Posts Tagged "values"

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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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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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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Belonging, Meaning and Society

Posted by on 31 Oct 12 in Culture, Personal | 0 comments

Belonging, Meaning and Society

As a “cultural” Jain, seeing the green social movement move away from vegetarianism is rather upsetting. I am vegetarian not for for fluffy reasons of “save the animals” or of environmental sustainability, but for the simple fact that I was brought up to see animals as akin to humans. Therefore destroying life unnecessarily is clearly unjust. So while making friends with other activists who were vegetarian meant I did not feel Othered for my food ‘choices’. I felt like I was part of something, and suddenly, not quite alone. This was a far cry from my...

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We once were revolutionaries

Posted by on 31 Jul 11 in Politics | 0 comments

We once were revolutionaries. We believed in a better world, a just world, a world where every person was never alone. We inked pages with dreams for that world. We strove for it, determined that never mind the adversity – we would win. Because we were in the Right. It doesn’t matter where you look – to the Peasants Revolt, to the Independence of Algeria, to the Women’s Rights movements, to the anti-Apartheid struggles. It doesn’t matter if we won or if we lost. We worked together – not only against a common foe – but for a world that would be...

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