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Brett sits down with Dr. Mark Bray to discuss the political philosophy, history, and future of Anarchism. Topics include: Bakunin and Marx, the first international, the Spanish Civil War, Stalinism, listener questions, the anarchist view of the State, Occupy Wall Street, Antifa, and much more!
Really good interview with Mark Bray covering some history of anarchism, discussion of different tendencies, where it overlaps and differs from Marxism and other revolutionary socialist approaches. Current approaches to organising.
List of social centres in the UK: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_centres_in_the_United_Kingdom
Is this the best place to go for an up-to-date list?
Back in the day at university I went to The Common Place a few times. https://theculturevulture.co.uk/conversations/speakerscorner/the-common-place-is-closing/
Labour’s report on Alternative Models of Ownership. Not yet read it, but it’s exciting that a major political party is giving such thought to cooperative and municipal models of ownership.
To support the expansion of cooperatives in the UK it is necessary to improve their access to finance, and examples from Italy and Spain point in the direction necessary to achieve this. Cooperatives can further be supported by national legislation and a re-worked government procurement policy.
How can we support the transition to a solar/renewable energy infrastructure?
My energy provider (in the UK) is currently one which guarantees buy back of renewables for all energy used. I don’t have enough money to invest in renewable companies. What else should I do? Petition? Protest? Get involved with local community? What else?
The first free public library [in the UK] was opened in Campfield, Manchester in 1852. http://www.politics.co.uk/reference/public-libraries
Had an idea for a cooperatively-run indieweb hosting platform. We would help set up and / or host WordPress-based indieweb sites. Preconfigured to interact with both the silos and the fediverse. For mainly Gen 3/Gen 4 of indieweb, to coincide (/precipitate) the (surely) upcoming exodus from sites like Facebook.
Crypto technology is coming to a crossroads. Those who want to use it to radically redistribute wealth must take urgent action.
I think the article could explain better what it is specifically that both the left the far-right are doing with cryptocurrency. And in what way the far-right is one step ahead.
without close attention to how to construct new structures, aspiration is unlikely to be translated into effective workable systems.
I do like how Ostrom’s views could be used as a different tack to organising in socialism. Locally focused but also recognises need for institutional superstructures. However, these made through rules and constitutions of diverse groups, not ideology and party apparatus.
Dunno if it’s reformist or revolutionary tho yet. Probs reformist.
Questions raised as to why there is a prevailing whiteness in the workers co-ops movement. One suggestion was that those from black and minority ethnic groups are hesitant to enter a suspiciously white space. A bit of a Catch 22 that needs concerted effort to be overcome. Important to do so though especially given the structural potential for coops to empower.
Interesting point made as to the demonization made of the white working class as being the racists in society, when in fact there is much subtle and potentially more damaging racism perpetrated by the white middle class.
Really interesting talks at the Stir to Action event tonight on racial justice and the new economy. Moving to a new socio-economic paradigm won’t automatically remove systemic racial biases. We should address them head on to avoid repeating them in our new structures.