Soundings

Articles from No. 59, Spring

All That Is Solid Melts into Air: Climate Change and Neoliberalism
The market is incapable of protecting us from climate changeWe live in a time of environmental change unprecedented since civilisation began. Industrial society has become a geological force in its own right, ushering in a new epoch: the Anthropocene....
Before the Prison Notebooks
Before the Prison Notebooks Pat Devine Derek Boothman (editor and translator), Antonio Gramsci. A Great and Terrible World: The Pre-Prison Letters. 1908-1926, Lawrence & Wishart 2014Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) is celebrated primarily for his notebooks...
Changing Scotland's Narrative
The day after the Scottish referendum vote I woke up early, suffering from one of the worst hangovers of my life. I had all the symptoms; sick to my stomach; thumping headache; dark depression; a sense of hopelessness; guilt and the overwhelming feeling...
Colonialism by Other Means
Colonialism by other means Daniel Trilling Peo Hansen and Stefan Jonsson, Eurafrica: The Untold History of European Integration and Colonialism, Bloomsbury Academic £50One of the most arresting photographs of 2014 was taken in Melilla, on North Africa's...
Democracy in the Workplace
Frances O'Grady talks to Mark Langhammer and Chris WinchThe TUC has recently been arguing for new initiatives on industrial democracy. What is the significance of this?Very often when people have a conversation about workers' voice, they end up going...
Editorial
If the election on 7 May allows David Cameron to continue as prime minister it will be a disaster for the UK, but especially for the poorest and most vulnerable in society. Moreover it will sink any medium-term prospect of transition to a just and sustainable...
Elections and Political Change
Reflections on the Soundings manifesto and the electionsFor almost the first time since the financial crisis of 2007-8, there seem now to be signs of an awakening of popular opposition from the leftto the power of the market and the doctrines of austerity....
Energy beyond Neoliberalism
PlatformA new energy settlement will be an important part of the transition from neoliberalismThe NHS was designed in 1948 by scaling up the Tredegar Medical Aid Society - a mutual health provision organisation in South Wales set up by miners and their...
Memories of the Future: An Essay on Hope and Fear
Dramatic change has happened before and can happen againThese days I've been getting into a few arguments. Several times in recent weeks friends have said in exasperated tones: 'the cost of housing is criminal', or 'it's these oligarchs who are running...
Occupy and the 99%
How do its participants understand Occupy politics?Do participants in the Occupy movement see themselves as part of a unified collective, or as, the leadership of an oppressed socio-political group or class? Or is it a movement that unites diverse political...
Quo Vadis Green Party?
Politically, 2014 was an exciting, exhausting, and emotional year for everyone involved in politics in Scotland. For the Scottish Green Party, despite the disappointing outcome of the vote, the Indyref campaign has been a success. With membership figures...
Race, Migration and Neoliberalism
How neoliberalism benefits from discourses of exclusionAs Stuart Hall and Alan O'Shea argued in their chapter of the Soundings manifesto, common sense is a form of everyday thinking that offers us frameworks of meaning with which to make sense of the...
Radical Scotland Is Here to Stay
Established in Glasgow in spring 2012, Radical Independence (RIC) quickly became the biggest forum for debating issues around the independence referendum. The campaign was headed by mostly young activists whose radicalisation in anti-war and anti-cuts...
Resources for an English Socialism
What would an English regional socialism look like?These are very exciting times. Syriza's stunning victory in Greece, the rise of Podemos in Spain and the continuing momentum for radical change in Scotland suggest that we are seeing a fresh wave of...
Scotland's Democratic Moment
Scotland's independence referendum was a watershed both for Scotland and the UK. In Scotland, democratic and political engagement has been dramatically altered. The idea of independence has become normalised and mainstream - and distinct from the SNP's...
Three Poems
BeggarsThe 'economy' ... how we love to hear that the economy is doing well, the economy is picking up, there's a strong economy. When we hear that, we know that things are looking good. Things are getting better. The economy. How we love the economy...
Unfettered Capitalism
John Urry, Offshoring, Polity Press 2014Analysis of the nature of late capitalism comes in many shapes and sizes, and not only from the contemporary critique of neoliberalism being advanced in Soundings. Another indispensable source of critique lies...
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