Various articles on a range of topics - Meeting in the town hall - youth and politics -Colonisation - Science - Environment - Political beliefs - Movements and workers - Letters
How we learned to stop having fun. Barbara Ehrenreich
Beginning in England in the 17th century, the European world was stricken by what looks, in today's terms, like an epidemic of depression.
Glasgow City Council faced the age old problem as both Aristotle and George Bush did. Regarding the public's affairs, there are two ways of dealing with public accountability and the public's happiness.
One is reducing poverty. The other is reducing democracy.
Online Activism2.0: Movement Building
by Aaron Kreider
I am a strong believer that people should work on local campaigns and build regional and national networks by finding other people who are working on a similar campaign in their own community.
On the one hand we have the young, who are still baring much of the brunt of "vandalism" And on the other the cost of vandalism in economic and social terms as perpetrated by corporate business.
Woodside - Thoughts to promote debate, on Community notice boards, Street Furniture, Plants, Murals and objects of public interest
"The Scottish Executive is open for business"
The New Regeneration Statement, The Royal Bank of Scotland & the Community Voices Network. Chik Collins (Variant)
B U R E A U O F P U B L I C S E C R E T S
We Don’t Want Full Employment,
We Want Full Lives!
Hizballah: A Primer
Hizballah, the Lebanese Shi'i movement whose militia is fighting the Israeli army in south Lebanon, has been cast misleadingly in much media coverage of the ongoing war.
Economics for the real world
We need to disband the rentier society
When he discussed the origins of 'the inequality' of humankind, Rousseau wrote: The first man who enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying 'This is mine', and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society. From how many crimes and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not anyone have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows, 'Beware of listening to this impostor, you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.'
Have you ever wondered what all this development is really about. How our city park is under threat, our educational facilities from nursery to university, our environment, our rights and our liberty
Constructing Neoliberal Glasgow:
The Privatisation Of Space ( Friend of Zanetti Variant)
Beware the Trojan Horse of cuddly capitalism
The business people, aided by public servants, have a pit of money (including ours) and manpower and also the business media, to push through any capital making, strategy they feel like and dress it up in any touchy feely gloss they care for - to shield them from public scrutiny.
Connections - Sports greed and colonisation
What happened in Athens, converting the city to world cup splendor "...In the last push of round the clock preparation alone, 13 laborers were killed at the service of making Athens, in the words of one Olympic official, 'habitable for a global audience' ".
A few words on the need for old fashioned community
I remember talking with my peers at the time, of how, "It would be good to know now, what you would know, when you were 50". "How cool would that be" But it never works out that way. Things change, people change - that is I suppose, what makes life so infinitely interesting
An opportunity needs to be identified - to inform the public of what exactly is happening to their public assets. Business and the business of parks
Is it time for a "real" public debate on Glasgow parks. Not a debate on the question. Are our parks being privatised? But one on the fact: Our parks are being privatised. What do we do about it!
Social Housing Privatisation
The mantra of the politicians was ‘the tenants will decide’, but how can a voter deprived of knowledge make an informed decision?
Class and the technique of racism (try-triangulation)
The term "class war" may seem to some, moribund or redundant, to others, quaint and of a past epoch, and others still the collected ravings of a chaotic rabble. Class war, is non of these - but the class war, is as virulent through out our society as it has ever been.
Beginners guide to propaganda
The problem with propaganda is, it is so embedded into our day to day life, it has become so normalised, we fail to notice it, never mind attempt to analyse how it affects us.
We all kind of know we are being lied to, what is less understood, is the extent to which we are being lied to and for how long.
Save us from the educated (try triangulation)
You can always recognise the educated, they float on a kind of mist that detaches them from the ground. They have that condescending look on their face when anything you say threatens to reconnect them with the floor...
Free the media
Excerpt from The exception to the rulers, Amy & David Goodman
Eyes Right, Framing Criminal Justice
Katherine Beckett and Ted Sasson, analysts of crime, media, and public opinion, argue that how a criminal justice issue is framed, rather than the social science research that examines it, determines the public's response. In other words, just telling the truth is not enough to change a person's mind. Someone is drawing some very effective framing and it isn't the left.
