Save the Freebutt

This news broke last Wednesday but I’ve been busy recently and so I’m only writing about it now! One of Brighton’s longest-running venues, the Freebutt, is under threat of closure as a result of a noise complaint and subsequent Environmental Health Office investigation. As I put it on Facebook: Many of you will have seen […]

Calais Migrant Solidarity update

Apparently there has been a shameful lack of press coverage in response to Calais Migrant Solidarity’s recent press release, and visiting reporters didn’t manage to coincide their visits with those of large numbers of activists. I figured I’d do what little this blog can do to help get the word out and reproduce the release […]

More callous lies from peddlers of racist hysteria

I’m quite  a fan of the Enemies of Reason blog as 90% of the time author Anton Vowl mirrors my response to media trends and furores – right down to the tirades of colourful invective. Best of all, he reads the tabloids so I don’t have to. I’m impressed that he is prepared to return […]

Plurality is strength

From a comment thread over at Liberal Conspiracy, this remark from Sunny Hundal: We need the people who roll up their sleeves, we need the workers, the agitators, the students, the feminists, environmentalists and even… (shock horror!) meeja types like myself who will fight for and defend the left in the media. There should be […]

R.I.P. Howard Zinn

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys […]

This is not the end of movements

A website called Arthur Magazine brings us Douglas Rushkoff’s An End To Movements: “That’s right. Mass organization may just have been a twentieth century thing: collective actions of all sorts—good and bad—were responses to the corporatization of government and industy. As such, they took the form of the entities with whom they sought to do […]