Last week the Italian precariat took a step beyond primitive
rebellion and began to constitute itself as a politics. As its arguments take
shape those involved must work to engage with communities outside of
the activist world.
For as long as I can remember I've been wrestling with a deep and personal resentment of Britain. As a new emigrant with no immediate plans to return to the UK the Scottish referendum has got me sick with hope. I'm paralysed, mad with the weighty question: "who am I without Britain?"
Earlier this summer activists in Rome won the right to self-manage a vast lake in the city’s capital, effectively expropriating a private company from prime real estate. From marches and public debates to concerts and open dinners their campaign is an inspiring example of a rebel city at work.
Unemployed, part-time, underpaid, zero-houred, redundant. An increasing
proportion of Europeans live uncertain lives, battling against poverty and
seething with anger at the political elite. If this precarious class is to
avoid the siren song of right wing populisms, it must confront its own
divisions and work to build a democratic conversation across national borders.
The Five Star Movement owes much of its success to Beppe Grillo's ahistorical populism. This tactic, though, is unsustainable. As anarchist and fascist groups re-stage old conflicts the movement must situate itself more explicitly or face an imminent split.
Rascal’s new music video is a thinly veiled defence of a failing British state.
As new forms of solidarity emerge between students and workers, this anxious
portrayal of the street raises real questions about the violence of the
constitutional settlement. Universities are at the frontline of
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".
concluding piece of the re-birth of the nation series, the editor asks
what these articles tell us about the left’s troubled relationship with ‘the
nation’. How might these arguments inform efforts to develop a thinking
In 1977 the autonomist collective A/Traverso were violently arrested
by the Italian state. While the majority of their literature was lost or
destroyed, fragments remain that provide vital context to democratic struggles
in Europe today.
In the frantic search to find an agreed name for emerging forms of collective
agency, ‘the nation’ is frequently presented as an outdated inconvenience. This
hasty generalisation fails to acknowledge the term’s continuing role in
propping-up ‘invisible’ forms of state domination and, more importantly, its potential
function as part of a critical biopolitics.
Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement has often been
called a shake-up for Italian politics. But what if 'M5S' really obeyed an
established paradigm that is far from the revolutionary ideas it claims to
The ‘death of the nation’ is a fallacy. As austerity erodes national sovereignty, the logic of globalization is experiencing a backlash, with new publics being forged and old identities renewed. Today OurKingdom launches a new series to explore this re-birth, introduced here by its editor.
Daniel Trilling, author of the new book Bloody Nasty People, talks to Jamie Mackay about the prevailing
myths surrounding the far right in Britain, the demographic of its leadership and support, and the forms of resentment that such movements cultivate at their core.
When the BBC fixates on a narrow literary canon, and presents classic novels in straightforward adaptations, it wastes its own potential. Why not follow up Radio 4's extraordinary and unusual 'Bloomsday' celebration to use fiction as a creative springboard to a radical new kind of broadcasting?
Over 16,000 aerial photographs capturing history dating from near the beginning of the last century were made freely available last week as part of the project 'Britain from Above'. Jamie Mackay explains how these images of our collective past can inspire discussions on the long-term fate of our shared spaces.
One of the BBC's most lauded strengths is its ability to tailor programming for its audiences' special interests. The future DG should attempt to harness the ethos of this diverse and high quality output with a view to rebuilding the institution's democratic vision.
The arrival of the ‘Great British Summer’ has been marked by relentless propagandising and shocking displays of military hardware. But what is at stake is more than mere inconvenience - these official procedures pose a real challenge to public space, voice and identity across the UK.
The UK's media and universities have for too long fostered a destructive antagonism. But in a context in which both institutions are facing vast structural changes, establishing a more productive co-operation is urgently needed to prevent these vital democratic bodies becoming mere instruments of capital.
The highly acclaimed return of Mad Men to British TV brings the ethics of advertising back into the cultural foreground. Much of the humour in the series relies on the gullability of consumers in the 1950s. But, with advertising companies now attempting to reformulate the causes and nature of the current financial crisis we continue to run the risk of being duped.