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Fracking is Cracking Up

January 8th, 2019|real democracy|0 Comments

Fracking has been described as a ponzi scheme. And that’s pretty much what it is. In a recent report I published for Frackwatch that focused on the relationship with fracked gas and the plastics industry, I highlighted the […]

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Beyond Wigan: themes & actions

The world of work – global precarity and inequality

 

It’s the shock doctrine in action.

The major focus of neo-liberalism has been to destroy workers’ rights and drive down wages by creating self-employed precarious workers – or oppressed workers with no […]

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Mapping out the road from Wigan Pier

Wigan PierWigan – 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 […]

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Precarious work in Neoliberal Britain

December 1st, 2018|gig, real democracy|0 Comments

Introduction by Dan McMahon to the session:

Globalised precarity & inequality – beyond the gig economy

Why precarity & inequality are the new normal
Can AI benefit the 99%?
Technology as a liberatory tool
Achieving co-ownership and control of the corporations
What to do with […]

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Reclaiming culture from the 1%

December 1st, 2018|culture, real democracy|0 Comments

Introduction by Dan McMahon to the session:

Identity, ideology & culture in a neoliberal world

Since the global financial crisis, there has been continued concentration of cultural power into monopolies and scandals casting a menacing shadow over society. Scandals, from phone […]

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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.

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Creating identity in a neoliberal world

Identity, ideology & culture in a neoliberal world

Presentation at Wigan Teach-In, 24 November 2018

Is culture only a tool for the 1%? What does a cultural strategy for an emancipatory movement look like? Beyond divide and rule – privileging and […]

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From neoliberalism to illiberalism: What is behind the rise of the far right?

November 29th, 2018|real democracy|0 Comments

Here are the points I made when introducing the session “From neoliberalism to illiberalism: What is behind the rise of the far right?” at the ‘Getting to grips with neoliberalism’ teach/learn-in in Wigan on November 24:

Can real democracy – economic […]

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Even Dr Who…

Introduction to Getting to Grips with Neoliberalism Teach/Learn-in – Wigan 24 November  2018

We are here to reach a deeper understanding of what neoliberalism, how it is changing. What do we want to do?

* learn from each other as well as […]

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Brexit crisis shows political system is broken

The dramatic deadlock in the UK over Brexit is a spectacular expression of a broken political system. Our existing form of democracy is simply incapable of representing the diverse interests of […]

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Boo the gig economy

Several hundred precarious workers and supporters marched behind the banner of the Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) in a united protest action at London’s High Court yesterday.

The IWGB was in the court facing global taxi […]

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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 […]

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