Occupy is part of a wide range of subterranean
movements that explore ways to
complement representative democracy and empower citizenship. Some citizens want
to build stronger democratic institutions: others don’t trust elected
representatives any more and promote a change that starts at a local level and
in daily life.
People across Europe are critiquing the
morality of the political and economic system. Globalisation has helped to engineer an empty democracy, with
political-economic processes depoliticised and decisions made by experts. And
what of the European dream? “Whoever
can understand it, that is ‘the movement’." A Subterranean
Politics roundtable discussion.
democracy attempts to ensure equality by embracing diversity and conflict.
Within these political structures, diversity is not a problem that needs to be
resolved: there is no narrative of uniformity, no shared identity (national or
otherwise) and no predetermined ideology.
paper of the workshop, Creating publics,
Creating democracies (seethis week's theme) explores the elusive nature of ‘the public’ in
relation to global governance and global civil society; how it is being
appropriated, invoked, silenced, and excluded in contemporary politics as well
as invested with the alternative imaginaries of a more democratic future
The people have
finally realised that the troika-imposed austerity is not working in Portugal.
In fact, the austerity packages are not working in Ireland (another good pupil
of the troika), or in Greece, or Spain, or Italy.
decision of the European Court of Human Rights to allow the extradition of
five individuals accused of terrorist offences from Britain to the
USA has been greeted with government ‘relief’. Instead, the coalition government
should stick to its undertaking to review the extradition treaty.
Now that the
legal question of Anders Breivik’s sanity has been resolved it should be
possible to focus more closely on his political motivation and the security
lessons that arise from this case. This should help inform a debate about how
best to tackle the growing problem of far right violence in Europe and the US
silence of our politicians on women’s security in public spaces is in striking
contrast to their tremendous responsiveness to the sight of brown men insulting
white women. The real problem is that in western
society women’s equality and women’s pornographization have gone hand-in-hand.
The European left should be the most committed and consistent advocate of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in order to prevent discrimination. But further than that, it should espouse a cosmopolitan politics to manage diversity in a progressive manner. And that politics is inconceivable unless the individual citizen is understood to represent its basic unit.
Think of your local
Indian, South African, Mexican or Russian investor looking for guaranteed
profits; pool them all together and you could have community of millions to
leverage for demanding transparency in the extractive industries. It would be hard for their respective
governments and companies to ignore the calls of seven million shareholders who
have investments in the firms.
the summer of 2012 I cannot find any use of the Marshall Plan as an analogy
for understanding and resolving the eurozone sovereign debt crisis. The
Marshall Plan had at its centre a massive sovereign debt relief programme that
was particularly propitious for the new West Germany.
The exasperation of the domestic public has placed significant pressure on Greek politicians to put a halt to treating elite corruption with impunity. Unfortunately this has been pressure which they have proved overwhelmingly able to resist, notwithstanding the indictment of a former Minister of Defence in 2012. As a result the blame has fallen elsewhere
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"As students of politics is it is vital to study the power of imagination."
-Professor Charles Tripp, SOAS