Posts Tagged "strategy"

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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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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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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After Caroline goes: 3 political tactics for the new leader

Posted by on 14 May 12 in Politics | 2 comments

After Caroline goes: 3 political tactics for the new leader

Caroline Lucas is stepping down as Green Party leader. The news is awash with it, and the skeptics are out: Can anyone replace such a prominent and popular leader? Who will take the party forward? Is Caroline acting in haste? A good leader in British politics, in my experience, is not a nice leader. They have to have experience in governance, be ruthless in achieving their agenda, and stay the hell away from internal party politics. But more important that any of that, they need to be charismatic. The next leader will to need to analyse the previous couple of elections. They will need to...

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