As plans are unveiled for four more prisons in the UK – creating “up to 10,000 modern prison places by 2020” – and as the prison population, suicide in inmates, abuse, mental health problems, and rioting are all reaching record levels, surely it is time to reevaluate our methods of “serving justice”.
Appalled both by the way that our society is treating its convicted criminals, and by the silence and lack of solidarity on all sides of the political spectrum, one radical film-maker is seeking to spark debate and shed some much needed light on an issue we have all too happily turned our backs on.
Continue reading “Prison Inc: An Interview With The Maker of Injustice – A Film About Prisons and Crime In 21st Century Neoliberal UK”
Karl Marx believed that capitalism contained the seeds of its own destruction, and whilst we are yet to see whether this is true or not, it is clear that our rigid political ideologies are certainly the cause of their own downfall.
Despite its best efforts, Communism was unable to stem the rising tide of wealth, innovation, and change. Through its State-driven process, and its endless five-year plans, it attempted to plot a path with no clue as to what may be around the next corner. Capitalism survived, and thrived, because of its ability to adapt.
Charles Darwin recognised this phenomenon biologically in the natural world with animals having to adapt (evolve) in order to maintain their existence on the planet. (Note that these adaptations were random and were not driven by the animals themselves).
Politically, we must learn this biological lesson. If you stay still, you fall behind, and eventually cease to exist.
Continue reading “Evolve or Die: Which Political Ideology Can Bring Us The Future?”
When you are walking in the wrong direction, the smart thing to do would be to stop, evaluate where you are heading, and change course if necessary.
To continue walking in the wrong direction is not progress, but idiocy.
For almost half a century we have confused the two, purposefully striding down a street that leads to a destination nobody wants to reach.
Continue reading “40 Years of Failure”
KC. Bill. Caroline. Gareth. Simon.
These are the names of just five of the citizens that Brighton and Hove have lost in the recent months.
They had been calling the streets and the shop doorways their homes, but like more than 50 other homeless people in the last three years, they have been killed by the neglect of the local council and central government.
In an interview with The Argus in January of this year, Dr Tim Worthley, who works from the Brighton Homeless Healthcare centre in Morley Street, said that a “perfect storm” of cuts and rising living costs will claim even more lives.
At present, one homeless person is dying every two weeks in Brighton and Hove. These are deaths that are entirely preventable, but are continuing to occur.
Continue reading “Coffin Bearers Needed – Saturday April 16th, Brighton”
To be a true democrat, and to genuinely believe in the power of democracy, is to be an Anarchist.
Contrary to what you may have heard, Anarchy is not chaos and disorder.
If you are imagining a world at war, where people stab one another in the back in order to get ahead, where huge swathes of the population suffer and struggle, where the Earth and all its creatures are abused, where corruption is rampant, where the biggest bullies and the best liars are rewarded with the most, and where minorities are excluded and prejudice thrives, you are thinking of capitalism, not Anarchy.
Continue reading “To Be A True Democrat, You Must Be An Anarchist”