at the helm. His team’s performance was never at a sufficient level and so, as many expected, he faced dismissal.Under O’Neill’s watch, the Trojans ranked last among schools from the “power six” conferences, which includes the ACC, Big Ten, Big East, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC, in points per game and was second to last in winning percentage, according to ESPN Stats & Info. That includes a school single-season worst for losses with 26 a year ago.Even for USC, which doesn’t carry much of a decorated history when it comes to men’s basketball, that’s not good enough. And at 7-10 overall this season, with nine losses in the last 13 games, there wasn’t much indication the future was any brighter. So why postpone the inevitable?“As the season progressed, it became evident to me that we needed new leadership in our men’s basketball program,” Haden said in a statement released Monday.That’s all that needs to be said.This isn’t about being fair to a coach or about giving him more time and more chances. Look, the foremost reason head coaches get more time to begin with is to increase a sample size and thus give athletic administrators like Haden more time to properly evaluate their performance. He’s had that.By now, do you think Haden needs more time to assess the program and a coach who has been on the sidelines for more than 400 college basketball games and 113 with USC?Since the 2011 Pac-10 tournament, USC has mirrored a sinking ship — pardon the cliché. Following a 14-point win over California in the quarterfinals, O’Neill was involved in an altercation with a University of Arizona booster in a Downtown Los Angeles hotel lobby. The next day, he was suspended for the remainder of the tournament. USC would lose its semifinal game to Arizona and later its opening round NCAA tournament contest against Virginia Commonwealth. Since that altercation, USC is 13-38.Whatever momentum the Trojans had — winning six of their last seven games following the opening-round victory over the Golden Bears — vanished. The program has yet to recover. It hasn’t felt the same since.By this point, it’s not about being fair to O’Neill. It’s about being fair to the boosters, to alumni, to students, to fans. It’s about being fair to the players, to the program, to a $147 million, on-campus arena that opened just seven years ago.This day was coming. Everyone knew it. Haden’s had ample time to assess O’Neill and the report card — fair or unfair — wasn’t up to par. He didn’t pass the evaluation. Such is the business.If USC considers itself a big-time college basketball program, it might as well act like one. It did Monday. Its coach wasn’t winning — not enough anyway. So it severed ties. It’s that simple. Good for Pat Haden and good for USC.Correction: The story incorrectly stated that Kevin O’Neill coached “more than 1,000 college basketball games.” It should have stated “more than 400 college basketball games.”“The 19th Hole” runs Mondays. To comment on this article emailJoey at [email protected] or visit dailytrojan.com
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As expected, Seminary’s Nathan Pickering picks Mississippi State. pic.twitter.com/hmnkODdkag— Zac Chamblee (@zacimpactsports) February 6, 2019Four-star Byron Young (No. 77 overall, No. 8 DT) signs with Alabama.Football four-star standout Byron Young makes it official.He signs with Alabama. pic.twitter.com/x5flRIphOO— James Pugh (@jpughinreallife) February 6, 2019Four-star Mark-Antony Richards (No. 90 overall, No. 4 ATH) signs with Auburn.Welcome to the #AuburnFamily @Mark21Richards! ✍️#WarEagle | #AUNSD19 pic.twitter.com/EuHVhRG42e— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) February 6, 20194-star signings— Doug Nester (No. 106 overall, No. 6 OG) has signed with Virginia Tech.— Brendan Gant (No. 117 overall, No. 11 S) has signed with Florida State.— Enokk Vimahi (No. 124 overall, No. 7 OG) has signed with Ohio State.— Arjei Henderson (No. 140 overall, No. 23 WR) has signed with Florida.—Travis Jay (No. 142 overall, No. 17 CB) has signed with Florida State.— Diwun Black (No. 151 overall, No. 9 ILB) has signed with Florida.— Ray Parker (No. 154 overall, No. 14 OT) has signed with LSU.— Jaquaze Sorrells (No. 157 overall, No. 14 DT) has signed with USC.— Christian Williams (No. 160 overall, No. 20 CB) has signed with Miami.— Devonta Lee (No. 166 overall, No. 8 ATH) has signed with LSU.— Quashon Fuller (No. 202 overall, No. 14 SDE) has signed with Florida State.— Isaiah Foskey (No. 211 overall, No. 13 TDE) has signed with Notre Dame.