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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James Kelman reading from new book ‘The Freedom to Think Kurdistan’

bob : January 2, 2020 8:15 pm : Blog, Books

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Workers City group (1988 – 1993) Spirit of Revolt Show And Tell QA

bob : November 27, 2019 12:16 am : Blog, Capitalism, Economics, Gentrification, Housing

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Finding a way forward

bob : November 20, 2019 7:35 pm : Blog, Gentrification, History, Housing, Movement building

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CEO Cops – Privatise, profitise, criminalise, gentrify.

bob : September 23, 2019 5:56 pm : Blog, Capitalism, Gentrification, Neoliberalism

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From Glasgow to LA. In the struggle for decent housing.

bob : April 30, 2019 10:00 pm : Blog, Capitalism, Housing

Capitalist money making factories like Govanhill generating wealth at the cost of the health of tenants who have a single focus of paying rent to keep a roof over their head at the cost of disengagement from public life and sustainability of their own lives.

These are the abstractions people are living within. There can be no creativity, innovation, sense of agency nor vision of a happy future when being forced to live under the yoke of indentured neoliberal policy. These processes under the neoliberal project become international.

The combined legacy of Reagan and Thatcher has a counter weight in the struggle of those who have been fighting the effects of their  “special relationship” for a long time. The same ‘special relationship” we see in Trump and May. Maybe time to renew our own special relationships with our brothers and sisters abroad in the Struggle for A Just Economy and in creating a wider solidarity.

Andrea Gibbons is a writer, academic and activist, Who has spent many years of activism in Los Angeles, London, Manchester and for a time in Glasgow, around housing campaigns and racism.

As well as her written work she is a full time activist, and has much to say about strategy and organising to win things. What has Glasgow to learn from L.A? Come along and find out. We will have the pleasure of her company and experience in a talk/workshop

‘I lived in Glasgow for a year. I was thinking a focus on the civil rights campaigns and housing struggle would be most useful, drawing out lessons for the UK.”

Kinning Park on Friday May the 3rd at 7:00 – 9:00 Free

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Welfare not warfare

bob : September 9, 2018 1:28 pm : Blog, Culture, Dichotomies, Neoliberalism

Britain will be celebrating 100 years of the RAF in venues all over Britain. One being Glasgow Science Centre.

RAF 10 Website
“On 1 April 2018, the Royal Air Force celebrated its 100th birthday. To mark this occasion, we reflected on our history and our achievements. We also celebrated the work the RAF is currently doing and look forward to the next 100 years.”

To commemorate the achievements of a hundred years of the RAF will be about letting kids play with simulators of RAF warplanes, plus charity balls, flower shows and from the list of activities: “The UK’s biggest gaming convention will have an RAF twist.” War games with drones perhaps?. The technology in games machines and software it needs to be remembered has the same detail and in its portrayal, execution and sophistication and sadistic portrayal of death indistinguishable from the real thing. Kids in there bedrooms fight wars every night on their Xbox and PlayStations. Not much difference the tech shift in directing a lethal drone…

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Where is the left I want to join it?

bob : July 30, 2018 8:12 pm : Blog, Capitalism, Movement building

Thoughts on: The reinvigorating of the common dream and the struggle for a broader collective social conscience.

“Enough of the perfection of differences! We ought to be building bridges.” Todd Gitlin

In Gitlin’s book. The Twilight Of The Common Dream he explains this “obsession with group differences” as the (unintended) legacy of the progressive social movements of the 1960’s, which operated on the principle of separate organization on behalf of distinct interests, rather than a universal principle of equality.’ ENotes more »

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