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Understanding The Riots – Where Next?

15-08-2011 13:25

Understanding The Riots – Where Next?

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UG#563 - Extended Childhood and The New World Religion (Deschooling Society 2-3)

14-08-2011 06:08

This week we pick up with both recordings from last week, focussing on the establishment of what in our second hour, Ivan Illich calls the 'New World Religion', the cult of mass compulsion schooling. As Gatto explains, in the 20th Century, mass compulsion schooling served to create the most essential resource of all for US big business - a stockpile of radically incomplete, childish adults who could be counted on to mass produced and mass consume goods and services according to a schedule imposed by managers. Illich broadens the discussion beyond merely business and adds historical perspective.

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An open letter to those who condemn looting (Part two)

13-08-2011 19:52

First, this recurrent accusation of "materialistic" signals a broader refusal not of consumerism - with which you are well familiar and for which you cheerlead full-throated - but of the material fact of social disruption. To speak, with disdain, at the materialistic nature of these days is to speak, beneath your tongue, of a desire that people should go back to "protesting" in ways that remain representational: be counted, be seen, be ignored, go back to the places they live, remain there. It marks your horror at what it looks like for "protest" to become material, and, at that point, no longer protest.

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An open letter to those who condemn looting (Part one)

13-08-2011 19:48

Dear you all,

I fear we have nothing to say to each other.

What follows may therefore represent one half of a dialogue in the way that yelling at a jukebox made of ice does. Perhaps the sheer exertion of speaking - a certain quantity of hot air - will soften the surface a bit, but it's a pretty one-sided discussion. And it doesn't mean you can or will stop repeating the records you have been given to play, those looping phrases and evasions.

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Stopping looting by the banksters plus eyewitnesses to Bristol Easter riots

13-08-2011 14:19

Strategy Of Tension on the Streets?

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Greater Depression approaching.

13-08-2011 08:52

"Thousands of people stormed the streets and brought the nations to a standstill in a general revolt against the affluent ruling class."

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Ex-White House counter-terror chief charges CIA shielded 9/11 hijackers

13-08-2011 07:36

The former chief White House counterterrorism adviser in both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations charges in a recently released interview that the CIA deliberately concealed the presence in the United States of two Saudi members of Al Qaeda who subsequently participated in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

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Anarchist Critique of the Insurrection

13-08-2011 01:30

An anarchist reaction, critique and analysis for the post-insurrection era. Relates to impact on policing in Britain and the subsequent complications for the anarchist and radical community.

Found on today.

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Britain’s riots: Thuggery, looting, lawlessness… by the ruling class

12-08-2011 23:19

Daily Star, 10 August 2011
Speaking in the House of Parliament Thursday, Prime Minister Cameron's “explanation” for the outbreak of street disturbances across England demonstrates a total ignorance and poverty of understanding on his part of the nature of the breakdown in his society. He blames it on “criminality pure and simple” and “pockets of sickness” and “lack of individual morality and responsibility”.

This view is largely echoed in the British political establishment of all parties and the media.

The looting, thievery and lawlessness that Cameron so condemns is but the reflection at the street level of British society of what is taking place on a much greater scale at the upper echelons of government and the economy.

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In defence of anarchy

12-08-2011 08:04

Following is an article from Chumbawumba's Boff Whalley, it's a corporate repost but one of the few that are worth having here...

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Riots: viewed from Oxford

11-08-2011 19:55

At the time of writing, there have been no riots in Oxford*. However, what's been going on over the last few days is clearly not just isolated local events. Here's a round up of what some Oxford-based bloggers have made of things …

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Riot Special: The Circled A Radio show with ALARM

11-08-2011 08:17

ALARM (All London Anarchist Revolutionary Movement) and Friends give opinions, eye witness accounts and personal analysis on the continuing rioting that has gripped the city and spread across the country. One Hour Special.

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Social Media and the UK Riots: “Twitter Mobs”, “Facebook Mobs”, “Blackberry Mobs” and the Structural Violence of Neoliberalism

10-08-2011 19:00

“One formula [...] can be that of the mob: gullible, fickle, herdlike, low in taste and habit. [...] If [...] our purpsoe is manipulation – the persuasion of a large number of people to act, feel, think, known in certain ways – the convenient formula will be that of the masses”. — Raymond Williams

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Leeds: New blog set up for news and analysis

10-08-2011 15:38

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New Radical Book By One 'Le Gavroche'

10-08-2011 08:41

Known to be the most dangerous orphan in times of revolution, Le Gavroche has taken a break from sleeping inside elephants to write a book analyzing the dialectical process creating what he calls 'Super-Tyranny'.

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Britain’s riots: A society in denial of the burning issues

09-08-2011 13:41

The Times, The Independent, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph, 9 August 2011
Britain saw its third consecutive night of widespread burning of properties and looting as riot police failed to contain gangs of masked youths marauding several parts of the capital, London. There were reports too of violence fanning out to other cities across Britain.

Britain’s social decay has been seething over several decades, overseen by Conservative and Labour governments alike. The burning issues that need to be addressed to explain the outburst of arson, looting and rioting are endemic racism endured by Britain’s black community and, more generally, the deepening poverty that is increasingly racking British society.

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Articles on capitalism's present crisis and the prospects for revolution

09-08-2011 12:39

As capitalism stumbles ever deeper into crisis here are articles that offer some explanations for what is going on and how capitalism might be overthrown:

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Tonypandy Riot 1911

09-08-2011 09:29

Theresa May making a fool of herself on the BBC prompted a phone call to BBC saying 1911 Tonypandy were followed in 1912 by the Minimum Wages Act.

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Government privatised to prop up banks? Ex US Army college boss: Who did 9/11?

07-08-2011 20:56

Markets meltdown, Weekly news review with Frome Vale Cllr Lesley Alexander (Con).

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