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The Death of the Worthy Adversary

Good dialogical discourse conflates the distinctions between enemies and adversaries; that is, as a combination or fusion of the distinctions such that the two are not so different from one another. Certainly, our polarized culture makes a sharp dist...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Dec 20, 2016

Can’t spot the wood for the trees

In the news in the last couple of days a number of stories have emerged that shows an incoherence amongst the men and women who are making decisions on our behalf. It appears that at a meeting of the International … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on Dec 20, 2016

Democracy Quotes in Hindi | संविधान सम्बंधित कोट्स का संग्रह

by Hind Patrika on Dec 19, 2016

A dangerous distraction

A few days ago I wrote my first response to the Casey Review which is concerned about a lack of cohesion across our society. In due course I will write some more. However in the meantime the Government has stood … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on Dec 19, 2016

Rodrigo Roa Duterte: Under a Socialist Lens

Duterte claims the "Left" will die for him. Where did he get that idea, when he is not even a trueSocialist? Philippine president Rodrigo Roa Duterte is fond of claiming to be the only president elected from among the poor classes. By harping hi...
by New Philippine Revolution on Dec 18, 2016

A Socialist Economy for the 21st Century

First published at the Next System ProjectIn Next System Project Report 3, author and Tellus Institute co-founder Richard A. Rosen explores the changes he deems necessary for a modern definition of “socialism”, and describes key concepts and issu...
by London Green Left on Dec 18, 2016

One more idiot wasting our money

In a nation which is being constantly told that our nations credit card is maxed out by people who themselves agreed to spend Billions on bank bailouts and have since committed large sums to all sorts of vanity projects such … Continue reading...
by IanChisnall on Dec 18, 2016

George Monbiot Edges Towards Ecosocialism

Wanstead Flats in north east London is a CommonsThe Guardian columnist, George Monbiot, wrote a piece on Wednesday, entitled 'The case for despair is made. Now let’s start to get out of the mess we’re in.' Those familiar with his writing wil...
by London Green Left on Dec 16, 2016

Yet Another Brent Council Executive Change

I understand that yet another member of Brent's Council Cabinet has stood down.  This time it is Cllr Roxanne Mashari.  Prior to Cllr Keith Perrin in September 2014, it was highly unusual for councillors to step down from the Executive. &nb...
by James Powney's Blog on Dec 16, 2016

The need for personal responsibility

As the train chaos continues, it is surely time for those in a position to change the dynamic in the Southern franchise to be held personally accountable. The idea of accountability being a passive focus on an individual, but no … Continue read...
by IanChisnall on Dec 15, 2016

Trump Has the Keys to the Candy Store: Suicide is Painless

        Sung to the theme of M*A*S*H Through early morning fog I see visions of the things to be the pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see… [REFRAIN]: that suicide is painless it brings on many changes and I...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Dec 14, 2016

A total lack of consultation

The following paragraph was published this morning in the Argus newspaper in the Opinion section: According to a press release from NHS England in mid August, local NHS organisations were “working together for the first time on shared plans to R...
by IanChisnall on Dec 14, 2016

The Casey Review

Last week in a fanfare of publicity Louise Casey published her review into opportunity and integration. It has taken her over a year to produce the report and I have yet to fully read the 199 pages. Based on my … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on Dec 13, 2016

A broad stab at a salary

The Government Department for Exiting the EU has just advertised for the Head of Communication for the department, which the job description states “As the most senior Communications professional within the Department, the Head of Communicatio...
by IanChisnall on Dec 12, 2016

Degrowth Is Punk as Fuck

Written by Aaron Vansintjan and Sam Bliss and first published at Common DreamsVery serious people often tell us that the word “degrowth” is too negative. People like happy, positive, nice things. Sure, the economy is systemati...
by London Green Left on Dec 11, 2016

Powerful bodies, spending our money

When well connected MPs ask the Government questions to which they should know the answer or which they could find out relatively easily, there is usually a hidden matter to be aware of. On Thursday Nicholas Soames, MP for mid … Continue readin...
by IanChisnall on Dec 11, 2016

Stand Up

At first glance, we had little in common. In fact, of all the people in the room the only one I knew was my wife. We were gathered together to find ways to defend ourselves against our government. Those who … Continue reading →...

Do Recent Political Events Signal the End of Neo-liberalism?

The Austrian Presidential election last week appears to have bucked the trend in a year of political victories for the right, indeed the far right. The left leaning and former Green, Alexander van der Bellen, defeated Norbert Hofer the far right cand...
by London Green Left on Dec 9, 2016

A predictable end to a sad tale

A few months ago I wrote about the abject failure by William Shawcross, Chair of the Charity Commission and Rob Wilson, Minister for Civil Society to offer Claire Dove, at that time a board member of the Charity Commission a … Continue reading...
by IanChisnall on Dec 9, 2016

HILLARY CLINTON RESPONDS TO “FAKE NEWS” AS A THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY

HILLARY CLINTON RESPONDS TO “FAKE NEWS” AS A THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton decried the rise of fake news as an “epidemic” during a speech on Capitol Hill. Clinton addressed fake news during a...
by The Politics of Everything on Dec 9, 2016


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