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Talking About Drugs at Democracy 2015 Event

By Andria E-Mordaunt, involved with Occupy since Oct 15 2011,  largely – though not exclusively – as part of the Welfare Working Group (WWG). MSc in Social Policy & Planning from LSE. Former – recovering – drug user. Mother of the wonderful Millie.
On March 13 I went to a gathering at St Mary Abbot’s[…]

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Where will economic growth come from?

The global economic system demands exponential growth to survive rather like a bicycle which falls over if forward momentum ceases. It is underpinned by the interest based money system which demands expanding debt to provide sufficient money to pay the interest on pre-existing debt.
Growth in the US, UK and other countries has, for the[…]

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The Battle of Battersea

Tom Moriarty, Occupier, contemplates the closure and now monetisation of the children’s adventure playground in Battersea Park
 
Well I really shouldn’t have to say too much about this but I would ask you to please contemplate the implications, for example, the turning of a children’s playground into a profit centre, the segregation of children[…]

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The year that was… and here’s to a brighter 2013

So in no particular order:
 
We all struggled through and continued to pay the price of banker failures
Government told examiners how to mark exam papers
Facebook went public and immediately lost millions for millions
The Queen was impressed by a hula hooping Grace Jones
Games makers all made us smile
Mitt Romney admitted[…]

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How We Make Decisions

The Occupy Movement aims to be democratic. That means that everyone can participate in making decisions. So how can decisions be made in a way that facilitates diversity, participation and not to mention good decisions?

Some advocate consensus as the democratic gold standard and insist that all decisions must be made in this way. Some[…]

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A grey new world

 
Tom Moriarty, musician and Occupier considers the abandonment of the arts in education.
I am fascinated by the words of Nick Serota, Director of the Tate Gallery in a newspaper article today.    In the piece he talks about the success and popularity of the Tate and the threat of the arts being sidelined in[…]

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Pledge “Boycott-Amazon”

“I will boycott Amazon this Christmas but only if 50,000 other people will do the same.”
— Stephen Reid, UK Uncut
The latest from the UK Uncutters. Stephen Reid has started a pledge to boycott Amazon this Christmas and hopes to gain another 50,000 people to come alongside.
We have shown Starbuck’s the power of[…]

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Born to be poor

It’s tempting to say ‘when will this government learn’ however then one thinks about the government and it’s not so much ignorance as arrogance.   It seems then that post the introduction of the £80bn Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) over the summer the chief beneficiaries have been, yes you guessed it, the banks.   The FLS[…]

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Honey for the bees

Musician and Occupier, Tom Moriarty reflects on George Osborne’s Autumn Statement

 
It is the day after the budget, well the Autumn Statement, and what can I say.  Without going into the details one can say that this statement is more to do with the character of the man as oppose to the character of[…]

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