Insurrection and a conservative revolution: some thoughts on the recent riots - Raphael Schlembach

Raph Schlembach looks at the London riots and the absence of any Left presence. Originally published in September 2011.

S02E002 - The graduate without a future (II) : Inter-generational justice

The second show follows on from the previous discussion about the ‘graduate without a future’ by looking at austerity through the lense of generational justice. What does such a lense contribute to political debate? Should those subjects ‘without a future’ see such a lense as a locus around which to organise or is it instead a wedge that obscures political antagonism under capitalism, namely class?

VIRAL/FERAL – Working class youth and the “social media revolution”

An article by Deterritorial Support Group on the emerging utilization of social media and its potential for working class youth.

No Future: the sinking of a country into oblivion

Wake up, rise up

Many of you might evoke riots and clashes with the police if one were to utter the word Argentina, as well as recuperated factories ran by workers, popular assemblies, demonstrations, and alternatives against the banking system and politicians.

The untapped revolutionary potential of wayward youth and juvenile delinquents

A piece written shortly before the London riots, made far more relevant by them, and now with a small post-riot introduction.

Waiting for the barbarians - Jaime Semprun

In this essay written after the LA Riots of 1992, Jaime Semprun expresses a pessimistic view of the new "barbarians", the uncivilized youth who according to him have been economically marginalized by capitalism but also socially integrated by the spectacle of power and violence, and compares their social dislocation and nihilism with Hannah Arendt's characterization of the preconditions for the mass psychology of totalitarianism ("isolation and the absence of normal social relations").

Ceylon: the JVP uprising of April 1971 - Solidarity

Ceylon, 1971

Excellent pamphlet by Solidarity London about the uprising launched by the socialist youth organisation the JVP in Sri Lanka in April 1971.

The Schlurfs - youth against Nazism

A short account of the Schlurfs, working class Austrian youth who rejected the values of Nazism

I blame the parents!


Popular media coverage often lays the blame for youth problems at the feet of parents. New report shows that contrary to received opinion, parents actually take greater interest in what their kids are up to now and monitor their activities more.