Looting the Commons
What is it that the United States can export easily? Other than weapons, our major export is intellectual property. We’re demanding countries around the world pay royalties for intellectual property. We’re exporting music, films, and software. Virtually everything that we are developing a comparative advantage in is heavily dependent on intellectual property. So, it becomes very important for the United States to be able to trade, in effect, intellectual property for things like oil. An interview with Michael Perelman By Pierre Loiselle
What Glasgow City Council do not wish to hear.
Displaced communities are a ploy to ease the developers work. Who is going to worry about the private development up the road, when you are at the verge of becoming homeless, being sent someplace else, or your flat is miserable for want of repair.
A Greek fantasy
While we have plenty money in the public coffers to accommodate the car, having a few nice old buildings around - that other municipals could only hope for - seems again, such a trial for the council. There is no room in Glasgow for history for its own sake only buildings that "earn there keep". Hope the council remember this when the bottom falls out of the market and we are left with all their dull developments, to compete for tourists with.
Irony is long dead and buried in the advertising industry, apart from the irony of of its existence and its insulting and arrogant infringement on peoples lives." Don't forget to breath" the car ad says. A hundred yards from the M8, which is in full capacity and jammed with trucks and cars all day, along with most of the other roads in and out of Glasgow, a city near the top of the list in car ownership in Europe. So "Don't forget to breath", it is saying. Buy another car!
Hold on, maybe you should "hold your breath" instead.
Glasgow City User Manual
Wouldn't it be nice to have a booklet that told you interesting things about the communities in our city.
What happens when we all stand up
It is easy to test the situation: Suggest to someone in employment, that - workers in this day and age of automation, should be working not an eight hour, but a four hour day. They may, as a first option look at you as if you are daft
Coffee with the riff raff
"People are just to dangerous when they get together" because then "they can have thoughts and ideas, and put them forth in the public arena, and they begin to enter that area where they don't belong, namely influencing public affairs" Noam Chomsky
Urban Angst - Young team
Your parents can't do it for you. The education board, the jobs market, or even the lifestyle advisors, charismatic heroes and media icons. The angst is. The awareness, that your future is not determined - but must be freely chosen.
Rebirth of the cool
What are we going to do with all these young folk. What if they start asking questions. What if they start realising what is going on. What if they figure out, we are invoking the real big brother, as we spoon feed them the game.
If we think for a minute of the meaning of colonisation, we can interpret colonisation, not only the Global sense, but also in the local sense. For instance we could compare the colonisation of a whole country, with the colonisation of a local area of land, say in the form of a public park.
Part 1 Good grounds for belief..
In the end what has changed of any use, that people did not change themselves. How long will we put up with the world of fantasy served up by state tyrants, the Blair Broadcasting Corporation and those wishing to lead us, If only we would give them power. Working people are being used by both ends of the political spectrum.
Part 2 Reasons for belief
The following are excerpts are from an article by Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland These points should be of concern to voters, who may be tempted to put their faith in the advice of the coordinator classes , rather than their own instincts and judgments, to lead them toward a happier life and a fairer society.
Part 3 Good grounds for belief
It is in the interest of the coordinators that you should feel powerless and that you cannot operate without them. It is of prime importance that the citizen - does things through the proper channels - ie the ones that the coordinator controls.
Movements for change and the alienation of working people:
We need to share the vision of a better world with the people who will populate it. We in this case means anyone involved, or who puts themselves forward in the struggle against oppression
Science for the Million
Fruitful intellectual activity of the cleverest people draws its strength from the common knowledge which all of us share. Beyond a certain point clever people can never transcend the limitations of the social culture they inherit.
The tyranny of waste There are seventy pictures here of places around Glasgow, I picked at random from a collection . Most of them were taken in deserts awaiting the promise of development, or rather redevelopment. The thing that is striking about these places is the sheer disregard and destruction of the communities that get in the way of so called, regeneration.
Lines on a page - Los sabores de Glasgow
Robinson is a sculptor from Chile. It is the first time he has traveled to Europe. I asked him to write something about his visit. He wrote the piece in Spanish, as he doesn't speak much English. There are a few gaps in the translation. Feel free to send me fillers. However at that, the poignancy of his writing still shines through
Lines on a page - Letter from America
Today I cast my vote. My hope is that Kerry wins the majority and the current inhabitant at the White House is shown the door. Bush visited our area this last Friday. Thousands readied their attendance. In order for people to get tickets and attend the rally, each person had to sign an oath of allegiance to the Republican party. People apposed were kept out of the picture and away from the "president."
How do folk on minimum wages survive in this country? I couldn't.