Posts Tagged "Cuts"

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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the time for building

Posted by on 21 Jun 15 in Non-fiction, Politics | 0 comments

the time for building

I have a proposal. My proposal is simple. My proposal is that you, dear reader, take 5 minutes, and you dream. I want to you to dream about what kind of world/country/city/neighbourhood (place) you would love to live in, if anything was possible. I want you to dream about how that place would effect everyone around you – the people in your life that really matter. Your friends. Your family. Your work colleagues. Even the person who moved out of the way to make sure you could get your bag through the crowd. The people who created those random acts of kindness that made your life that...

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The system doesn’t work. Then why are we fighting to save it?

Posted by on 6 Jun 13 in Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

The system doesn’t work. Then why are we fighting to save it?

“In the Cold War,” the academic stated excitedly, “at least we had an alternative we could fight for! Now, when the cuts come, we have nothing.” It’s strange how we fight against state cuts imposed by the Tories as if the time before it were a ‘Golden Age’. We look up at Atlee and the post-war period as if the times were filled with positivity and not with prudish sexist, racist and homophobic values. Our flags and banners in protests call for that time – our collective nostalgia distorting  our perception of any actual known history. The fact...

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David Cameron has blood on his hands

Posted by on 15 Mar 13 in Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

David Cameron has blood on his hands

This is a repost of a piece written by Bethan Jones. Today I was found guilty in the Oxford Magistrates’ Court of causing “harassment, alarm and distress” following a peaceful and legal political protest in Witney in December. The judge said “I can think of nothing more alarming than the statement that ‘Cameron has blood on his hands.'” I will continue to say that Cameron has blood on his hands, whenever the opportunity presents itself. 30 people have died as a direct result of the government’s ‘welfare reforms’. Thousands have died after...

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We once were revolutionaries, and we can be again

Posted by on 1 Aug 11 in Politics | 2 comments

When I wrote previously about the lack of vision within the current left, my hope was to create a call to arms. I hoped to start a discussion on where we are heading, so that at least we could focus on getting somewhere instead of constantly playing the role of opposition. What seems to have happened is that we have become divided. Yes, we don’t all have the same goals and are not aiming for the same societies, but there has to be a discussion on some vague idea of where we are going. It is not enough to say that we are basically heading for an anti-capitalist society, as all of are...

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