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Austerity Urbanism - New Academic Paper

For those interested in more academic readings of austerity, we recently published a paper in Environment and Planning A on our comparative study of Spanish and UK cities. 

This paper is freely available as a full open access publication at http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0308518X17701729. ;

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Added by Jonathan Stephen Davies on August 21, 2017 at 17:21 — No Comments

ESRC Research on Urban Austerity

A report of our ESRC research on austerity governance in eight cities can be found at http://cura.our.dmu.ac.uk/2017/08/16/dissemination-report-governing-in-and-against-austerity/ or as a pdf in the forum discussion section. Comments very welcome.

Added by Jonathan Stephen Davies on August 21, 2017 at 17:17 — No Comments

The Paradox of Participation

Participatory budgeting is a topic that will interest many of our members. In Popular Democracy: The Paradox of Participation, Gianpaolo Baiocchi and Ernesto Ganuza examine contemporary forms of participatory governance by tracing the origins and development of participatory budgeting (PB) from its roots in Porto Alegre, Brazil, to its adoption in two cases, Cordoba, Spain and Chicago, USA. While acknowledging that PB has been seen as being too easily co-opted by neoliberalism, the…

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Added by Freire Institute on August 17, 2017 at 9:40 — 3 Comments

Where next?

How would you like to see NatCAN develop? Here are a few ideas.

(1) Free workshops for regional groups

The regional groups are a great idea but they have largely fallen into disuse. A better connection to what is happening offline, in the 'real world', would be of benefit. Therefore the Freire Institute will offer each regional group a free one-day workshop to focus on: (a) where we are at in our region as community activists; (b) what are the key issues?; (c)…

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Added by Freire Institute on July 31, 2017 at 9:32 — 7 Comments

Jeremy Corbyn – a mainstream [Scandinavian] social democrat - Jonas Fossli Gjersø

As a Scandinavian who has spent more than a decade living in Britain, nothing has made me feel more foreign than observing the current Labour leadership election. From his style to his policies Mr Corbyn would, in Norway, be an unremarkably mainstream, run-of-the-mill social-democrat. His policy-platform places him squarely in the Norwegian Labour Party from which the last leader is such a widely respected establishment figure that upon resignation he became the…

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Added by joe taylor on July 27, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

The Tories unleash a ‘day of rage’ every day. It’s called austerity - John Wright.

The right wing backlash against the righteous anger and, yes, rage over the mass incineration of human beings inside Grenfell Tower in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea has begun. Demonising those who dare do anything other than wave a few placards and sing hymns in solidarity with the victims and survivors is being characterise as tantamount to calling for revolution by apologists for a status quo of rampant inequality, social and economic…

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Added by joe taylor on July 23, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

Naomi Klein and Jeremy Corbyn Discuss How to Get the World We Want

 

Naomi Klein: I’m Naomi Klein, reporting for The Intercept, and I’m here in London at the Houses of Parliament with Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, three weeks after the Labour Party in an historic election won many, many more seats than anybody predicted – except for some of the people in this room, who saw it coming. And it’s just an enormous pleasure to be here with Jeremy and to talk about the importance of a forward-looking, bold agenda to do battle…

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Added by joe taylor on July 19, 2017 at 14:39 — 1 Comment

Why Capitalism is Just Shitbag Science - Holly Wood PhD

Capitalism is very simple. Capitalism as an economic system is essentially defined as the process of private expropriation of public wealth. Technically, the Earth is every creature’s inheritance but we in our late modern wisdom have conceded that only a select handful of people will get to profit from its resources while the rest are forced by either gunpoint or starvation to serve them forever or die.

But of course,…

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Added by joe taylor on July 16, 2017 at 8:08 — No Comments

The government must pause Universal Credit - Gillian Guy

By 2022, 7 million families in the UK will receive Universal Credit, which is replacing 6 existing means-tested benefits. We welcome efforts to simplify our benefits system. But Universal Credit is already failing thousands of people.

Every day at Citizens Advice we see people being pushed into desperate circumstances by problems with the new system. Despite this, a dramatic increase in the number of people affected is planned…

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Added by joe taylor on July 9, 2017 at 13:29 — No Comments

Interface: Journal of social movements

Always some stimulating reading, and very applicable to this group.

http://www.interfacejournal.net/

as they say about themselves:

The development and increased visibility of social movements in the last few years, has made it clear just how much knowledge movements generate. This knowledge is generated across the globe, and in many contexts and a variety of ways.

