Riots: Some antidotes to reaction

Feral Capitalism Hits the Streets, by David Harvey
http://davidharvey.org/2011/08/feral-capitalism-hits-the-streets/

London Burning, What’s Next, By Michael Albert
http://www.zcommunications.org/london-burning-whats-next-by-michael-albert

Linking the riots to the media scandal
http://universityforstrategico​ ptimism.wordpress.com/2011/08/​12/linking-the-riots-to-the-me​ dia-scandal/

Tottenham: Neoliberal Riots and the Possibility of Politics
http://www.criticallegalthinking.com/?p=4151

There is a Context to London’s Riots which Cannot be Ignored, by Nina Power:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/aug/08/context-london-riots

London Calling: A Haunting Glimpse into our Future?, By Jérôme E. Roos
http://www.zcommunications.org/london-calling-a-haunting-glimpse-into-our-future-by-j-r-me-e-roos

Things Fall Apart, By William Bowles
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28805.htm

#riotcleanup or #riotwhitewash?
http://universityforstrategicoptimism.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/riotcleanup-or-riotwhitewash/

Deptford United – You’re Invited, Opportunity Knocks Us, and From Stockholm Syndrome to Self-Representation, Ewa Jasiewicz
http://www.peoplesassemblies.org/2011/08/peoples-assembly-in-deptford-march-wed-10th/

Darcus Howe and Richard Seymour on Democracy Now,
http://www.democracynow.org/

Statement by Arts Against the Cut
http://artsagainstcuts.wordpress.com/

London Riot Pt 2, Arts Against the Cuts:
http://artsagainstcuts.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/london-riot-pt-2/

An open letter to those who condemn looting (Part one):
http://socialismandorbarbarism.blogspot.com/2011/08/open-letter-to-those-who-condemn.html

An open letter to those who condemn looting (Part two):
http://socialismandorbarbarism.blogspot.com/2011/08/open-letter-to-those-who-condemn_10.html

Violence at the Edge: Tottenham, Athens, Paris:
http://www.criticallegalthinking.com/?p=4142

A time of riot: England and the world, Paul Rogers
http://www.opendemocracy.net/paul-rogers/time-of-riot-england-and-world?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_content=201210&utm_campaign=Nightly_2011-08-11%2005:30

Riots: The left must respond, by James O’Nions :
http://www.redpepper.org.uk/riots-the-left-must-respond/

“Recreational looting” in perspective:
http://memex.naughtons.org/archives/2011/08/09/14135

The Riots: A grim mirror image of neoliberal Britain, by Tom Fox:
http://www.redpepper.org.uk/the-riots-a-grim-mirror-image-of-neoliberal-britain/

Criminality and Rewards – Max von Sudo:
http://libcom.org/library/criminality-rewards-max-von-sudo

Britain and its Rabble:
http://aspleasesme.blogspot.com/2011/08/britain-and-its-rabble.html

‘Panic on the Streets of London’, blogpost by Laurie Penny:
http://pennyred.blogspot.com/2011/08/panic-on-streets-of-london.html

From Self-Mutilation to Self-Organisation
http://nomadicutopianism.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/158/

North London Solidarity Federation’s Response to the London Riots
http://solfed.org.uk/?q=north-london-solfeds-response-to-the-london-riots

The London Riots: On Consumerism Coming Home to Roost, by Zygmunt
Bauman
http://tinyurl.com/3b4y9g9

‘AA+ for the Rioters?’ blogpost by The Free Association:
http://freelyassociating.org/2011/08/aa-for-the-rioters/

These Riots are the Fruits of Austerity
http://www.zcommunications.org/these-riots-are-the-fruits-of-austerity-by-emma-gallwey

The riots: Marcus Dowe vs Mr Jones
http://www.newleftproject.org/index.php/site/blog_comments/the_riots_marcus_dowe_vs_mr_jones

The other side of ‘we’re all in it together’
http://orangoquango.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/the-other-side-of-%E2%80%98we%E2%80%99re-all-in-it-together%E2%80%99/

Riot Thoughts
http://willwiles.blogspot.com/2011/08/riot-thoughts.html

A FITWatchers view of the riots:
http://www.fitwatch.org.uk/2011/08/10/a-fitwatchers-view-of-the-riots/

These riots reflect a society run on greed and looting, Seamus Milne, http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/aug/10/riots-reflect-society-run-greed-looting/print

These riots reveal some unpalatable home truths
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/aug/12/riots-home-truths-culture-fear-greed

‘A Message to a Country on Fire’, statements by London Anti-Cuts Space:
http://anticutsspace.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/a-message-to-a-country-on-fire/

‘Five Quick Points on The Riots’, by Kenan Malik:
http://kenanmalik.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/five-quick-points-about-the-riots/

‘Don’t Moralise, Don’t Judge, Don’t Take Pictures – It’s Time for the
Riots to get radical, Daniel Harvey:
http://thecommune.co.uk/2011/08/09/don%E2%80%99t-moralise-don%E2%80%99t-judge-don%E2%80%99t-take-pictures-%E2%80%93-it%E2%80%99s-time-for-the-riot-to-get-radical/

Darcus Howe on the BBC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biJgILxGK0o

Interesting interview from the London Streets:

Interview with Tottenham local the morning of Sunday 7th August:

“Truly extraordinary speech by Fearless and Brave Lady to Hackney London
rioters:”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SHKhvVjLIc&feature=youtu.be

Badiou article about the ‘Banlieue riots’ in France (2005). Worth a read
now:
http://infinitethought.cinestatic.com/index.php/site/index/badious_lorganisation_politique_on_the_french_situation/

This from Paul Mason in Feb – Twenty reasons why it’s kicking off everywhere
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/newsnight/paulmason/2011/02/twenty_reasons_why_its_kicking.html

Moral Economy of the Crowd
http://territorialmasquerades.net/?p=458

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Uneasy Walk

At our last session (Tues 13th July) there was  a consensus for taking a walk.
Therefore at our next session (Tues 20th July 6pm) we will go for this walk.

There were various options for walking, some of the choice ingredients for the sort of walk we wish to take include:

  1. Purposeful/purposeless (do we have a destination, or do we change direction ‘at random’, but as a group).
  2. Where is the collective? (do we choose a location together, or individually. Do we go to that location individually, or as a group? Is the interest in going together, experiencing together, or reacting together?
  3. Aleatory (randomness) concerns. Do we select a destination, or do we choose at random (throw of the dice etc)?

The discussion selected 1. Purposeful (prefixed destination), 2. Collectively (travel as a group) 3. Destination chosen at random.

All of these selections will be re-discussed at the session.

The actual process of the Walk will be formed from the actual Walking. However, some considerations that can be made (or discarded) include:

  1. Should we appropriate found objects into our Walk; should we return with them?
  2. Should we produce artefacts from the process; should they be audio, visual, physical, memorial?
  3. Should we be making deliberative movements and actions; should we avoid deliberation?
  4. How does our status change in relation to those around us and the spaces we inhabit because of our intentions and actions?
  5. Is it immoral to enjoy walking (in non designated walking areas); what does it mean to ‘kill time’?
  6. Are we separating ourselves needlessly?
  7. What do we do when it rains?

(If you have any more, please add them)

(The video below is a discussion about what it is acceptable to do where, when and to whom in our current society. Background material to accept or reject.)

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