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The public face of the activist

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Martin Thomas

Zvonimir Novak argues that in France, progressively over the last 40 years, the autocollant has become the “means of expression of those who do not have access to the mainstream media”.

Not just in France, but (he says) in Calcutta, in Dakar, worldwide.

I don’t know why the autocollant is still rare in Britain. Solidarity and Workers’ Liberty are now pioneering this field, producing a first range of autocollants.

A review of La Lutte Des Signes: 40 Ans d’Autocollants Politiques, by Zvonimir Novak

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The next wave of climate debate

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Paul Vernadsky

Another climate moment is upon us and Naomi Klein appears to have captured the zeitgeist again with her new book.

Klein participated in the recent New York climate demonstration, which drew over 300,000 people, alongside over two thousand solidarity events in 162 countries. She spoke to 2,000 people in London recently and her book has been sympathetically reviewed by the bourgeois press.

A review of This Changes Everything: Capitalism versus the Climate by Naomi Klein.

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A political alternative to “the one per cent”?

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Matt Cooper

The idea of “the one per cent”, the richest one per cent who take a grossly unfair share of the income and wealth in advanced capitalist society, was first popularised by the 2001 Occupy Wall Street movement. Occupy Wall Street declared, “We are the 99 per cent”. Danny Dorling seeks to build on this anger to stoke a mood for redressing that imbalance.

A review of Inequality and the 1% by Danny Dorling.

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Growing into socialism

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Cathy Nugent
Becoming a socialist in 1970's Cambridgeshire.

Many children have an acute sense of injustice, will feel righteous anger when they don’t get a “fair go” at an activity or when their opinion is dismissed by an adult. A child’s sense of injustice is egocentric but reasonable and it’s probably essential if the individual is to develop a wider sense of injustice in the world.

From as long as I can remember I had that wider view. The root of it is in my family history, and specifically my mother’s recollections of her childhood.

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Basic income and the 21st century working class

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John Cunningham

Until reading Guy Standing’s book A Precariat Charter I had not come across the term “precariat” although I understand that it has been in circulation for some time, as early as the 1950s. So what is it?

According to Standing, the precariat is “an emerging class characterised by chronic insecurity, detached from old norms of labour and the working class”. The precariat has few of the democratic rights associated with citizens and are, in fact, denizens — another word that had me reaching for the dictionary.

A review of A Precariat Charter by Guy Standing (Bloomsbury, 2014).

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Owen Jones and the Class Struggle

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Matt Cooper

According to Owen Jones Britain is dominated by an unitary elite — the Establishment. This is defined not so much by its wealth and power but by its ideology and mentality.

Acting as a united group, it promotes its interests and undermines popular democracy. Superficially this is an arresting thesis. It is, however, full of inconsistencies and gaps.

A review of The Establishment: And How They Get Away with It by Owen Jones.

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Forum & Reviews

Letters and debate, and reviews from WL38

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Drugs: serious solutions, not vigilante repression!
The debate on the Workers' Government

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Revolutionaries and victims
Roots of violence
Screen and life

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What is state-capitalism?
Yes, but what is the revolutionary party for?

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Springtime for Eva and Argentina
Blair: a suitable case for treatment?
Not yet the brackets

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