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    Event: What is radical politics today?


    by Sunny on 12th November, 2009 at 9:35 AM    

    What is Radical Politics Today?

    A crisis makes you re-think your life. The recent economic crisis is no exception. All of us are now thinking how the world could be run differently. Despite this, a radical alternative has hardly emerged to mobilise the masses, which begs the question: What is radical politics today?

    In this book, leading academics, politicians, journalists and activists attempt to pinpoint an answer, debating the issues facing radical politics in the 21st Century. Rarely united in their opinions, they collectively interrogate the character and spirit of being radical in our times.

    Debate and book launch
    1.30pm, 25th November 2009 @ Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1Y 5BJ

    Hosted by:
    Catherine Fieschi (Director of Counterpoint, British Council)

    Jonathan Pugh (Editor and director, the Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space network; The discussion on 25 November will feature Doreen Massey, Saskia Sassen and David Chandler

    http://www.counterpoint-online.org/what-is-radical-politics-today/

    RSVP to Counterpoint@britishcouncil.org

    What is Radical Politics Today? Is published by Palgrave Macmillan and edited by Jonathan Pugh, Senior Academic Fellow, Newcastle University

    Including original contributions from Zygmunt Bauman, Frank Furedi, Paul Kingsnorth, James Heartfield, Terrell Carver, Clare Short, Edward W. Soja, David Chandler, Hilary Wainwright, Dora Apel, Michael J.

    Watts, Jason Toynbee, James Martin, Jeremy Gilbert and Jo Littler, Doreen Massey, Gregor McLennan, Tariq Modood, Nick Cohen, Amir Saeed and David Bates, Alastair Bonnett, Ken Worpole, Sheila Jasanoff, Nigel Thrift, Will Hutton, Saul Newman, Chantal Mouffe, David Featherstone, Alejandro Colas and Jason Edwards, David Boyle, and Saskia Sassen.


         
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    1. cjcjc — on 12th November, 2009 at 1:03 AM  

      Sounds interesting, will try to attend.

    2. Reza — on 12th November, 2009 at 1:39 AM  

      All Utopian ideologies have ended in disaster. Fascism, communism and now multiculturalism.

      They fail because they do not take into account human nature. They all end up trying to control and change people with evermore-draconian laws and an uncompromising and intrusive police powers.

      A definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

      Sadly tough, I suspect that people on the left and right will simply want to rehash their failed ideas as ‘radical’.

      They’re not.

      They all have the idea that more and more government will solve our problems.

      They won’t.

      A radical way forward would be a system based on small government, as small as it can possibly be, and an end to moral relativism and multiculturalism. A system that puts the ‘common good’ of society at the forefront of every policy.

    3. Reza — on 12th November, 2009 at 1:45 AM  

      All Utopian ideologies have ended in disaster. Fascism, communism and now multiculturalism.

      They fail because they do not take into account human nature. They all end up trying to control and change people with evermore-draconian laws and an uncompromising and intrusive police powers.

      A definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

      Sadly tough, I suspect that people on the left and right will simply want to rehash their failed ideas as ‘radical’.

      They’re not.

      They all have the idea that more and more government will solve our problems.

      They won’t.

      A radical way forward would be a system based on small government, as small as it can possibly be, and an end to moral relativism and multiculturalism. A system that puts the ‘common good’ of society at the forefront of every policy.

    4. kismethardy — on 12th November, 2009 at 2:24 AM  

      We need a despot, like Iraq needed a despot, to stop us all killing each other. A despot would ban knives, for instance. And we'd all dress smart. We need despot

    5. Jai — on 12th November, 2009 at 4:09 AM  

      A definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

      Indeed. This would also include obsessively and opportunistically posting neurotic monomaniacal comments about “multiculturalism” on discussion threads where it is irrelevant to the main topic.

      And following on from that, another definition of stupidity would be dismissing & ignoring any counterarguments and/or information which undermines one's bigotted, misinformed agenda, and stubbornly repeating the same questions, hyperbole, strawman accusations and faulty rhetoric over and over again until one hears the answer one wants.

    6. Naadir Jeewa — on 12th November, 2009 at 5:06 AM  

      This should be fun, as David Chandler seems to be quite skeptical of modern social movements, especially about their claims to “representation of the oppressed.”

      And the book has a paper from two of my tutors (Alejandro Colas and Jason Edwards), which is always a bonus.

    7. Dalbir — on 12th November, 2009 at 5:56 AM  

      The bastards have finally managed to do it. They have used the media and their understanding of social psychology to turn the masses into inert, passionless zombies totally preoccupied with the mundane.

      This is what happens when you use media to get a generation to aspire to and idolise the likes of Beckham, Jordon etc. Singho, never forget Guru Gobind Singh and the shaheeds and make sure the generation to come know what type of people they should be placing on a pedestal and get them away from this mad Anglo celebrity worship buckwaas.

    8. dave bones — on 12th November, 2009 at 6:25 AM  

      All Utopian ideologies have ended in disaster. Fascism, communism and now multiculturalism.

      Ah come on! Why the long face? Haven't seen no fat lady singin yet on that one.

    9. Sunny H — on 12th November, 2009 at 7:33 AM  

      I'm now betting that Reza has replaced cjcjc as the resident robot!

    10. Naadir Jeewa — on 12th November, 2009 at 9:28 AM  

      What are you talking about?

    11. Fojee Punjabi — on 12th November, 2009 at 9:34 AM  

      Naadir:

      In his above post Sunny is exhibiting his outrage that people have different opinions from himself because in Sunny's world only he is right…

    12. Naadir Jeewa — on 12th November, 2009 at 9:36 AM  

      Except I was replying to Dalbir, but this comment system is weird.

    13. Dalbir — on 12th November, 2009 at 10:20 AM  

      Yes the new system is a tad bit strange. I especially don't like the fact that posts are not uniquely numbered for ease of reference. But we'll get used to it I expect.

      Anyway Naadir, I was just trying to say (poorly I admit), that right now, lumpen sections of UK society seems to be living in a media haze with ridiculous role models being pumped at them. In light of this, I am not surprised that a total apathy towards politics, especially radical politics had set in. Unless we count disgruntled votes for the BNP as radical.

      Have I managed to bore you yet?
      I'm just glad I have some of my own 'radical' models to reference (culturally speaking) and was just warning others of the dangers of elevating certain types of people as role models over other traditional ones.

      Are you bored yet?

    14. Dalbir — on 12th November, 2009 at 10:22 AM  

      Not being able to edit is a drag too……

    15. The Queen of Fiddlesticks — on 12th November, 2009 at 11:02 AM  

      It looks interesting, I'm sure there would be things I agree and disagree with …
      but the word radical (and passionate) has become pretty trendy.
      Everybody wants to change/save the world now …ever hear the saying “too many cooks spoil the soup”
      I myself happen to love the world - even with all the bad in it. I really don't want to see it “radically” changed … to me thats not the definition of progress at all.
      I stand dead center in everything and try to listen to all sides … can we get the left the put the chez guvara flags down please?
      I don't know why seeing “mobilise the masses” really scares me. It could be because I have been to a few discussions like this where they fail to realize things are already moving forward and run differently without them…. when “do gooding” has a foundation in ego it rather loses it's “goodness” - there is a very big difference in “helping” and “taking over”



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