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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…)

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/mar/14/left-after-tony-benn-bob-crow 

 

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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