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CityStrolls-REPLAY: Militarising the police

bob : June 28, 2020 2:27 pm : Blog, Capitalism, Neoliberalism, Power

CityStrolls-REPLAY: How many ambulances and paramedics are available during a pandemic, masks, ventilators, beds, psychiatrists, workers? Compared with. How many policemen can turn up instantly. How many cops does it take to kettle some peaceful protesters, while allowing other drunk nutters to run riot. The “emergency services” have become the “police services”. If the efficiency of military tactics shown in West George Street where applied to human rights, the health services, mental health, social housing there would be no reasons to see militarised swat teams on our streets. If we don’t become part of the solution – Get used to it. As the UK is using the same US approach to militarising the police and have been, at least over the last ten or fifteen years.

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CityStrolls-REPLAY: Glasgows finest

bob : June 28, 2020 2:22 pm : Blog, Neoliberalism, Power

CityStrolls-REPLAY: Glasgows finest turn out to protect the merchants of death, mounted cops the lot. Our council present an “arms fair” in a building that is part of the cities Common Good Fund. While those who suffer (the fall out of the weapons and bombs they deal in) who make it to this country – suffer even more through the ignorance and indifference of our administrators who would think this was ok and what happens and they are not be responsible for any of it.

 

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PREGNANT PAUSE

bob : May 18, 2020 10:07 am : Blog, Ecology, Education, Mega events, Movement building, Neoliberalism, Thinking

— Remarks on the Corona Crisis —

 

We were already living in a general global crisis, but most people were only vaguely aware of it since it was manifested in a confusing array of particular crises — social, political, economic, environmental. Climate change is the most momentous of these crises, but it is so complicated and so gradual that it has been easy for most people to ignore it.

The corona crisis has been sudden, undeniable, and inescapable. It is also taking place in an unprecedented context.

If this crisis had taken place fifty or sixty years ago, we would have been totally at the mercy of the mass media, reading about it in newspapers or magazines or sitting in front of a radio or television passively absorbing whatever instructions and reassurances were broadcast by politicians or newscasters, with scarcely any opportunity to respond except perhaps to write a letter to the editor and hope that it got printed. Back then, governments could get away with things like the Gulf of Tonkin incident because it was months or years before the truth eventually got out. more »

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Chomsky explains the “lesser evil voting” issue

bob : May 1, 2020 4:34 pm : Blog, Capitalism, Neoliberalism, Organising, Thinking

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Kelman on the Radio

bob : April 22, 2020 8:27 pm : Arts, Blog, Books, Struggle, Thinking

Scottish author James Kelman talks about his early life and loves, and the controversy around his 1994 Booker Prize win.

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Learning From History

bob : April 16, 2020 6:51 pm : Blog, History, Learning, Radical Imagination

We can’t just take it for granted that young people know about the history of contemporary activism. Maybe during the shut down be good to time to inform them.

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Procurement and the science of exploitation

bob : April 10, 2020 10:38 am : Blog, Common Sense, Development, Economics, Movement building, Propaganda, Radical Imagination

A strategy of ethical procurement could help us out of these dilemmas and many more.

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The Social Energy Collective

bob : February 5, 2020 7:46 pm : Architecture, Arts, Blog, Capitalism, Commons, Culture, Education, Environment

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The dirty war on the NHS trailer

bob : January 24, 2020 4:21 pm : Blog, Capitalism, Health, Neoliberalism

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Alasdair Gray reading at the Writers for Miners by Artists-in-Solidarity

bob : January 7, 2020 9:24 pm : Blog, Culture


Some guy Alasdair will be missed


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