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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.


<span style='font-size: 18px;'>The Spokesman</span>

The Spokesman

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'.


Tony Simpson


<span style='font-size: 18px;'>In Limbo</span>

In Limbo

Brexit Testimonies from EU Citizens in the UK

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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

<span style='font-size: 18px;'>In Limbo Too</span>

In Limbo Too

Brexit Testimonies from UK Citizens in the EU

From an idea by Elena Remigi. Expanded and revised edition.

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Fearful, uncertain, angry, ashamed. Betrayed, bereft, unsettled, abandoned. Collateral damage, high and dry. Cast adrift, torn asunder.

For many UK citizens who have built homes, families and lives in Europe, these words express how they have felt since the EU referendum upturned their lives.

After the 1992 Maastricht Treaty created the EU as we know it, the generations who have moved from Britain to elsewhere in Europe have done so with an assumption of belonging. They could live, love, work, start a family, start a business, own property, and contribute to society in the same way that someone could move from Kent to Cumbria in the knowledge that their citizenship and status would remain inviolable.

For UK citizens in Europe, the 2016 referendum shattered that security overnight. Their assumption of belonging was annulled, their assured citizenship called into question, the very ground beneath their feet removed.

The first volume, In Limbo, provided a platform for the testimonies of EU citizens living in post-referendum Britain. In Limbo Too complements this with the narrative of Britons living in Europe. This book is their voice, their stories from Limbo.

<span style='font-size: 18px;'>The Search for Alternatives</span>

The Search for Alternatives

Liberating Human Imagination
A Mike Cooley Reader

By Mike Cooley

Foreword by John Palmer
Introduction by Karamjit S Gill

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"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."
John Palmer

"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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