The video was inspired by CURA’s Municipal Socialism in the 21st Century even in June 2018, and highlights the latest concepts in the movement, summarising why it is growing, and explains some of its main concerns.
Aid payments are dwarfed by what’s lost to spurious debts, profit extraction, and dodgy invoicing, but help to feed a narrative of the industriousness and benevolence of developed countries.
“What this means is that the usual development narrative has it backwards. Aid is effectively flowing in reverse. Rich countries aren’t developing poor countries; poor countries are developing rich ones.”
“In other words, for every $1 of aid that developing countries receive, they lose $24 in net outflows“
“Ryanair is to recognise pilot unions for the first time in its 32-year history in an attempt to prevent strikes in the run-up to Christmas.”
“Ryanair’s share price fell almost 8% on Friday after its announcement.”
This system is broken.
The pro-capitalism argument of ‘look at these things that it has achieved’ is based on the assumption that these things couldn’t have been achieved under any other system.
I enjoyed the No Gods, No Masters documentary for giving a bit of a historical lay of the land of anarchism. However, it’s very battle-heavy and full of conflict. (Maybe it has to be?) Regardless, I would like to see a companion piece with more discussion on the history and evolution of the ideas, not just the struggle. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5t1cr7
If money is the end, anything is game for the means. “Don’t be evil” evidently not compatible with “unending pursuit of profit”. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/19/google-facebook-anti-refugee-campaign-secure-america-nowAlso on:
Pretty stomach churning, Thatcher’s close relationship to Pinochet.
Book of Dissent
Enjoyed the Accidental Anarchist documentary. Interesting to see second recent mention of Abdullah Ocalan, Bookchin and democratic confederalism (other recent one being Adam Greenfield ‘s talk at Virtual Futures.)
‘Artificial artificial intelligence’ – using cheap, manual labour to make it seem like you have some fancy machine learning.
“The “counterculture” that celebrated the early Internet and stamped it with utopian fantasies is not synonymous with the “counterculture” of student protests, civil rights, women’s rights, or the anti-war movement.”
the ‘increasing role of financial motives, financial markets, financial actors and financial institutions in the operation of the domestic and international economies’
“One of the most worrying long-term consequences of financialisation is the reduction in the capacity of democratic states to meet the demands of their citizens over the demands imposed on them by financial and corporate institutions, institutions which are increasingly free from the responsibilities that were imposed upon them by confident social democracies in the middle of the last century.”
Money from nothing. Paperless money. Became a core tenet of neo liberalism. (Source: postcapitalism)
Progressive alliance seems like the best hope of averting another 5 years of the Conservatives on June 8th. Is it feasible?
The Green Party election broadcast for the upcoming local government elections flags the refugee crisis, NHS, inequality, climate change, lack of investment in renewables, as key issues. Important issues, but not really issues that local government has much say over? I also would like the video to focus a little more on the very positive and progressive policies that the Greens have, rather than just saying what is currently wrong. But maybe that doesn’t fit so well into a short election broadcast.
Good review of Inventing the Future.
From a designer’s perspective, some tips on using open data in a project.
Design that respects human rights, human effort, and human experience – prioritised in that order.