So long and thanks for all the fish
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.
By Mark Bahnisch on August 7, 2011
Political and military power lags behind economic power, but the bill falls due. This could be the way the hegemon ends, not with a bang but with a Tea Party.
By Mark Bahnisch on July 31, 2011
Writing at Open Democracy, Sara Silvestri makes an excellent argument about the massacres in Norway, and how we should act to avoid their repetition.
By Mark Bahnisch on July 24, 2011
Commentary which seems to gloat “Oh look! It wasn’t a Muslim, but a right wing Christian” reinscribes the crazy narratives about terrorism and political violence which precisely require a more dispassionate analysis.
By Robert Merkel on June 17, 2011
It’s not clear, at this stage, whether Greece’s government is going to default on its loans in the short term, or, alternatively, another short-term bailout will succeed. The Prime Minister is trying to form a unity government with the Opposition […]
By Brian on May 28, 2011
General Ratko Mladic, after 16 years, has been captured and is to be extradited to The Hague to face genocide charges over the 1992-95 Bosnian war, including the massacre of about 7,500 Bosnian Muslim men and boys that at Srebrenica. […]
By tigtog on May 15, 2011
I have absolutely no idea what Bahnisch thinks is more important right now – please, share your thoughts on what’s happening in Düsseldorf tonight. UPDATE 11:30pm: the Eurovision Song Contest winner for 2011 is Azerbaijan!
By GuyB on May 5, 2011
Here in the United Kingdom the nation is waking up on Thursday May 5th, the day of the alternate vote (AV) referendum and some would say, judgment day for the political career of the Liberal Democrat Deputy PM Nick Clegg. […]
By Idiot/Savant on April 27, 2011
Crossposted from No Right Turn, with less swearing: I haven’t commented on the British royal wedding, because I do not give a damn about a pack of foreign inbreds, and even going to the effort of saying so is paying […]