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Brandon Jourdan: November 30th – UK on Strike

Brandon Jourdan: November 30th – UK on Strike

By Brandon Jourdan November 30th: UK on Strike from brandon jourdan on Vimeo. On November 30th, 2011 millions of public sector workers across the UK went on strike against massive cuts in the pension system. The following is a short documentary about the strikes. … Read entire article »

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Niki Seth-Smith: The Museum of Neoliberalism: Full or Empty?

Niki Seth-Smith: The Museum of Neoliberalism: Full or Empty?

By Niki Seth-Smith Last weekend I attended the opening of the Museum of Neoliberalism, part the new Bloomsbury Social Centre established in an occupied building on Gordon Square, London. Doors away from the house where the economist John Maynard Keynes lived his last 30 years, the building is a former museum, jointly owned by the University of London and The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). The occupiers entered last Thursday, saying in their statement that the building … Read entire article »

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Dan Hind: Britain’s Irrational Faith in Capitalism

Dan Hind: Britain’s Irrational Faith in Capitalism

By Dan Hind The almost religious veneration of the current economic system does not allow any thoughts for a “Plan B”. For a long time British politicians have treated the world of business with something like religious veneration. The last Labour government was always trying to make the public sector more entrepreneurial and consumer-focused. They loved it when management consultants and financiers told them that they had to modernise the state through the ever-greater use of market … Read entire article »

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Susanna Davies-Crook: Auto Italia – Time & Motion

Susanna Davies-Crook: Auto Italia – Time & Motion

By Susanna Davies-Crook The South London-based artist collective launch their four-day event exploring the themes of self-organisation with workshops and a temporary bookshop. Bastions of critically engaged artist-led production in South-East London, Auto Italia, today launch a four-day event exploring self-organisation. With a programme including a temporary bookshop by writer-led project Book Bloc, events by anti-authoritarian assembly The Deterritorial Support Group and a panel discussion with Nina Power and legendary proponent of radical values Franco Berradi Bifo, the line-up … Read entire article »

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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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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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Boff Whalley: “In Defence Of Anarchy”

Boff Whalley: “In Defence Of Anarchy”

By Boff Whalley It’s the catch-all term that’s being used to describe this week’s riots. But is this really anarchy? Not even close, says Chumbawumba’s Boff Whalley, a self-professed anarchist. ANARCHY SPREADS!” So ran the front-page headlines of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail this week. Add in the Daily Star’s “ANARCHY IN THE UK” and The Sun’s “ANARCHY” and you have the print media’s current (and ongoing) favourite catch-all word: anarchy. Just the ticket for a … 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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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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James Butler: Kettled Youth By Dan Hancox

James Butler: Kettled Youth By Dan Hancox

By James Butler   The very best kinds of journalism, which are rare and difficult to accomplish, are not those which seek to present a spurious, pseudo-objective ‘balance’, but which dwell in the heart of their subject matter, overturn orthodoxies, present an event from its inside. By that definition, Dan Hancox’s new pamphlet, Kettled Youth, is very good journalism indeed. In the pursuit of such ends it can be easy to traduce or simplify one’s subjects, or cede … Read entire article »

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