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School climate strikers lead the way to ...

School climate strikers lead the way to a democratic revolution

Hundreds of thousands of people across the world are taking part in actions called by the School Climate Strikers ahead of the climate summit in New York next week. It may become the biggest ever climate protest. School students will be joined by hundreds of thousands of workers and students from higher education. All the […]

Global economic car crash?

Global economic car crash?

The announced closure of Ford’s engine plant in Bridgend, South Wales in 2020 is emblematic of the continuing decline of capitalist production worldwide. In May, global manufacturing output crossed the line from growth to contraction. Again. This is the latest sign of a long-term trend. New orders for exports lead the way down. Service industry […]

There’s nothing green about bio-energy

There’s nothing green about bio-energy

The Bio-fuel Deception: Going Hungry on the Green Carbon Diet by Okbazghi Yohannes, Monthly Review Press, review by Penny Cole The story of bio-fuels is a moral tale of how marketised, profit-driven responses to climate change will both fail to solve the problem and cause unconsidered damaging outcomes. As millions of hectares of land are […]

Mapping out the road from Wigan Pier

Mapping out the road from Wigan Pier

Wigan – the name is full of resonance. Little did we know that our meeting place, Sunshine House, was close to the old tripe shop where writer George Orwell penned his book The Road to Wigan Pier in 1937. But Real Democracy Movement supporters who converged on the town from all around the UK weren’t […]

Eco-crisis at a tipping point

Eco-crisis at a tipping point

Presentation by Penny Cole at Getting to Grips with Neoliberalism teach/learn-in at Wigan, November 24 The chart shows that during the entire neoliberal period of globalisation, as the science of climate change became ever clearer, emissions continued to rise. The new IPCC – United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – report suggests we have […]

Call time on neoliberal-driven climate d...

Call time on neoliberal-driven climate disaster

Everything that people depend on for their daily lives has not just been disrupted, it’s been absolutely destroyed. So said Mark Bowen, head of emergency management for Bay County, Florida, after Hurricane Michael passed through the Florida Panhandle. Looking to the bigger picture, the last 20 years have seen a dramatic rise of 151% in […]

Oceania celebrating

Oceania celebrating

That we’ve broken their statues That we’ve driven them out of their temples doesn’t mean at all that the gods are dead. Ionia, CP Cavafy Oceania at London’s Royal Academy has opened at a time when efforts by indigenous, native and first peoples to decolonise their cultures have reached a high pitch. With this astounding display […]

Fracking is the failure of democracy – s

Fracking is the failure of democracy – so say today’s Suffragettes

Several hundred women from around the country took up the call of the Women of Lancashire to demonstrate in Parliament Square on Wednesday. Dressed in white costumes with suffragette sashes, they raised their voices demanding an end to fracking. Meanwhile, inside Westminster Hall, MPs debated and questioned Claire Perry, Minister of State at the Department […]

Tories ignore global heatwave and give b...

Tories ignore global heatwave and give backing for fracking

In the midst of the global heatwave, energy minister Claire Perry’s approval of the first UK fracking licence under its new, more permissive regulatory regime reveals more of the real, corporate power behind the government. Approval for shale gas extraction company Cuadrilla to begin extraction in Lancashire has injected new energy into the opposition movement […]

Why we need a governing legislative fram...

Why we need a governing legislative framework at the heart of a new written constitution

In the e-book Democracy Unchained, Chapter 2 charts the rise of a corporatocracy that has re-fashioned the state to serve the needs of powerful corporations and their shareholders – particularly over the last 30 years. It states: “By the 21st century, fewer than 100 transnational corporations (TNCs) dominated the world economy …” and “… some […]