Posts Tagged "ideas"

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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LSE – introductory thoughts

Posted by on 6 Oct 12 in Personal | 0 comments

LSE – introductory thoughts

It’s a harrowing experience if you’re a newbie entering the vast world of LSE postgraduate studies. Information about orientation is only sent to you via email less than a month before you arrive. The Student Union doesn’t inform you of Freshers’ Events unless you manage to register for your course earlier on in the first week. And, if you’re coming from abroad, even accommodation assistance is a vague – or so I hear. Much of the information my department, Government, provided was through a Facebook group. Although the use of social media is certainly a...

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Marx: out of date with Globalisation?

Posted by on 3 Mar 12 in Politics | 1 comment

This is the first part of a series on the end of the left & right. Feel free to submit your own by emailing me. Unlike many of my political colleagues, I can’t read the writings of Marx without quivering with irritable disagreement. Not always specifically because Marx is necessarily wrong about the narrative of capital and its direct relationship with the political elite, but because his arguments live in a world that is somewhat utterly disconnected to our own. Why this makes me fume, however, is more that people still seem to think that times have not changed. And many of my...

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Book Review: Counterpower, by Tim Gee

Posted by on 9 Oct 11 in Books, Culture, Social Justice | 0 comments

We are a generation facing failed economic policies, high expenses without the means to pay for them, a lack of employment opportunities that mirrors the Great Depression, and a government that will do anything in its power to silence our complaints. None stand to support us; we are struggling together, but alone. Over the last year, we have been collecting, building movements of resistance, mounting huge campaigns that have brought thousands into forms of direct action. But keeping the momentum going is tiring, and we often need something to inspire us to keep going; stories, anecdotes,...

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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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