Wine and Cheese on the politics and economics of land and housing.
1. The Economy of the Land
Who displaces whom and why?
Wine and Cheese on the origins and meaning of Islamism.
1. Islam has a bad press in the free West: followers of Islam still live in the Middle Ages, one hears, and Islamic clerics may conduct procedures their Christian colleagues have only been allowed to dream of for 150 years – to veil women, stone sinners, and burn heretics to death.
Junge Linke discuss Wikileaks.
1. The premise of the WikiLeaks project is that the exposure of governmental and corporate secrets is the critique of those parties. The project and its manifesto – written by Julian Assange before WikiLeaks took off – is concerned with fighting conspiracies, acts carried out in hiding, away from the prying eyes of the public.
With its economy in recession, the British government plans to cut a sizeable chunk of its subject’s means of living. In protest, British unions have united under the slogan of ‘Jobs, Growth, Justice’. What we want to explain in this text is how, if we look at each of those things in turn, the unions might as well have demanded ‘Poverty, Poverty, Poverty.’
In the wake of the wave of student protests and occupations over the increase in tuition fees, cuts to education funding and abolition of EMA, Junge Linke look at the role of education and the contradictions within the struggles.
The 2010 movement against education cuts in Britain presents itself as composed of at least two tendencies. On the one hand, there are voices which seem to soberly defend their quality of life against an attack by the government, making little attempt to disguise their materialism for something else.1
Junge Linke on the interdependence of private property, capitalism and the state
Any reasonable analysis of capitalist societies must include a critique of private property in the means of production. Most Marxists would agree. But it takes two to tango. The capitalist mode of production cannot be completely self-sufficient. It’s ridden with prerequisites, and it is the state that introduces and maintains these prerequisites.
Junge Linke on elections, democracy and the state under capitalism.
… “Oh yes ”, said Ford with a shrug, “of course”. “But”, said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?” “Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard, ” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in.”1
- 1. Douglas Adams. So long, and thanks for all the fish. Chapter 36. 1984