Realpolitik and Bella Caledonia present ‘FED – Ideas Worth Sustaining’, a one-day program of talks, discussions, and, most importantly, ideas. FED takes its cue from July’s TEDGlobal Edinburgh conference – but while TED costs an eye-watering £3,700 to attend, FED… Read More ›
Archive for June 2011
At the beginning of March 2011, Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, expressed his surprise to the British Treasury Select Committee (in the ‘Thatcher Room’ of all places), that there had not been more public anger in response to the financial crisis. In this respect, the muted response in Scotland to the crisis is little different to that in the other nations of Britain. But what is at least as surprising is that there has not been more public anger in Scotland at the absence of a Tory mandate to govern Scotland. We are, after all, talking about a government that was rejected by almost 85 per cent of Scottish voters and that won barely 2 per cent of seats in Scotland at the last British general election.
The only way to describe recent developments in Greece is to refer to a peaceful popular insurrection that has led to an open political crisis. The mass gatherings at city squares at the centres of all major Greek cities continue to gather momentum. Since the 25th of May, Athens and most Greek cities have experienced some of the biggest mass rallies in recent history. It is a unique experience of social mobilization. It is also a highly original form of protest, which combines mass rallies with a democratic process of discussion through mass people’s assemblies.
The early 21st century is marked by a profusion of initiatives that bring people together to discuss and explore big questions. It amounts to a great river of change – but to realise its potential the movement needs a formal designation, says Keith Kahn-Harris.
Kenneth Hermse argues that the key to winning independence is to broaden the aim of what we mean by it and to reach out beyond party politics, to the disenfranchised, terminally bored and disaffected that make up half the voting public…
This is Natalie Jeremijenko on the art of eco-mindshift, from Pat Kane’s new Radical Animal site. Natalie Jeremijenko is an artist/engineer whose background includes studies in biochemistry, physics, neuroscience and precision engineering. She is an active member of the net.art… Read More ›
Jeremy Rifkin on the connection between linux, music sharing, nuclear energy, peak uranium and the ‘decentralisation of everything’. This is the ‘business case’ for the death of the nuclear industry. Post-Fukushima it’s as devastating case against new nuclear as I’ve… Read More ›
“It’s been part of the background noise for over half a century, warnings about resource scarcity, biodiversity loss, soil erosion or climate change. But impacts were always on the imaginative horizon. Sometime, far enough into the future to be re-assuring to a species that evolved with a clear preference for the short-term…”
It has taken a bit of a battering in the press in recent months, as it goes through a transition period, but a lot of it is undeserved, says Kevin Williamson. Here are his ten reasons to be cheerful: 1…. Read More ›
It’s difficult to know how to respond to Kevin McKenna’s weekend piece of writing in the Observer ‘If We Buy Taransay We Can Save the Union’ (Sun June 5 2011). It’s certainly a nadir for the Observer / Guardian newspaper and a departure into a form of Uncle Tom journalism for Kevin McKenna.
What’s the relationship between addiction, poverty and self-determination? By AnneMarie Ward I think most folks can agree in terms of behavioural health that empowerment can be a wonderful thing for those that have the ‘capital’ to claim it. Empowerment means… Read More ›