The Charitable-Industrial Complex & the perpetual poverty machine
Charitable organisations have been integrated into the broader capitalist system. Their business models are effectively no different in principle to that adopted by the likes of Apple and Amazon. Daniel Margrain questions the notion that capitalists offer the solution to the problems of society.
The Politics Of Love: Where To From Here?
There has been a resurgence of interest in love and politics. We now regularly hear the word ‘love’ in activism and political analysis. In the lead-up to the 2016 US Presidential election, for example, a Love-Driven Politics Collective was formed; and following the election of Donald Trump, Van Jones mobilised a #LoveArmy. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declared […]
The goal of propaganda is a population that polices itself
The propagandist seeks to bend the ‘group mind’. And we are seeing it being cemented in the UK right now…the idea that criticism of Israel’s persecution of Palestinians is an act of anti-Semitism. MarkGB takes a closer look into the current sharpest manifestation – the smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn.
Thrown under the bus
Renationalising Britain’s rail system is a daily debate. As many commuters feel the full force of ineffective, privatised rail companies, they’re vocal about their plight. But surprisingly, there are far more British bus users than rail commuters. And they have been neglected. A privatised bus system has meant that many are left stranded. So, we ask: Why have so many people in the UK been thrown under the bus?
Killing them softly
The social pressures for young women (and increasingly young men) to conform to certain expectations placed upon them by the media are immense. The upshot is that women today are involved in a constant psychological battle between myth and reality.
Don’t outsource your opinion
The problem with outsourcing your opinion to ‘trusted news organisations’ is that no journalist or publication is right 100% of the time. Media literacy is more important than ever – especially when once trusted news outlets have long since worn out their ‘benefit-of-the-doubt’ card.
Our prisoners’ dilemma
Crime and punishment have always been bedfellows. But what if many of the assumptions that we make around the justification of that punishment are simply false? Joining us to discuss the current state of the British prison system and what can be done to improve it, former prison monitor and criminologist Faith Spear and Dr David Scott, senior lecturer in criminology at the Open University.
Making your own way in the gig economy
It’s very easy to feel disenchanted by the new gig economy. However, anthropologist Ilana Gershon tells Renegade Inc. there are important ways workers can exploit the new economy for their own benefit.