Posts Tagged "inequality"

And then what?

Posted by on 8 Aug 14 in Personal | 0 comments

And then what?

The world is on repeat. A tape being played, rewound and played all over again. It’s become worn with time, the image grainy and obscured. The same game, even the same players. Conversations which go nowhere, inane laughter at inane jokes. You and I are seted on the table, drinking the same pint over and over again, each time getting thirstier, but with nothing to quirst the drought that plagues our souls. I’m seeking water, but finding only beer. It’s an effort to carry on. To see hope for change is harder each time. My heart keeps breaking over the tiniest of things, but...

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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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If a person speaks and no-one listens, do they have a voice?

Posted by on 27 Mar 13 in Politics, Social Justice | 2 comments

If a person speaks and no-one listens, do they have a voice?

Everyone has a right to free speech but only a few are heard. As World Social Forum 2013 opens its doors in Tunis today, I mused on how little the UK’s “civil society” engages with the grassroots networks based in the Global South, despite our common ailments. While the British government forces poor families onto food stamps instead of short loans; while job centres are encouraged to ensure the poorest have the least access to the money they need; and while the political elite only seems to be getting richer; our ‘developing’ neighbours tell us that these are...

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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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Race, Racism and the culprits

Posted by on 26 Sep 12 in Social Justice | 4 comments

Race, Racism and the culprits

Preamble: Since it seems necessary, I would like to point out that I do not feel hatred against white people for the colour of their skin or any other reason. I don’t really hate white people. I hate the institution and the power they have – the privilege they have. This distinction is important.   The largest argument I seem to have with my white colleagues is often on whether it’s possible to be racist to white people. Their natural reaction (especially if they’re male and heterosexual) is that it obviously is. The argument often stems down into the gutter, without...

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