So long and thanks for all the fish
By Mark Bahnisch on August 19, 2011
Cultural disdain is about more than humour. It’s the new politics.
By Kim on August 17, 2011
British Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech to the House of Commons in the aftermath of the English riots set the tone for a bizarre crackdown: Responsibility for crime always lies with the criminal. But crime has a context. And we […]
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By tigtog on August 16, 2011
The last thread has grown long and slow to load. Here’s two kick-starters for further discussion – Zygmunt Bauman on the UK Riots and this photo of Londoners coordinating to clean up their neighbourhoods after calm was restored.
By Mark Bahnisch on August 10, 2011
It’s time for another thread on the English riots, since the last one is now rather long.
To update on some of the analysis, the prediction that a number of the usual suspects would turn the events into a partisan football has unsurprisingly been borne out. So let’s ignore that, and have a look at what we know about what’s happened and what it means.
By Mark Bahnisch on August 9, 2011
Underlying all this is deep inequality, which creates the subcultures where setting the town alight can be perceived as a rational action. Addressing those causes would require a different form of society altogether, and a politics which would take us there.