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Articles from No. 55, Winter

A Continuing Conversation
Stuart Hall, Chas Critcher, Tony Jefferson, John Clarke and Brian Roberts, Policing the crisis - mugging, the state, law and order (2nd edition) ISBN 9781 137007 186, [pounds sterling]29.99 (paperback) Policing the Crisis - Mugging, the State, Law...
After the Burn: TED in Long Beach: How TED Commodifies Knowledge and Closes Down Debate
The city of Long Beach is a diverse, if not divided, community in the South Bay area of Los Angles County in Southern California. It entered the twentieth century as a seaside resort, but the expansion of the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles brought...
An Economic Policy for a Post-Neoliberal World: Britain's Basic Economic Problem Is Its Lack of Competitive Productive Capacity, Not Its Deficit
It is surely now clear that the economic policies on which George Osborne has pinned his faith have failed. Despite the acclaim with which even the slightest piece of good news is greeted, Britain's output is still lagging substantially below what...
Austerity Parenting: Narratives of Austerity Are Central to an Agenda That Seeks to Link Poverty to Fecklessness
Since the financial crash, fiscal discipline has been positioned as the 'solution' to the current crisis of capitalism: the correct response to a precarious future is to shrink the state, compact and condense public spending, become lean, pursue 'efficiency'...
Beyond the Philosophy Department
M. O'Neill and T. Williamson (eds), Property-Owning Democracy: Rawls and Beyond, Wiley-Blackwell 2012 In the penultimate scene of The Village at the End of the World, Sarah Gavron's surprisingly upbeat film about life in the north of Greenland,...
Black Internationalism, Anti-Fascism and the Makings of Solidarity: Global Capital Has Never Gone Unchallenged - as History Shows
At of the SS Holmea, a steamer belonging to the United Africa Company, made a protest against the Italian threat to invade Ethiopia. Before the ship could set out for Sierra Leone they made their captain sign a resolution denouncing Mussolini's invasion...
Common-Sense Neoliberalism: The Battle over Common Sense Is a Central Part of Our Political Life
And let this be our message - common sense for the common good. David Cameron, 24.4.11 When politicians try to win consent or mobilise support for their policies, they frequently assert that these are endorsed by 'hard-working families up and...
Enfield: New Directions with Big Business: More Tales from the Frontline of Regeneration
When captains try to reverse a big oil tanker in a narrow channel, ordering the manoeuvre is not enough: sailors must be trained and willing to carry out all the intermediate steps that will make this happen. Similarly, for a local authority like the...
Gender and Politics in the Devolved Assemblies: Is a New, More Woman-Friendly, Politics Developing in the Devolved Institutions?
Women's under-representation in political institutions continues to be a problem that does not diminish significantly over time. Some gains have been made within Britain in the last decade or so, most notably in the devolved institutions of the UK....
Greening
First, a summer that lumbers on into September. Days are stretched to the gills, Indigo Bunting-blue, bleaching the parks and pavingstones to bonemeal, desiccating concrete and mortar into road-dust. We sweat, lift our shoulders, and sigh. We're...
May Day to Kilburn
Raymond Williams (ed), May Day Manifesto, Penguin 1968 A pleasantly surprising thing about the May Day Manifesto is that it's a joy to read. It suffers from none of the maladies associated with left-wing manifestos and declarations. It's clear,...
Parties, Causes and Political Power: Political Parties Are Losing Popular Legitimacy, While Campaigning Groups Are Increasingly under Fire: What Does This Mean for Political Power?
By the time the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill was published in summer 2013 it had become little more than a brutal attempt to shut down civil society influence on electoral politics. Any work in...
Social Mobility: The Politics, the Reality, the Alternative: For the Right Social Mobility Offers an Individual Solution to the Problem of Inequality
So much attention has recently been focused on social mobility that one could be forgiven for thinking that it is a key measure of a good society. The reality is somewhat different, as this article explores. Certainly the mainstream political parties...
The Piratical Is Political: Why We Should All Pay Attention to Debates about Piracy
In early 2012 there was a wave of protests in the USA against the proposed introduction of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). These ranged from petitions and rallies to service blackouts and denial of service attacks....
Three Nature Poems
Contemporary poetry is increasingly a site where the brutality of neoliberal politics is being contested. The three poems below illustrate the ways in which the culture-nature relationship is being rewritten. Nature in these poems is not separate from...
Trouble in Austeria: Can the EU Still Be Rescued Following Its Disastrous Failure to Tackle the Economic Crisis?
The wheels are falling off the EU's austerity wagon. Unfortunately, no new wagon is in a state of readiness. There are some signs that European, and in particular German, social democracy is beginning to change direction - but because the EU is such...
Values as Commodities
This issue opens with another instalment from our continuing online Manifesto, this time Stuart Hall and Alan O'Shea on the political role played by an appeal to 'common sense'. The idea that we all share common-sense values, and that specific proposals...
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