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Public Alternative to the Privatisation of Life
Strategies for decommodification, public ownership & provision, democratic control, climate action, conserving nature & biodiversity and radical public management
By Dexter Whitfield
This book focuses on privatisation, automation and megacities, and the political economy of ten forms of privatisation. It provides detailed global evidence of the high costs and consequences for public services, assets, jobs and inequalities and the business of extracting profits from public assets and service users. The final part of the book details proposals for democratisation and participation together with decommodification, which is essential to enable effective public ownership and provision. Public assets and services under neoliberal public management would be disastrous, hence a new radical approach to public management is essential. It concludes with ways in which public revenue can be significantly increased and a strategic action agenda.
Hiroshima, then Nagasaki
The Spokesman 146
Edited by Tony Simpson
Bertrand Russell constantly sought fresh ways to work for peace and nuclear disarmament. 'The nuclear age,' he wrote in 1964, 'imposes new ways of thought and action and a new character in international relations'. It was during the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis of October '62 between the Soviet Union and the United States. 'This was a moment of great importance,' wrote Russell. 'It showed that neither considered it desirable to obliterate the human race ... The first fruits of the new more friendly relations between East and West was the Test Ban Treaty.'
Now, in less auspicious times, President Trump threatens renewed explosive nuclear testing in the United States. He has prompted a volley of informed opposition, domestic and international, which we report in this issue of The Spokesman. In particular, concerned American scientists with expertise on nuclear weapons emphasise that 'there is no technical need for a nuclear test'.
Brexit Testimonies from EU Citizens in the UK
From an idea by Elena Remigi
Collected by Elena Remigi, Véronique Martin and Tim Sykes
With forewords by George Szirtes & Ian Dunt
Imagine... Imagine you left your native country because you wanted to explore your neighbouring world and embrace the European dream. Imagine you truly believed that the European Union was your home and that, as well as being a citizen of the country you were born in, you were also a citizen of Europe. Imagine you fell deeply in love with your new country. Imagine you built a life there, married, had children, a career, started a business... You felt happy and totally integrated. You were at home.
Then one day, your new country decides to vote to leave the European Union, which means that all the rules you have built your life on are going to change. One morning, after years and even decades, you suddenly feel unwelcome, unwanted, betrayed. Your certainties, your life and your security are gone. Your sense of identity too. Through no fault of your own, you are stuck in a painful limbo.
This is what has happened since the Brexit Referendum in June 2016 to the EU citizens who have made their life in the UK. This book of testimonies is their voice, their stories from Limbo, haunted by the poignant question: where is home?
Collected by Elena Remigi, Véronique Martin and Tim Sykes
The Search for Alternatives
Liberating Human Imagination
A Mike Cooley Reader
By Mike Cooley
Foreword by John Palmer
Introduction by Karamjit S Gill
"we have become far too smart scientifically to survive much longer without wisdom"
Mike Cooley, The Myth of the Moral Neutrality of Technology
"The thrust of Mike Cooley's human society focused analysis has a striking parallel in the rapidly growing world-wide movement - led by young people - against climate change and for radical, green policies in all the major aspects of our economic, social and individual lives to counteract it. It is a development profoundly welcomed by him as the climate change threat to our planet and its people looms ever larger. In a sustainable world economy, the values and goals of Michael Cooley's work on human centred technology are sure to be reflected."
"Through his historical insights into the evolution of digital technology, Mike Cooley provides a stimulating narrative for understanding the impacts and implications of the new digital technologies of machine intelligence and automation ... Cooley's main concern is the misuse of technology, which can amongst other things create a frantic work tempo for some and the dole queue for others. Although humans with their skill and ingenuity were able to create technological change from the early stages to the advance of artificial intelligence, the society which has given birth to them tends to fail to keep pace."
Karamjit S Gill
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