Posts Tagged "freedom"

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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Get over your fear. Dare to live!

Posted by on 11 Aug 13 in Personal, Social Justice | 3 comments

Get over your fear. Dare to live!

It’s not easy accepting the truth – or at least the-truth-as-you-see-it-now. My life has always been a bit of a roller coaster, with sudden points of realisation that wash away everything I believed in until then. Like personal paradigm shifts, where I am forced to reconstruct the world from the grassroots up, acknowledging that another assumption has crumbled into dust. In the last few months, that is exactly what has happened to me. From quitting the Green Party to being fired, I have realised that the world I had accepted was far too rigid and accepting of structural injustice....

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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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A Radical Idea: a bloggers solidarity?

Posted by on 13 Oct 11 in Politics | 13 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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Officer A3002 is Guilty of Misuse of Law

Posted by on 18 May 11 in Social Justice | 0 comments

2009. The year the police became anonymous. The year terrorism meant that pub lic accountability went down the drain. The year they brought in Section 76 of the Counter Terrorism Act, which states (emphasis mine): “A person commits an offence who… (a)elicits or attempts to elicit information about an individual who is or has been …a constable, which is of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, or (b)publishes or communicates any such information.” You don’t have to be a student of law to realise quite quickly that this...

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