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Stieglitz on cities and equality

Interesting reading! 



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April 11 April meeting reading

Hi all. 

Quick reminder of next week’s meeting: Friday 11 April, 6pm at the Glengower Hotel.

We’ll be discussing Chatterton, P., Featherstone, D. & Routlege, P. (2012) Articulating Climate Justice in Copenhagen: Agonism, the commons and solidarity. Antipode 45(3), 602-620.

Email me lotte.reimer@gmail.com if you can’t access the paper and I’ll forward you a copy.

Some of you may know Lewis Winks who’s visiting and will be joining us.

See you next week

Lotte x



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 


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Proposed readings for next year

Heading something like ‘Visions for a different democracy’

Could we explore Russell Brand’s New Statesman editorial http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/russell-brand-on-revolution together with Stefanie Krasnow (Adbusters) No-Mo Manifesto? https://www.adbusters.org/magazine/110/nomo-manifesto.html and perhaps, something else…from the left, say Roberto Unger: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJq8VImEBTc&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLNdEBvVYMvsC3-vpYQRy_myLYbTKKAmUQ (I find it interesting – and a bit difficult, but he does have some big ideas) 



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Richard Smith: Capitalism and the destruction of life on Earth: Six theses on saving the humans


I was wondering if people might find this paper interesting to read and discuss? If I stretch it a little I think there is a link to the ‘maker’ issue that Sam is going to suggest readings for (I think, Sam?) – at least in the ‘mend, don’t throw out’ part of his ideas for the ecodemocracy world. So, it could possibly be a paper for a follow up to the ‘maker’ reading session?



Russell Brand and Jeremy Paxman

Generally, I can’t say I’ve been a fan of Russell Brand, but I was impressed by his 13 September piece in the Guardian after the Hugo Boss awards http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/sep/13/russell-brand-gq-awards-hugo-boss. Wednesday’s Newsnight interview with Jeremy Paxman didn’t disappoint that impression and I think it is worth sharing. You may all seen it already, it seems to be going viral, but you may equally have decided to give it a miss based on his past performances: http://gawker.com/russell-brand-may-have-started-a-revolution-last-night-1451318185

I don’t know if I can now say I am a fan of Russell Brand, but I like his passion and anger and I find it hard to disagree with him. I think he is an impressive speaker – and writer – and find it a heartening thought that he might reach many people who might not otherwise engage in politics.  AND he stopped Paxman in his tracks, no mean feat!


Slavoj Zizek: First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

Zizek’s response to modernism. Charity and the evils thereof, the dilemma of wanting to do good wonderfully clearly expressed. Not sure if this fits in with our discussions, but I love it and just want to share it.