We are activists from different movements…

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Added by Jez Hall on July 8, 2017 at 16:10 — No Comments

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems - George Monbiot

Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no name. Mention it in conversation and you’ll be rewarded with a shrug. Even if your listeners have heard the term…

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Added by joe taylor on July 6, 2017 at 17:09 — No Comments

Six reasons to demand a fresh general election right now

Tories out

The Tories are playing for time, desperately trying to reorganise themselves after their harrowing election campaign.

That’s a good reason why we should step up the campaign for a fresh election and complete the unfinished business of June 8 by consigning Theresa May’s weak and divided government to history.

The tens of thousands on London’s streets on July 1 were of one voice…

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Added by Gerry Gold on July 3, 2017 at 15:51 — No Comments

How the Anglo World Lost Its Way (While the World Didn’t) - Umair Haque

Two decades or so, ago economists bemoaned Sub Saharan Africa. The world was making great strides against poverty, illness, autocracy. But no matter how much money or advice poured in, it seemed only to go backwards.

Today, in a stunning, ironic twist of history, that dubious honor belongs to the English speaking world. It’s the one region of the globe going backwards today. Furiously and swiftly.…

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Added by joe taylor on July 2, 2017 at 8:50 — No Comments

An Election Reflection, and a Shout Out to Irony - Stephen Moore

We need a general election and we need one now because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin…I thought about this long and hard and came to the…

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Added by joe taylor on June 29, 2017 at 14:07 — No Comments

Half Chewed Humble Pie: Labour’s Right, down but not out.- Roger C.

So the general election is starting to fade and the effect of Labour’s shock successes, that forced Labour’s parasitical ‘wreckers’ to faux grasp faux humble pie, has started to fade too. During the election I metaphorically held my nose when the likes of Wes Streeting received support for their election campaigns but I think it’s safe to reflect on the election now and safe to reflect on Labour’s continued internal problems.…

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Added by joe taylor on June 28, 2017 at 9:15 — No Comments

Why Is Syria Hell on Earth? Here’s the Ugly but True Answer - Zaron Burnett

Hafez al-Assad

If you catch news of the Syrian conflict, it seems like a narrative that’s knotted and frayed, impossible to untangle. However, it’s not, if you pull on the right thread.

When the world learned that the…

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Added by joe taylor on June 22, 2017 at 16:25 — 1 Comment

To prevent fires in Britain, Neocons must stop lighting them overseas - Neil Clark

The Grenfell Tower fire in West London, which has killed at least 58 people and left many more homeless, is a shocking indictment of the UK's neoliberal/neo-conservative Establishment and their warped priorities.

We don’t have, it seems, enough money for all tower blocks in the country to be fitted with sprinklers and for adequate fire safety measures to be in place, but we do have enough to set fire to a series of secular…

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Added by joe taylor on June 19, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

#Grenfell Tower – act against system failure

Grenfell Tower in flames The anger mixed with compassion over the Grenfell Tower fire is threatening to turn into a conflagration of its own as the estimated number of dead soars.

The wave of support by local communities is in sharp contrast to the cruelty that now dominates a system.  The few luxuriate in obscene wealth while the many struggle to survive.

It is crystal clear that the shocking casualties in west London were entirely avoidable. Repeated pleas and warnings by residents about…

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Added by Gerry Gold on June 16, 2017 at 19:08 — 2 Comments

Labour’s vision for Britain is of the people, for the people - Roger C.

Thursday’s election unequivocally proved that Labour’s current leadership have a vision for Britain that the public want to pursue, they have cut through the negative narrative that was engineered to thwart them and deny Britain an opposition and an alternative to the self-serving…

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Added by joe taylor on June 11, 2017 at 9:05 — No Comments

Brexit can wait. Democracy can’t. Demand a new election now!

Demand new election now

The popular social movement that swept Jeremy Corbyn to within touching distance of Downing Street should be sustained until the illegitimate, Tory-DUP government is removed from office and another election held.

Theresa May has no mandate to rule, having lost her overall majority by gambling on an unnecessary general election. The aim was to shore up her position inside the Tory Party. Instead, she is now a lame duck, a prime minister without authority both inside…

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Added by Gerry Gold on June 10, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

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