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John Berger: The Time We Live

John Berger: The Time We Live

By John Berger On the evening of August 8th, which was the third day of street fighting in the London suburb of Croydon, the protesting kids set fire to some buildings including a furniture shop called Reeves which had been there for several generations. From the pictures on the TV screen I thought I recognised it. In the late 1930’s my mother used to go once a week to Croydon to shop and I often accompanied … Read entire article »

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Naomi Klein: Looting With The Lights On

Naomi Klein: Looting With The Lights On

By Naomi Klein We keep hearing England’s riots weren’t political – but looters know that their elites have been committing daylight robbery. I keep hearing comparisons between the London riots and riots in other European cities – window-smashing in Athens or car bonfires in Paris. And there are parallels, to be sure: a spark set by police violence, a generation that feels forgotten. But those events were marked by mass destruction; the looting was minor. There have, however, … Read entire article »

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Benjamin Zephaniah: “The People On The Street Are Angry People”

Benjamin Zephaniah: “The People On The Street Are Angry People”

By Benjamin Zephaniah, Thomas Hajdukowicz & Joseph Sotinel Translated by John Catalinotto Benjamin Zephaniah is one of the most important voices of the British African-Caribbean community. Rastafarian Dub poet and writer, he has consistently spoken out against the abandonment of disadvantaged neighborhoods in England and against the establishment leading the country. In the interview he gave to us, he said that the riots that hit England in August 2011 and which have already caused several deaths, had … Read entire article »

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Dan Hancox: Rap Responds To The Riots – “They Have To Take Us Seriously”

Dan Hancox: Rap Responds To The Riots – “They Have To Take Us Seriously”

By Dan Hancox In the wake of the riots, British urban music has been accused of promoting a culture of entitlement. Here, Professor Green, Lethal Bizzle and Wiley describe a world that politicians have chosen to ignore – and explain how grime is helping to give it a voice. “These are sad days man, sad days; it’s just … surreal.” Six months ago Lethal Bizzle and I had talked about how grime had exploded into the political sphere, soundtracking the … Read entire article »

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Judith Revel & Toni Negri – The Common In Revolt

Judith Revel & Toni Negri – The Common In Revolt

Judith Revel & Toni Negri: It did not take much imagination, once the analysis of the current economic crisis had been brought back to its causes and social effects, to foretell urban revolts akin to jacqueries. Commonwealth had predicted that already in 2009. What we did not expect, on the contrary, is that in Italy, in the movement, this prediction could be rejected. It seemed in fact, we were told, ancient; they told us, instead: now is the time to rebuild broad fronts against the … Read entire article »

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Russell Brand: Big Brother Isn’t Watching You

Russell Brand: Big Brother Isn’t Watching You

By Russell Brand I no longer live in London. I’ve been transplanted to Los Angeles by a combination of love and money; such good fortune and opportunity, in both cases, you might think disqualify me from commenting on matters in my homeland. Even the results of Britain’s Got Ice-Factor may lay prettily glistening beyond my remit now that I am self banished. To be honest when I lived in England I didn’t really care too much for … Read entire article »

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David Harvey: Feral Capitalism Hits The Streets

David Harvey: Feral Capitalism Hits The Streets

By David Harvey   “Nihilistic and feral teenagers” the Daily Mail called them: the crazy youths from all walks of life who raced around the streets mindlessly and desperately hurling bricks, stones and bottles at the cops while looting here and setting bonfires there, leading the authorities on a merry chase of catch-as-catch-can as they tweeted their way from one strategic target to another. The word “feral” pulled me up short. It reminded me of how the communards … Read entire article »

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Laurie Penny: Demonizing The Young Won’t Heal Our Cities

Laurie Penny: Demonizing The Young Won’t Heal Our Cities

By Laurie Penny It’s vital that we resist the easy story of “us” and “them”. The resilience of Londoners approaches cultural cliché. Just up from Camden Lock, on the morning after the worst night of civil unrest in living memory, people were going back and forth with brooms and bin bags, looking for something left to clean. The glass, debris and burning bins from the previous night’s riots had already been swept away by the first eager … Read entire article »

