Capitalism

Ten Steps To Anarchism

Carne Ross | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Politics
Carne Ross

I used to believe in "the system": the political and economic structure of what we might call western democracy and capitalism. I worked for it: for many years, I was a diplomat for my country. I resigned from government over the Iraq war. I began a political journey. I no longer believed in the system I represented. But what would work instead? To my great surprise, I came to think that anarchism is the answer.

It Might Be Unpopular Right Now But #LondonIsOpen

Simon Pitkeathley | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Pitkeathley

I recently re-read the Metropolitan Revolution, which is essential for anyone with an interest in urban governance. First released in 2013 - a much ...

Trump's Assault On Climate Change Is Capitalism At Its Worst: Civil Society Must Resist

Ewan Somerville | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ewan Somerville

The beast of capitalism has slid under most noses for too long, but now it is exhibited within the White House for all to see. Trump and his team are not 'maniacs', the world has not 'gone mad'. No these people know exactly what they are doing, and they love such escapist labels. It is precisely us, civil society, that must stop them in their tracks with this loud and clear message: you may have ruled the world until now, but no longer.

We Have Been Bewitched By Business 'Magic' And Now Trump May Break The Spell

Nick Shepley | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Politics
Nick Shepley

In Britain and America in the past four decades 'business' and 'businessmen' have had an almost mystical status conferred upon them by modern political discourse and popular culture.

Globalisation And Free-Market Capitalism Are Tearing Our Societies Apart

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

A fundamental change in the way capitalism works is essential. Cosmetic changes or just words, not backed by action, will not do. Otherwise, I fear for the cohesion of our societies with the demagogues and charlatans directing the anger and frustration of the masses, not at the economic system causing the poverty of the many, but towards the weakest, poorest and most vulnerable members of our society.

United To Defend Education: Why Socialism Is Not The Answer

Nick Cartwright | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Nick Cartwright

Saturday 19 November saw 15,000 students and lecturers join together to march in defence of education and rally to speeches from student leaders, academics, union activists and journalists queueing up to tell us why we should tell our government to "TEF Off!" I'm proud to say that I was there, standing shoulder to shoulder with my brothers, sisters and what Malia Bouattia, president of the NUS, called our "non-binary siblings".

Donald Trump Reaction: The World As We Know It Is A World That Never Was

Craig Berry | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Craig Berry

The world will become more illiberal as a result, but we must not overlook the extent to which liberalism had only become selectively embedded in world order to begin with due to its hitherto compatibility with American imperialism. Trump's election may in future be seen as a decisive break with liberalism, but the earlier turn to neoliberalism had already signalled that liberalism and American imperialism had become increasingly incompatible.

The Facebook/Admiral Scandal Shows The Limits And Dangers Of Big Data Capitalism

Christian Fuchs | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Tech
Christian Fuchs

Risk is the insurance's commodity: Humans are looking for certainty in an uncertain world and insurance companies promise them means of managing risk. Insurance companies' capital accumulation model is that they seek for ways of minimising the number of actual insurance events in order to maximise their profits.

Trump And Clinton - America's Socio-Cultural Schizophrenia

Tony Sobrado | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics
Tony Sobrado

The United States of America is a vast country. It is inhabited by over three hundred million people and it's arguably the most diverse country on ear...

Mike Ashley, Rotten Apples, Jenga And The Laws Of Karma

Jon Wilkins | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Jon Wilkins

I was playing Jenga with my kids at the weekend. To say it was taxing and frustrating - as well as being damn right difficult - is an understatement. ...

Tell Me Why: Business, and the Need to Wake Up to Political Engagement

Gavin Devine | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

In short, they will need to engage. And once they've got into the habit they can and should also take leading roles in ‎other debates that are so critical to their businesses. It is past time for business to start taking politics and political risk much more seriously.

