Posts Tagged "power"

The plasticated mass-reproduction of the “unique” outsider

Posted by on 20 Jun 13 in Personal | 3 comments

The plasticated mass-reproduction of the “unique” outsider

I am not angry. I should be, but I’m not. I should be angry about the injustice being faced by people of my skin colour across Britain. I should be angry about the way that development discourses are pushing aside the right of poorer peoples to their own self-determinations. I should be angry about the way that the collapse of neo-liberalism has only created an even more hypermodern society – the rise of a plastic, commodified people whose thinking is as constructed as a mass-reproduced tin of backed beans. I should be flaying about in anger, screaming to the point of bursting....

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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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What world are we fighting for?

Posted by on 20 May 13 in Personal, Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

What world are we fighting for?

Leaving the Green Party was a step on a longer journey, I believe. I have spent more energy getting angry at a Party than getting angry at Power, which has resulted only in waste. My vision of a society worth fighting for is broader than the Green Party’s, I believe. Climate Change and the rights of the poor are central to that, but the power structures that be are not limited to the national – they are international. They have decimated cultures (despite hybridity) in the name of modernisation, progress and development. The world I want to fight for is one that listens to the...

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Stepping down as London Young Greens co-chair

Posted by on 10 Apr 13 in Personal | 0 comments

Stepping down as London Young Greens co-chair

I made a decision to resign from my position as London Young Greens co-chair today. Perhaps it was reactionary, but it was a long time coming. I see myself to blame on many parts – my mental health meant that I missed many meetings at the beginning of this year, but things had gotten better. But after just about 9 months of running in this position, I wonder how much of my absence was due to mental health and how much was to do with the fact that I could not see a feasible future within that group. Over and over again I hear of excellent actions and stunts pulled by other Young...

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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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