Welcome to the New Economy Journal’s fourth edition of 2020.
This issue is comprised of a robust collection of theoretical and policy-based articles, grappling with a diverse range of subjects including youth unemployment, the future of tertiary education, political tribalism and the steady state economy.
We believe this collection provides an invaluable contribution to new economy discourse. With pieces oriented towards both immediate imperatives (such as Shirley Jackson’s brilliantly articulated proposal for a “youth guarantee”) and a utopian future (see Noon’s thought-provoking essay on “library socialism”), readers are encouraged to see the struggle for immediate change as part of a wider struggle towards a brighter tomorrow. This fits well with NENA’s mission to transform Australia’s economy so that achieving ecological health and social justice are its foundational principles and primary objectives.
As the Journal is a forum for debate, we hope you’ll disagree with some of the articles in this issue. We believe that through respectful disagreement and engagement, we can sharpen our learning about how to build a new, just and sustainable economy.