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About Jonathan Moses

Jonathan Moses is a political activist and teacher of English Literature, History and Sociology in Kent. He is starting an MA in Architectural History next year at UCL (Bartlett School of Architecture). 

Articles by Jonathan Moses

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Why we should all be alarmed about our new university 'businesses' and their enforcers

As has become clear, the universities are colluding with police and even the unions to clamp down on student protest and workers' demands. There is a common strand that links these elements, and the overall picture is deeply alarming.

Byron, Brewdog, and the recuperation of radical aesthetics

'Dirty Burger' rebellion versus the experience and traditions of genuine anti-capitalist space. This week's Friday Essay.

Who killed Ian Tomlinson? A rogue cop? Or Britain and her culture of policing dissent?

Ian Tomlinson's death was not an isolated incident but symptomatic of an endemic culture of violence in the policing of protest in Britain. Yesterday's verdict that PC Simon Harwood was not guilty will only bolster the impunity of the Territorial Support Group and an atmosphere in which protesters are unquestioningly viewed as legitimate targets by the police and media.

The city we built and they stole

David Harvey's recent book Rebel Cities explores the potential for Marxist theory to go beyond the workplace and find a new formulation around communal urban experience. Though packaged in a sometimes muddled critique, Jonathan Moses finds Harvey's call powerful and timely. 

In defence of Black Bloc

The state, with its monopoly on the legitimate use of violence, can afford to be idiotic in its analysis of the black bloc, denouncing their actions on March 26th as "mindless violence". But the clamouring within the anti-cuts movement to disown this element violates the basic principles of solidarity.

Dealing with dissent - The view from the authorities

How is dissent understood in the UK by those tasked with its “facilitation”? Several sources have emerged in the last month which give an indication of the contradictory environment in which public order policing is evolving.

Postmodernism in the Streets: the tactics of protest are changing

Three things were revealed by the recent wave of nationwide student protest. Firstly, the demonstrations represent a new political mood, that can manifest itself in excess and formless anger. Secondly, they cannot go on as unwieldy, monolithic marches. Thirdly, a new infrastructure is proving capable of rapidly mobilising disparate, localised groups in a way that can give form to the emergent appetite for direct action.
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