"Taxation without repsentation" is a familiar rallying call of protest in the United States. But according to Marina Sitrin and Dario Azzellini, co-authors of They Can't Represent Us! Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy, protest movements in the U.S. and around the world are going beyond representation, and rejecting it in favor of self-organizing and horizontal organizing.
To what extent should the US disrupt the growth of ISIS? And should it be on the offense or defense? Wikileaks Whistleblower Chelsea Manning was an all-source analyst in Iraq during the beginnings of the brutal extremist group and writes in the Guardian:
Attacking Isis directly, by air strikes or special operations forces, is a very tempting option available to policymakers, with immediate (but not always good) results. Unfortunately, when the west fights fire with fire, we feed into a cycle of outrage, recruitment, organizing and even more fighting that goes back decades. This is exactly what happened in Iraq during the height of a civil war in 2006 and 2007, and it can only be expected to occur again.
With the result of the Scottish independence referendum a mere sleep away, we're revisiting Tom Nairn's Break-Up of Britain. Nairn has been an important influence on the debates around independence, referred to by Anthony Barnett as the "prophet of the break-up of Britain". See below for an extract from Break-Up of Britain discussing the move towards Scottish nationalism, or neo-nationalism, in the post-war period:
The gap between the super rich and the rest of us is spiralling out of control, with Britain’s 1% grabbing more than their counterparts anywhere else in Europe. In Guardian G2 today Danny Dorling lists the top 10 most shocking things about inequality - a round-up of the ideas discussed in his new book, Inequality and the 1%. It's eye-watering stuff!
Can we afford the world's super-rich and what have they ever done for us? BBC HARDtalk speak to Danny Dorling - Professor at Oxford University and author of Inequality and the 1%. He argues for a revolution against the top 1%, who he claims are impoverishing the rest of us. As other parts of the world are becoming more equal, why is it that Britain shares similar inequality with countries lilke Russia?