Sartre’s Existentialism

Here is an introductory article to the existentialism that Sartre propounded as well as some interesting pointers as to the criticisms of his thought:

https://philosophynow.org/issues/15/A_students_guide_to_Jean-Paul_Sartres_Existentialism_and_Humanism

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Thatcher Was Only The End/Beginning.

Here’s a fascinating piece (one of the best I’ve read in years possibly) that traces the destruction of a number of working class movements to inherent tensions in the structure of those movements that started to pull them apart before Thatcher delivered her hammer blow.  It also includes an extremely positive perspective on what could occur in the future.  A little taster for you:

“Rather, every single year since 1984 has seen some new state initiative aimed more or less directly at preventing the re-emergence of any sense of social solidarity and collective potency among the working population. Neoliberal hegemony is dependent on constant work to make sure that popular media stay on-message with a culture of competitive individualism and political apathy, on constant harassment of and intervention in the public sector to prevent it from becoming a site at which ideas and practices of collective self-empowerment can re-emerge, on deliberate social engineering to make sure that working class communities do not re-discover their own capacities – which they threaten to do constantly.”

https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/jeremy-gilbert/why-did-working-class-culture-disintegrate-in-1980s-sort-of-reply-to-paul-mason

If You’re Asking “What’s With All The Crazy Weather”…

… Then read this.  It’s not new.  It’s not the only place you’ll hear this.  In fact it’s been said for years.  But maybe now we could connect those white/wet dots outside to the dots in your petrol tank or your political choices.  It’s time to get involved with actions that will change the way the world works (if you want to find some then leave a comment):

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/columns/2016/04/21/paris-good-start-but-more-must-done/EDVnItEwc1mB6OQ1TGATSK/story.html?event=event25

 

A Brief, Brief History of Neo-Liberalism

Here is a good introductory piece about the development of Neo-Liberalism. If you want something to break open the movement to you, filled with references that you could follow up if you want to (look for the red writing and click on it) but not so deep you will fall asleep by the end, this is a good starter-for-ten:

The Zombie Doctrine

Piqueteros: The Solidarity Economy

Following on from my last post here is an interview with three members of the Piqueteros movement which gives you a feel for what they feel are the real benefits of the movement.  It appears that dignity is at the core of what they are trying to create as well as not being drawn into a purely economic system once again:

http://artactivism.gn.apc.org/allpdfs/472-The%20Power%20of%20the.pdf