Monthly Archive: August 2011

19 Aug

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Maliciousness in memes: #boganmovies and #tightsarenotpants

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BOGAN (Wikipedia): The term bogan is Australian slang, usually pejorative or self-deprecating, for an individual who is recognised to be from a lower class background or someone whose limited education, speech, clothing, attitude and behaviour exemplifies such a background. As the UK riots unfolded, commentary in both the mainstream media and on the Left highlighted […]

Filed under: class

14 Aug

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‘Mama said there’ll be days like this’ — The UK riots, the labour movement and the Left

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Special guest post by KEVIN OVENDEN* What did people expect? Just over a year ago, during the general election campaign in Britain, I remember George Galloway on the stump warning that the last time the Tories came in to replace an already dead Labour government and pursue full-blooded, class war policies, Britain’s cities went up […]

Filed under: age of austerity, class, racism, UK

13 Aug

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Intended or not, the consequences of riots are not always negative

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  Watts Riot of 1965 — how the rioters treated ‘their’ community then  This is the original text of an article commissioned by ABC’s The Drum, which was published yesterday and can be found here. The riots in the United Kingdom, mainly involving school age and unemployed youth, have provoked a backlash that seeks to paint them […]

11 Aug

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Whoever expects a ‘pure’ revolution will never live to see it: The UK riots in perspective

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  Mark Duggan, whose killing by police sparked the riots Maybe it’s a sign of the times, but for mine the most depressing thing about the UK riots is how some on the Left feel the need to loudly proclaim their lack of solidarity with some of the poorest and most oppressed people in society, instead resorting […]

Filed under: age of austerity, class, racism, state, UK

07 Aug

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US capitalism: ‘Take the money & run,’ or, ‘This sucker could go down, Mark II’

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  By liz_beths and Dr_Tad It is hard to grasp the epochal significance of ratings agency Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the United States’ credit rating, nothing less than an ideological humiliation of the world’s largest national economy. This after a week dominated by massive falls on stock markets across the globe and the “resolution” of the political […]