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William Wall: Tottenham & Beyond – Neoliberal Riots And The Possibility Of Politics

William Wall: Tottenham & Beyond – Neoliberal Riots And The Possibility Of Politics

By William Wall One of the many things that we hear repeated ad nauseam in the context of the present rioting in London is that the rioters are ‘feral’, ‘yobs’, ‘thugs’ or more generously ‘disaffected youth’. All the talk from Cameron and his cohorts is of crime and punishment and ‘the full force of the law’ – as if these young people did not encounter the full force of the law on a daily basis. We are … Read entire article »

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McKenzie Wark: Extract On ‘Riots’ From The Beach Beneath the Street

McKenzie Wark: Extract On ‘Riots’ From The Beach Beneath the Street

By McKenzie Wark [Book excerpt from Beach Beneath the Street] There is a sixties to suit every taste. It’s a truly versatile era. There is a psychedelic sixties, a provo sixties, a cybernetic sixties, an anti-colonial sixites. There was the Prague spring. There was the Watts rebellion. August 1965: the black population rises up. Debord: “But who has defended the rioters of Watts in the terms they deserve?” Before Watts, there was Newark, July that same year. Ronald … Read entire article »

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Alec Empire: London Riots August 2011

Alec Empire: London Riots August 2011

By Alec Empire About 15 hours ago or so I was listening to Obama’s voice over the internet…online radio…   I was doing something else, nothing important really… I had returned from Japan a few days before, but somehow this time jetlag had hit me pretty hard despite having played such energetic shows over there… Sometimes in the past I felt nothing, but this time it was like that scene in Fight Club in which Edward Norton lays on the … Read entire article »

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Jody McIntyre: From Brixton To Tottenham, The Inequality At The Heart Of The Riots

Jody McIntyre: From Brixton To Tottenham, The Inequality At The Heart Of The Riots

By Jody McIntyre On Thursday evening, Mark Duggan was shot dead in by police officers in Tottenham. The IPCC immediately announced they would investigate; unusual for an organisation known for its inefficiency and regular failures to get to the truth. The media were told that a non-police issue firearm had been recovered from the scene, and that one of the police officers had been injured. Later reports revealed a bullet found lodged in a police radio. The … Read entire article »

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Elly Badcock: Tottenham Nothing Left To Lose

Elly Badcock: Tottenham Nothing Left To Lose

By Elly Badcock In the most unequal borough of the UK, young people do not riot just for the fun of it. Poverty and a lack of opportunities are the deeper causes behind the public anger that erupted in Tottenham over the weekend, argues Elly Badcock. Tottenham MP David Lammy on Sunday said that the community has “had the heart ripped out of it” by “mindless people”. In one sense this is absolutely true: mindless politicians imposing draconian … Read entire article »

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Nina Power: There Is A Context To London’s Riots That Can’t Be Ignored

Nina Power: There Is A Context To London’s Riots That Can’t Be Ignored

By Nina Power Those condemning the events in north London and elsewhere would do well to take a step back and consider the bigger picture. Since the coalition came to power just over a year ago, the country has seen multiple student protests, occupations of dozens of universities, several strikes, a half-a-million-strong trade union march and now unrest on the streets of the capital (preceded by clashes with Bristol police in Stokes Croft earlier in the year). Each of … Read entire article »

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Dan Poulton: Riots In the Age Of Austerity

Dan Poulton: Riots In the Age Of Austerity

By Dan Poulton Excessive policing in Europe and the United States shows that governments are resorting to ever more coercive measures in order to save their neoliberal project, writes Dan Poulton.   Britain is becoming an increasingly unequal place. The pay gap is fast approaching Victorian levels and social mobility has been declining since the 1950s. Neoliberalism has only deepened a growing social crisis over the last 30 years. Its legacy was a global financial system which exploded so catastrophically in 2007-8. And … Read entire article »

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