STOP COMMISIONING ARTICLES FROM PRIVATE SCHOOL AND OXBRIDGE WRITERS

A positive idea in a letter in the Guardian today……from Simon Jenkins to Laurie Penny no more articles. I can just hear the pipsqueaks……’this is not the right way to tackle inequality’ …..it’d be a fucking start though wouldn’t it.
Just to emphasise the point Owen Jones has two whole pages to plug his new book – already had a large chunk earlier in the week……..still he’s our new Orwell so shouldn’t carp. The book is a 38% style well worn run through of injustices ending thus………’the question is not whether such an establishment is unjust…….the question is whether it is sustainable’. I suspect Jones’ new book will not be so uncritically reviewed elsewhere.

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STRIKE! TOO MANY PROFS SPOIL THE BROTH

I like STRIKE!magazine. It looks great, it feels great. I like the people who produce it and their determination to sell it on the streets. I’ve written for it and just submitted an article for the issue after next. It’s contents can be a bit RED PEPPERISH but hey ho its flourishing so they must be getting it right and their target market is probably not curmudgeonly pensioners. BUT…………

The latest issue has far too many professors and senior academics writing for it. Every other article is by a professor of geography or anthropology or…….Are academics the only people with ideas or ability to write……where are the working class contributors………have you looked for them? Most of these academics already contribute to the Guardian – do you aspire to be only Guardian ‘Comment Is Free’ with better visuals. They also have plenty of other platforms. I’m moaning cos I like STRIKE! but you’re replicating class society’s hierarchy of experts and academics. Make an effort to find some working class writers – it may be harder than picking up the phone to Danny Dorling or Nina Power and they may not have the name pulling power you want. But they are out there………..imagine the joy of finding some unheard voices that can knock spots off the proffs. I don’t want to read more from Richard Seymour and the like…….I want to her some blistering prose from the army of proletarian wordsmiths out there who can never get published. Go for it.

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OWEN JONES ‘OUR GENERATION’S ORVILLE’

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August 29, 2014 · 3:34 pm

PLEASE SIR I WANT SOME…………

More genius from Tim Wells………

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RUSSEL BRAND ON OWEN JONES………’OUR GENERATION’S ORWELL’

I give in…..Brand truly is a great comedian

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EPIPHANY SHOWING – WHITECHAPEL ART GALLERY SEPTEMBER 11th

Epiphany (Suzy Gillett, 2014) 36 mins

Epiphany is about the rise and fall of the mystics and anarchists of the English Revolution. The Fifth Monarchists stood up to the restoration of the Monarchy in 1661 and were hung drawn and quartered for their efforts.The Muggletonians lasted for 300 years, keeping a low profile they had their own religious beliefs that successfully continued until well after the restoration of the Monarchy. Celebrating these little known political and religious sects of the English Civil War, a collective of people made a re-enactment of Venner’s uprising on the 6th January where he marched into the city to St Paul’s fighting off the army in a hopeless battle; incarnated by contemporary anarchists, Ian Bone and Martin Wright.

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THE GREAT INDEPENDENCE DEBATE

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August 29, 2014 · 6:16 am