Posts Tagged "poverty"

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 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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The Economy Game

Posted by on 13 Feb 13 in Politics | 0 comments

The Economy Game

In his study of Governmentality, in amongst many other points of analysis, Foucault points to the de-estabilishment of the economy from the family framework as the turning point to our current political condition. Sparked by the growth of Market theory, the rise of the social contract and the transformation for Authority to consider the population as actors over their own need to retain sovereignty, the age of the ‘political economy’ was born. It was the new paradigm shift that the West needed to retain (neo)imperial authority – the ideology through which all means scould...

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Neocolonialism: the blind spot of the West

Posted by on 6 Sep 11 in Politics | 9 comments

It’s been a few months since I read Samir Amin’s Ending the Crisis of Capitalism or Ending Capitalism? but one of the key chapters remains a thought through everything I think about these days “accumulation by dispossession.” Although David Harvey is the man who is credited with its conception, Samir Amin takes the concept further – looking at how colonisation was yet another means of dispossession and that globalised capitalism is its continued mask. To Western governments, wealth precedes human rights; what matters is to bribe a few corrupt leaders to keep...

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London Riots: the fuel is not the ignition

Posted by on 10 Aug 11 in Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

Growing up in Nairobi, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen violence, or a riot. Burning cars, smashed windows, looting – I’ve seen it all before. But no riot comes out of nowhere. Violence isn’t an innate aspect that affects us randomly – it is sparked. And that spark starts a fire. But no fire runs without fuel, and unlike some politicians have tried to use, the fuel is not that which spreads it. Across the UK, there has been violence, looting, burning cars, etc. They have involved hundreds of youths of all colour, predominantly men. The looting is no...

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