Slavoj Žižek commented in support of the wing of the tuition fees protest that stormed Tory HQ in 'Violence Revisited,' his recent lecture at Birkbeck College:
People saying you could have delivered the same message without violence. F*ck them! Of course you can deliver the message. But nobody would hear the message. This is what they like, that 100 people gather and write a message and then you don’t even get the bottom note in the day's paper … You have to break some windows to get the message through.
During the student protests and occupation of Conservative party HQ a witty line doing the rounds on Twitter was, 'A problem for the Tories as the big society all turn up at once.'
Writing collectively for the Guardian, the Anarchist Studies Network develop the theme of making the 'big society' into something quite different from the intentions of its progenitors.
The promise of the perfectibility of the human being, the forging of a new man through industry and technology, has long been considered a Communist or at least Modernist notion that we have sensibly discarded, but Juvin sees it fulfilled under neoliberal capitalism, in its postmodern culture ...
Perry Anderson, author most recently of The New Old World, was in India this week to participate in a three-day meeting on "The Global Crisis and Hegemonic Dilemmas." Organized by the Indian Council of Social Science Research and the Madras Institute of Development Studies, the conference brought together world-renowned political and economic experts including not only Anderson but also Leo Panitch (whose book The Making of Global Capitalism, co-authored with Sam Gindin, will be published by Verso in Fall 2011), Vivek Chibber, Chaohua Wang (editor of One China, Many Paths for Verso), and Michael Löwy (author of Fire Alarm and The War of Gods for Verso) among others.