Sir Philip's Reputation Is Trashed - Humility Is His Only Weapon Now

Tim Jotischky | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK
Tim Jotischky

The only way Sir Philip can re-build his reputation is the hard way. Eleven thousand people lost their jobs as a result of the collapse of BHS, leaving a £571million hole in its pension fund... The time for belligerence is over. Sir Philip needs to learn how to do humility. It may not come naturally to him, but it is his only option.

Why I'm Doing a Topless Comedy Show

Samantha Pressdee | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Comedy
Samantha Pressdee

I feel safe and liberated standing in front of a crowd topless. Its a way of reclaiming my body and sexuality. Free the Nipple is not about telling other women (or men) what to do, its about choice, body equality and perception.

Theresa May Will 'Reform Capitalism', But Spokesperson Can't Say How

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Politics

Theresa May wants to “reform capitalism” in the wake of the BHS scandal, her official spokesperson confirmed today. At a regular briefing of journ...

When Children Become Parents: Reconsidering the Innocuous Act of Doll-Playing

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Picture a marketplace. On the one side, are the buyers. On the other side, are the sellers. In our capitalist system, consumers have the right and fre...

Ten Reasons Why We Must Leave the EU

Adam Hamdy | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

When I recently told a colleague that I want the UK to leave the EU, she expressed considerable dismay that someone of my background - mixed-race, working class, comprehensive education - was lining up with far-right racists. Such a misguided view of the people who support Brexit does a disservice to the millions of Britons up and down the UK, who are now in a majority that understands why it is morally, politically and economically essential for Britain to leave the EU.

Why Jeremy Corbyn Should Focus on Climate Change

Anthony Cornish | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anthony Cornish

There is a void that must be filled in British politics when it comes to climate change. Aside from the many number of reasons to take action based on humanitarian grounds, Corbyn is a politician in need of a stronger and more unified party. Forming a powerful strategy to tackle this crisis would help him achieve this.

The Divide - A Document Of Our Time

Mik Scarlet | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Mik Scarlet

Katherine Round's film explores a key issue of the modern age, the ever growing gap between the "have's" and "have not's", our obsession with wealth and the growing feeling that capitalism isn't working. It is shot beautifully, and this cinematography embraces and cuddles you as you follow the lives of people on both sides of the wealth divide.

The De-Commodification of Death and Funeral Rites

Julian Vigo | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK
Julian Vigo

Anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one and who is also the person in charge of funeral arrangements can relate to the feeling of having t...

The Myths That Justify Inequality Are Harming Us All

Bradley Allsop | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

One day we will look back on the myths that propped up this system with the same incredulity and scorn that we now do of claims of a superior race or race- the sooner that day comes, the better it will be for all of us.

Don't #ResistCapitalism. Reform it.

Carl Sacklen | Posted 14.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Carl Sacklen

Capitalism is not a bad word and shouldn't be treated as one, despite the fact that our form of capitalism can have some nasty side-effects. The Twitter trend should instead be #ReformCapitalism if we really want to change the world for the better.


The Most Radical YouTube Sensation of ALL TIME? Nyan Cat for 10 Hours

Alfie Bown | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Tech
Alfie Bown

What is the best YouTube contribution, from a radical perspective? What is the most anti-capitalist thing to erupt out of the capitalist enjoyment system that is YouTube? I have an answer here, and I think I've got it right.

Football Manager 2016 and Keeping the Dissatisfied Workforce Quiet

Alfie Bown | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Tech
Alfie Bown

What we see in Football Manager is the replacement of the real playmate with a virtual one so that every gamer can take successful revenge on the computer. In the solitary world of Football Manager, no one has to lose. This active revenge is taken against the computer for a passive defeat suffered at work.

Love What You Do

Ian Baxter | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK
Ian Baxter

Money matters but starting your own business must be an affair of the heart not just a question of the head.

The Tories Are the Party of the Workers? Translation: A Worker is All You're Allowed to Be

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

In modern Britain, women are to be workers, and workers only. Care and family work, the women and men who do it, and any importance placed on their work, are to be crushed by the New Party of the Workers - because a 'Worker' is all you are allowed to be.