Some Recent videos late 2018
On the recent threat of eviction for 300 asylum seekers.
The above is not just about the eviction of the vulnerable. This is the neoliberal project ramping up and testing our resistance. This is a message being sent out to all of the vulnerable in our city and in our country. Neoliberalism flexing its muscle, in this particular area, to see how much we will take and what they can get and where they will go next.
It is not only about asylum, but to create fear in all of those in the grip off housing systems run by the psychopaths of business, who should be nowhere near providing social housing. That’s the councils job. But then, it is not a problem of Serco, the council or the government. It is a problem for the people who “make Glasgow” and is a plague on all of our houses. Because if it isn’t Serco, or Carillion, it would be some other parasite. Some other group of business hyenas, nipping at the heals of our public services, pensions, wages, working conditions, environment, education and commons, for a way in, till there are no public services left. When their work is finished after exploiting and wringing dry the safety nets afforded to poor and destitute, then they will come for the middle classes. It needs to be remembered, that middle class aspirations are as meaningless to neoliberalism, as are the mass evictions of poor families. The fight back should not wait till it comes to the doors of out houses but should start at the front end of the wedge with those who suffer most. Continue reading
Why May Day Is Important – May Day On The Green 2018
Radical Imagination Project – Understanding Power Part 1.
Start of some videos talking about power structures with an emphasis on “people power” in building self determined communities
Making your way in the rentier society
Radical Imagination Project. Updates from around the community
Propaganda for beginners. Never a better time to to take note of the nature of the propaganda machine at election time when it’s in full swing. When its tactics become unguarded, blatant and raw.
Preamble on climate and connected issues Part 1.
Ideas around climate, access and public life with Peter Morton, engineer from Renfrew.
A dynamic and tragic portrait of the life of Reddit co-founder and computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, a champion of open access who grew up to lead the internet community into a new age of data sharing and free speech.
Radical Imagination – Winning things
It is often forgotten that we need to be out to win things, not just to suffer. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will, says Frederick Douglass. What do we need to do to hurt what the bankers and neoliberals hold dear? What do we have to do to make the racists frightened again? What are our demands and what form should they take? We can not fight without an alternative, otherwise we are fighting to stay the same.
Protest is a tactic. This is a time for strategy. Freedom is the ability to set the terms of how you want to live. We have a history of winning things that grew out of small ordinary acts of ordinary people, that slowly but surely built our socialism, the direction we wanted to live. The Trumps of the world go out of their way and spend millions on hoping they can make us forget this fact. Because what neoliberals fear most is self determined communities. They know, more than us, once folk start to win things, no matter how small, they do not give them up easily.
We need to set out to win things and use our wins to build strategy, solidarity and forward thinking. Starting with the local
Radical Imagination Making news Building vision
Radical Imagination Making news Building vision
There are a ton of groups and individuals working on all sorts of projects out there. Do you ever wonder what they have in common? Are there coherent strands to this work, broader aims, coalitions, a bigger picture that directs any of this work?
If there is: Do you think its a good idea that it is carried out on Facebook? How do you reach out to a whole section of the population who do not use or have access or no interest in Facebook? Do you think the expanding of the, not for profit industrial complex, is helping to maintain the status quo? Do you think the Universal basic income might be something that could help free up the minds of those at the bottom rungs of society to allow them to be more innovative in building solutions and understanding of their own problems?
Have you ever wondered: Why most people who go under the term activist, are always to busy, and that many ordinary folk are sitting at home wondering what they should do? Is representative democracy working? What are we winning by it? Do you think we are obsessed with what technology can do and forgotten what it can’t do? Why we are informed and equate through the news, the plight of the poor, the asylum seeker, the mentally ill, the destitute, the unemployed, and never meet them?
What are the questions you would ask? Not just about the problems, but more about the solutions. Not just about the struggle but about our place within it. Not just about solving how to survive in the system, but practical solutions for changing it?
And the biggest question of all: How do we connect all this random activity to keeping the planet livable in the long term for human beings? If ever there was a time for convergence towards a collective idea it is now. If ever there was a time to put aside petty slights and find common ground it is now. If ever there was a time to put aside absolutes and to deal with pragmatic questions in the here-and-now, it is now. If ever there was the need to engage in a common project with an overarching narrative. it is now. If ever there was a time to engage in sensible conversation it is now.
Radical Imagination 2017
Making news Building vision
EU Should we stay or should we go?
Discussion around the EU (European Union) Referendum:
Recorded 16th June at 7pm Govanhill Trinity Church Hall
Govanhill Southside Exchange – SHOULD WE STAY OR SHOULD WE GO?
Invited panelists from:
SNP, Left Leave, Green Party, Scotland Stronger in Europe, Podemos Spain
in Scotland, Global Justice
Issues to be discussed:
Liberty • Racism • Xenophobia • Brotherhood / Sisterhood • Democracy
Housing • Privatisation • Peace • Sovereignty • Doubt • Debt • NHS
Austerity • Geo politics • Human Rights • Health and Safety • Solidarity
Transport • The Economy • Food Security • Trade Unions
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership • Freedom of Information
Facts or Fizz – Time for making your mind up!