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An Occupiers Perspective

This section aims to provide a space for the varied and diverse voices of Occupy London.
 
 

Local Economy and Monopoly Power.

A question was asked by Em Wierdigan, about Local Economies.
I’ve asked the economics boffins, now widening this out as the figures/references I’m searching for seem to be elusive.
I need to know some simple stats about how much more a £ spent in a local independent shop is worth (compared with big supermarket of[…]

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Universal Basic Income: Neo-Liberalism’s Achilles Heel?

Contributed by Clive Menzies founder of the group ‘Critical Thinking’ . 
The article:
MORAL ASPECTS OF BASIC INCOME by Tom Streithorst,
makes the case for a citizens income to reignite economic growth, citing lack of demand in the economy as the “only Achilles heel” of the capitalist system. It hails the explosion in productivity although[…]

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Christmas at Barton Moss.

Great time at the Moss just about enough of everything we might need, lots of good spirits and great music, heavy frost and high winds on their way. I sit in my tent at the centre of stillness with the winds of change raging all around. It’s like making a long prayer for the land[…]

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The Nightmayor Before Christmas

A small protest expressing dismay at the tenure of a Mayor who we see
as representing interests of corporatocracy rather than those of most
Londoners.
Dear “nightmayor” before Christmas, we deliver thìs card as you “deliver” a London for the ‘one per cent’-a pseudo-Monaco for an obscenely rich cabal of toffs mugging us off; robbin[…]

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BARTON MOSS BUS BLOCKADE

By @emweirdigan
Salford in the early hours of a December day, trapped in a sliver of damp earth between motorway and access lane. Barton Moss Protectors’ Camp. Pre-dawn, chilly, dawdling, waiting for the fracking trucks to arrive, waiting to slow-walk up the lane – the only peaceful protest the law is prepared to allow us[…]

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BARTON MOSS UPDATE FROM BIFF AND TIM.

BY Tim Williams
Police arresting a Legal Observer.
Below is a Barton Moss Protection Camp update from BIFF and Tim Williams, Legal Observer and Protector. They are in Barton Moss, Salford, Greater Manchester.
     
     

Update 9th December 2013. Monday evening Barton Moss Protection Camp:
“All bar one of our protectors[…]

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LEFT UNITY: A CASE FOR THE REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST PLATFORM

A CASE FOR THE REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST PLATFORM
By Steve Freeman
“British politics urgently needs a new force – a movement on the Left to counter capitalism’s crisis. If a new, networked movement of the Left could agree on some key principles, and avoid creating another battleground for ultra-left sects, it could give a voice to[…]

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UK STUDENTS FACING VIOLENCE, INTIMIDATION AND ARREST FOR OPPOSING PRIVITISATION OF THEIR UNIVERSITIES

SCRIPTONITE DAILY
The growing student movement in opposition to the marketisation of Higher Education is being confronted by the full force of the emergent British police state. Universities are using court injunctions to ban student protest, and when students oppose such measures they are faced with an overwhelming and violent response by the UK’s militarised[…]

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PILOTING AN ANARCHA-FEMINIST APPROACH TO RESEARCHING HORIZONTALITY WITHIN OCCUPYLONDON AND GLOBAL SQUARE

Piloting an anarcha-feminist approach to researching horizontality and consensus within Occupy London and Global Square
Kate Burrell
Comments, thoughts and feedback very welcome. Email: katyburrell@gmail.com
ABSTRACT
Constructing an anarcha-feminist methodology and participatory action research design, I consider ways that power relations of mainstream capitalist society, with its multiple oppressions, of race, class, gender and socio-economic[…]

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