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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!