In a perfect world, everyone's each and every need would be catered for but as we all know, this world is far from perfect. And so we aim to reach a consensus of what is best for most of us (including for "low information, non-city dwelling bigots"). And by doing this, we realise that representation can never be full in its entirety. And polarisation of opinion will always occur.
The VIOME worker-occupied factory in Thessaloniki. Credit: Joel Benjamin Greek workers have shown that bosses and owners
The benefit for the ruling class in this arrangement is obvious; the loss for society manifold. The rapid normalisation of tuition fees demonstrates neatly the insidiousness of the neoliberal ideology. Now students are consumers, they are individuals set against each other in a competition for employment so that they can service their loans.
Beijing has written a bill which, if passed, will allow Hong Kongers to vote for their own leader in 2017 - as long as the Communist party approves of the three candidates put forward. Hong Kong, gloriously and rightfully autonomous since it's release from Britain in the late nineties, was promised 50 years of making their own choices and rules. This bill undermines that promise.
The room was packed. Students, workers and staff humbly gathered together to listen to tales of resistance from Ray Goodspeed, founder of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, & Owen Jones, author of Chavs and Guardian columnist...
My Davos this year fits this picture. I am co-leading a two-year inquiry established by the United Nations Environment Program into how to change financial and capital markets in ways that align the behavior of lenders and investors with our need to live inclusively within our planetary boundaries.
Protesters who spent the night near Parliament Square today said they planned to remain outside the Supreme Court until Sunday
Pro-democracy protesters descended on central London tonight as the Occupy movement gathered to set up camp outside Parliament
An area of protester barricades was cleared at the main Umbrella Movement protest camp this morning in Hong Kong...
Last year, a fire was started at the Victoria Memorial - close to the gates of Buckingham Palace - and protesters threw glass