— Deondrick Glass (No. 225 overall, No. 13 RB) has signed with Oklahoma State.— Keilan Robinson (No. 244 overall, No. 15 RB) has signed with Alabama.— Lance LeGendre (No. 279 overall, No. 9 DUAL) has signed with Maryland.— Eugene Asante (No. 282 overall, No. 17 OLB) has signed with UNC.— Shammond Cooper (No. 286 overall, No. 17 ILB) has signed with Illinois.— Asa Turner (No. 300 overall, No. 17 ATH) has signed with Washington.— Quinten Johnson (No. 316 overall, No. 27 S) has signed with Michigan.— Ja’Darien Boykin (No. 318 overall, No. 19 WDE) has signed with Louisville.— Javonne Shepherd (No. 338 overall, No. 28 OT) has signed with Texas.— Jordan Wilmore (No. 363 overall, No. 4 APB) has signed with Utah.— Jamious Griffin (No. 369 overall, No. 15 RB) has signed with Georgia Tech.— David Ugwoegbu (No. 382 overall, No. 25 WDE) has signed with Oklahoma.— Isheem Young (No. 383 overall, No. 30 S) has signed with Iowa State. College football’s National Signing Day has finally arrived.Most of the top-tier recruits already signed during December’s early signing period, though there are still plenty of four- and five-star talents who have yet to officially sign with their team. Thirteen top-100 recruits remain, composed of three five-star players and 10 four-star players. MORE: Biggest winners from early signing periodFollow along here as Sporting News tracks the official signing day updates of the Class of 2019 (all rankings reflect 247Sports Composite).Top 10 recruiting classesTeamNational Rank(Conference) Rank5 stars4 stars3 starsTotal scoreAlabama1 (SEC): 1st3231317.50Georgia2(SEC): 2nd5154308.98Texas3(Big 12): 1st2157287.02Texas A&M4(SEC): 3rd21410285.19LSU5(SEC): 4th31110283.49Oklahoma6(Big 12): 2nd3138279.28Oregon7(Pac-12): 1st11114277.98Michigan8(Big Ten): 1st21410277.15Florida9(SEC): 5th0178276.85Clemson10(ACC): 1st11216275.55Top-100 signingsFive-star Bru McCoy (No. 9 overall, No. 1 ATH) signs with Texas.We would like to officially welcome Bru McCoy to the Texas Football family. @buhbuhbru#ThisIsTexas #HookEm #fUTure19 pic.twitter.com/0IetexsXIa— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) February 6, 2019Five-star Darnell Wright (No. 10 overall, No. 2 OT) signs with Tennessee.Welcome to Rocky Top, @darnell_5232! 🍊#T19 // #PoweredByTheT pic.twitter.com/66bmXvrPsC— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) February 6, 2019Five-star George Pickens (No. 24 overall, No. 4 WR) signs with Georgia.SIGNED ✅ #ATDWelcome to the family, @geo_Thagoat ! #GoDawgs #NewBreed19 pic.twitter.com/zYHhebjkZx— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) February 6, 2019Five-star Jerrion Ealy (No. 29 overall, No. 3 RB) signs with Ole Miss.SIGNED | You may have seen the announcement on ESPN2, but it’s now official! RB @ealy_1k is an Ole Miss Rebel! #FutureRebels #NSD19📰 https://t.co/LbazQzkLmn pic.twitter.com/SuDAMjJwpS— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) February 6, 2019Four-star Kyle Ford (No. 38 overall, No. 6 WR) signs with USC.Welcome to the #TrojanFamily, @Ford_Kyle6! The 5-star receiver is a playmaker of the highest caliber.#FightOn | #NSD pic.twitter.com/4OgTMSqFv7— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) February 6, 2019Four-star Henry To’oto’o (No. 44 overall, No. 3 OLB) signs with Tennessee.“I chose Tennessee because it felt like home!”#VolNation is ready for you, @HenryTootoo1!#T19 // #PoweredByTheT pic.twitter.com/7PnPumED0r— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) February 7, 2019Four-star Ishmael Sopsher (No. 47 overall, No. 5 DT) signs with Alabama.Welcome DL @isopsher to the Alabama Football Family!#ROLL1N9 | #RollTide#OutworkYesterday pic.twitter.com/Wrxyk7G577— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 6, 2019Four-star Kaiir Elam (No. 48 overall, No. 6 CB) has signed with Florida.Welcome to #DBU @Easymoney_Kai! Excited to have you in the Family! #SwampSquadXIX pic.twitter.com/FuOfWNOvqd— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) February 6, 2019Four-star Charles Moore (No. 69 overall, No. 6 SDE) signs with Auburn.Welcome to the #AuburnFamily @CharlesMoore_11! ✍️#WarEagle | #AUNSD19 pic.twitter.com/XUkrcLsQiT— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) February 6, 2019Four-star Khris Bogle (No. 71 overall, No. 3 WDE) signs with Florida.Welcome to the Family @khris_a1!! Excited you’re a Gator! Let’s get to work. #SwampSquadXIX pic.twitter.com/HsxY9TheDR— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) February 6, 2019Four-star Nathan Pickering (No. 73 overall, No. 6 DT) signs with Mississippi State.