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Life for the left after death of icons? Of course

Thanks for the interesting discussion on Friday – great to get so may of us there on the same night! For me, the key question is maybe how progressive political groups act in national/global solidarity when we foster diverse (if not disparate) and more locally autonomous visions of the future… Also how we organise more horizontally. I note that Russell Brand’s new book will be – in some shape or another – about how to organise (a revolution). I think he will do it suitably tongue in cheek but likely with some worthwhile insights… Meanwhile, Owen Jones has produced a useful little summary of the contemporary left in Britain for those of us who struggle to keep abreast of a fractured ‘movement’ (although he doesn’t mention Left Unity and Scotland and Wales are invisible to him, along with the socialist credentials of Plaid Cymru and the SNP…)




March reading group meeting

A quick reminder of the 14 March readings:

1. Russell Brand’ss New Statesman editorial http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/russell-brand-on-revolution

2. Stefanie Krasnow (Adbusters) No-Mo Manifesto https://www.adbusters.org/magazine/110/nomo-manifesto.html

3. Roberto Unger: The Labour Party and the British Alternative http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJq8VImEBTc&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLNdEBvVYMvsC3-vpYQRy_myLYbTKKAmUQ

Addtional paper suggested:  Bowman, A. et al (2013)  Business Elites and Undemocracy in Britain: a work in progress  http://www.cresc.ac.uk/sites/default/files/WP125%20Business%20Elites%20and%20Undemocracy%20in%20Britain_0.pdf

Also, if you haven’t seen the film ‘Five Broken Cameras’ yet, it is on BBC iplayer untill 8 April. It is a deeply moving and deeply disturbing account of life in a West Bank village and the effect of Israeli settlements – not to be missed!  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03x3yfk