Part Two of Politicising Transition

Part Two: Politicising Transition In the first part of this blog, I praised the creativity and energy of the wider environmental movement in the UK, but identified the unwillingness of many groups to identify capitalism as the social system that generates environmental destruction as a profound flaw. I argued that their depoliticised worldview was a…

Politicising Transition: uniting environmental and social justice through popular education

In this two-part blog, I critique the depoliticised, liberal nature of a disproportionately middle-class-led environmentalism epitomised by the Transition Network. I argue that these movements’ unwillingness to name capitalism as the social system to be overcome is both unsurprising and fundamentally problematic. I argue that this is why Naomi Klein’s latest book is so important…

Gaza Q & A – me and ‘them’

Me: Really struggling with the pain of seeing dead, injured, distressed children in particular. It’s intolerable… Them: ‘But doesn’t Israel have a right to self-defence?’ Yes, it does. And it defends its citizens well from rocket fire. But it recognises itself that it cannot effectively get rid of all sources of rocket attack without mass…

How will capitalism end? – summary of Wolfgang Streeck’s recent NLR article

A summary of ‘How will capitalism end?’ By Wolfgang Streek, New Left Review, May/June 2014 This is a summary of a recent article by Wolfgang Streeck in the latest edition of the New Left Review. Here, Streeck sets out what I consider to be a very persuasive and coherent argument about capitalism’s future. The New…

Arms, Legs…Limits!

Check out this brief video. It’s at the top of the homepage for the upcoming ‘National Achievers Congress’ in Singapore (where I currently live)… Now take a look further down the NAC homepage below the video. Here, the NAC introduces its philosophy. There are big problems in society today, we are told. Some of us…

GET EDUCATED!

I felt compelled to write about this. No thanks to the BBC whose website seems silent on this one (correct me if I’m wrong), but I’ve learned that, since November, the UK government’s (In)Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has stopped prisoners from receiving any parcels that are not urgently needed. Consequently, prisoners are no longer allowed…