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 Change
We 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. Most alarming of all is the threat of human activity leading...
Democracy in the Workplace: Frances O'Grady Talks to Mark Langhammer and Chris Winch
The 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 back to the Bullock Report or In Place of Strife,...
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...
Elections and Political Change: Reflections on the Soundings Manifesto and the Elections
For 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 left to the power of the market and the doctrines of austerity. This can be seen in the electoral success of Syriza...
Energy beyond Neoliberalism: Platform: A New Energy Settlement Will Be an Important Part of the Transition from Neoliberalism
The 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 families that had run for over fifty years. By scaling up this local community-controlled...
Memories of the Future: An Essay on Hope and Fear: Dramatic Change Has Happened before and Can Happen Again
These 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 everything', or 'have you seen the numbers of people...
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 identities in the pursuit of broad common...
Race, Migration and Neoliberalism: How Neoliberalism Benefits from Discourses of Exclusion
As 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 world: It is a form of popular, easily-available...
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 radical politics across Europe, and one that is very...
Scotland's Road to the Future
In this roundtable on the referendum and beyond, writers from a range of different positions look at some of the key dynamics of the campaign, and offer their take on its implications for the future of politics of Scotland--including its connections...
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