Blogs

Communism and free education

'Omnia sunt communia'

A short blog inspired by a long banner.

The Marx Memorial Library

A short visit to the Library.

Cait Reilly win is good, but ending workfare for keeps needs more

Today's ruling that every part of workfare other than the Mandatory Work Activity scheme breaks the law has given campaigners against workfare a huge boost - we were right all along. But the DWP have already said they will be doing a simple rephrase of the regulations and trying again and we need to make sure that doesn't happen by piling on the pressure now.

Unity and solidarity with claimants should be practical, not just theoretical

With attacks on claimants and the unemployed escalating, campaigners and trade unions have made numerous calls for “unity” between workers and the unemployed. But too often, this “unity” is a purely theoretical one. How can we go beyond words to build a practical basis for solidarity across our entire class?

Workers' struggles in East Asia (December 2012 & January 2013)

Workers in Wuhan, China protest over unpaid wages by dancing Gangnam Style

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia during December 2012 & January 2013 and related resources. The most important stories appear on my Twitter feed as soon as I find them: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews.

Credit, wages and Occupy: what system are we fighting?

John O'Reilly on the Occupy movement in the United States and the direction it took.

Liverpool housing association occupied

Can't Pay! Won't Pay!

An account of Liverpool housing association demonstration and occupation

Podcast of ‘Australia: The Lucky Country? Capitalism and its Discontents’from the Brisbane Free University

A podcast of a paper I presented at the Brisbane Free University.

Recovery or Failure: Housing By the Numbers

Though the economy may be on the upswing, it doesn't erase the inequality that sits under the surface.

Language teaching, open plan education, and organising prospects in the industry

A blog entry detailing my recent experiences as a language worker--examining the structure of my particular workplace and potential opportunities for organising in the industry.

Design As Politics

Design As Politics

New online publication of opinion pieces originally published in UK Building Design magazine from Dutch Design As Politics.

Fascist attacks on self-organised spaces repulsed

Two self-organised spaces were successfully defended when they were attacked by fascist and police forces over the weekend.

Civil Service Rank & File Network conference - a report

On Saturday 2 February, the Civil Service Rank & File (CSRF) Network held its inaugural national conference in Coventry. This is a brief report of the event and analysis of where the group is and should be heading.

No jobs and no workers? Strange contradictions of capital accumulation in Australia

An attempt to grasp what recent reports of both rising unemployment and a skills shortage means tells us about capital accumulation in Australia

Towards a new neighbourhood: Building something new in the shell of the old

When thinking about what kind of housing model we really want for the future, we can see the new structures sprouting in the very acts of resistance we have today.

HMV worker takes over official Twitter during sackings

HMV official Twitter turned against itself.

The Past, Present and Future of Radical Pamphleteering, 6/2/13, London

In the age of the internet, does the printed pamphlet have any kind of future? With self-publishing so easy online, could the pamphlet soon be obsolete? With a short talk on some of the history of the pamphlet, and an open discussion on where it's going...

No NUT ballot after school drops academy plans

NUT will not be balloting members for industrial action at Warren Comprehensive after school drops academy conversion plans.

Protesters storm government offices in Greece

Today scores of people protesting against austerity occupied the offices of the Greek Labour Minister. The occupation ended after two hours - following violent clashes with the police

General strike conference and a lesson in the arrogance of trade union leaders

In September 2012, TUC Congress overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for co-ordinated national action, up to and including a general strike.