Posts Tagged "community"

Our future is now. Reclaim the Commons!

Posted by on 22 Jun 15 in Non-fiction, Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

Our future is now. Reclaim the Commons!

Many contemporary political trends are focussed on the negative. That is, a fight to prevent neoliberal measure. The anti-austerity movement, for example, is focussed on fighting cuts to public services and  welfare – the prevention of worse-than-now. This is an integral fight. The closure of public services is impacting millions across Europe and America, and the end to the welfare state is only going to increase inequality. But this fight is exhausting – and for many, impossible because of the destructive nature of these cuts in the first place. The problem is that we always...

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Is it all in Black & White?

Posted by on 1 Mar 13 in Politics, Social Justice | 1 comment

Is it all in Black & White?

It’s us against the world, the old rhetoric goes. Much of my experience in activist circles has been fighting old dualistic battles: rich versus poor; Keynes versus Hayek; and West versus the Other. We see our battles in black and white – left versus right – when the distinction is ambiguous and impossible to define. Everything is still a matter of structuralist dialectics. Old dry arguments that have been tried and tried again still voice themselves, despite the political climate having changed, and globalisation still rearing its ugly head. It’s almost surreal that...

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A Radical Idea: a bloggers solidarity?

Posted by on 13 Oct 11 in Politics | 10 comments

“We’ve got to radicalise the mainstream media,” piped up one of the attendees, “That’s where every other revolution failed.”I tried to hide my scoffing, but I’ve never been able to hide my feelings. Around me people nodded – one even suggested that the Guardian was the solution. On another side, people seemed to be praising Indymedia or other dull “citizen” news platforms. Overall everyone wanted to talk about the internet, but none of the organisers knew anything about it – except those from visionOntv and us, the Open Rights...

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3 Fundamental Flaws in Cameron’s Speech on Immigration

Posted by on 14 Apr 11 in Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

David Cameron has declared that all of Britain is scared about rising immigration numbers. He’s declared that most immigrants move to the UK through sham marriages. He’s argued that immigration hasn’t been about assimilation, but “ghettoisation”. He’s argued that refusing to work in an unskilled job for really poor wages and no right to unionise is riding the welfare state and is caused  by immigrants taking on those positions instead. So he’s decided to tell us that he’s stopping immigration and thus “ending the option of living a...

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Intelligence, innovation & disruption: renewing anticuts

Posted by on 8 Feb 11 in Action | 2 comments

If you’re feeling a little under the weather with councils announcing their cuts to schools, housing, jobs and services – this is not the time to sink back and accept it. The Tories have presented us with a storm – a cyclone – of cuts that will affect all of us, but staying at home and hiding under the bed doesn’t mean it’s going to go away. Right now we still have the opportunity of fighting back, of getting through, of winning a concourse against gloom. And we will. Why? Because our fight is protecting the poorest, the most vulnerable and basic human...

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