Class remains by nature vague and ill-defined, one of society's necessary mythologies. Class is defined not by a lowly start, nor money nor region, but ultimately as attitude, confidence and absorbed rather than learned values.
The UK Immigration Bill has no clear targets: it gives ordinary individuals
the power to decide. Will we use an accurate legal definition, or act on what we
read in the papers and hear from the Home Secretary herself? Asks Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi
Nick Pearce argues for social democrats to revisit their fundamental values, drawing on the intellectual resources of relational egalitarian, realist and republican thinking to chart a new course for their egalitarian ambitions.
As wages stall or decline new methods must be found of creating a fair and democratic economy. Key to this must be a shift from redistributing income to redistributing assets - this is the big question the left should be addressing, and there's plenty of ideas out there.
The justifications for indiscriminant mass surveillance are becoming increasingly absurd. False calls to patriotism and unwavering professionalism are entirely at odds with known reality - let's recall some facts.
In current protest culture the estranged ideologies of
anarchism and progressive populism are coming together around a critique of the
and a new imaginary of mass insurgency.
Anonymous yesterday organised a simultaneous protest around the world against the revelations of mass surveillance by our own governments. Ignored by the media, this was an important event: "the beginning is near".
The idea that governments
should invest some of their wealth for public benefit has moved from utopian dream to part-reality with the
advent of Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs). But are these SWFs really democratic entities?
Britain's collusion in the Sri Lankan state's violent tactics of repression is finally coming to light. But it's only one part of its long history aiding police brutality across many former colonies - and much more remains unknown.