Readings: General

The readings on this page are listed under these category headings:
Housing / Land & Food / Mutual Aid / Science & Technology / Social Science / Surveillance / The state
Within each category, the most recently published reading will be at the top. It’s expected that more categories will be added.

HOUSING

Who the heck benefits from housing redevelopment? – Piero Corcillo | Focus E15 Campaign | March 6, 2021
Thank you to Piero Corcillo for this guest blog post based on his research on the housing developments that were built on land cleared for the hosting of the Olympic games in 2012. Piero kindly spoke about this research to a public meeting to Focus E15 campaigners at the end of last year. The knowledge that we gained from the facts in his talk has further empowered us and shows that the fight for the Carpenters Estate to be even more urgent.

GENDER IDENTITY

The Curious Case of Marion Millar Lily Maynard | June 5, 2021
Marion Millar is Scottish, a feminist and a working mum. On 28th April 2021 she received a phone call out of the blue, from a police officer who told her she would need to attend her local police station to be interviewed under the Malicious Communications Act (MCA). When Marion told her she had small children to care for (she has autistic twins) she was informed that social services would look after them while she was interviewed. Millar was understandably both horrified and intimidated by this news.

GENTRIFICATION / COLONISATION

The Gender Identity Industry, Transhumanism and Posthumanism Jennifer Bilek | The 11th Hour | February 21, 2021
People who understand the oppressive structure of corporate capitalism, who’ve been fighting its colonizing ravages at myriad fronts for the past two generations, are turning a blind eye to world governments, multi-national corporations, Big Banks, Big Tech and Big Pharma investments in the narrative of “wrong heads in wrong bodies” and the idea that men can be women. Likewise, no one is asking why they are investing in changing our language and our laws, disappearing women’s rights, supporting the drugging and mutilation of children and why the largest international law firm in the world is invested in the legal construction of “transgender children.”

The Battle For Brick Lane Taj Ali | Triubune | April 23, 2021
From the Battle of Cable Street to the Bengali squatters movement, Brick Lane has a rich and proud history of political activism. Today that struggle continues, with the local community campaigning against ongoing gentrification. Clothed in the language of redevelopment, developments will price out the local working-class community and erase Brick Lane’s unique heritage.

LAND & FOOD

Bill Gates’ plans to remake food systems will harm the climate Stacy Malkan | U.S. Right To Know | February 25, 2021
Hundreds of civil society groups are protesting the Gates Foundation’s agricultural strategies and its influence over the upcoming UN World Food Summit. Insiders say this leadership is threatening to derail meaningful efforts to transform the food system, at a crucial moment when much of sub-Saharan Africa is reeling from multiple shocks and a growing hunger crisis due to pandemic and climate change conditions.

The Ancient Roots of Trespass – Tom Banbury | Tribune | January 28, 2021
A number of different meanings have accumulated around the idea of ‘trespass’. In a religious sense, we see it rendered alternately as ‘sin’ and ‘debt’. In law, any action contrary to the civil code is technically trespassing. But in its most basic sense, all it means is ‘to walk across’, from the Latin trans and passus: think ‘to pass through’. It shares this etymology with the related term ‘transgress’, which started out equally innocently as ‘to move across’. Compare ‘progress’ or ‘ingress’.

A History of Landlords: Rent & the Feudal Origins of a Non-Working Class – John Laurits | September 26, 2018
Long before the blossoming of modern technology and the dawn of the industrial era, humanity occupied only a fraction of the lands it does today. Between the hubs of ancient commerce, an immense wilderness existed that (legally speaking) was the property of no one and even land that had already been settled was likely to be managed communally.

MEDIA

The ugly truth about the Guardian – James Heartfield | Spiked | May 5, 2021
Guardian editor Katharine Viner celebrates the bicentennial of her paper today with claims that it is the newspaper of Britain’s liberal conscience. Nothing could be further from the truth. The origin myth circulated from its King’s Place headquarters is that the Guardian began as a part of the democratic resurgence following the slaughter of suffrage protesters at St Peter’s Fields, in Manchester, in 1819. The Manchester Guardian did begin to take advantage of the changes wrought by what came to be known as the Peterloo Massacre, but not in the way that the current editor claims.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

The technocene and the normalisation of bodily dissociation TheQuieterOne | Final hour Substack | May 16, 2021
It will take a smarter person than me to fully articulate what’s going on here. Obviously, right at the heart of it, there’s greed driving it, but there’s also a cultural connection here that I haven’t yet seen explored elsewhere. That the woke generation have been weaponised by corporate power is not a new thought. The same generation is being used to normalise the mutilation of children and simultaneously to demand censorship with a fundamentalist religious fervour to obscure the fact that the same profiteering entities are carrying out a global genetic engineering experiment. Is that a connection that others have meditated on?

In 1995, a WIRED cofounder challenged a Luddite-loving doomsayer to a prescient wager on tech and civilization’s fate. Now their judge weighs in – Steven Levey | Wired | January 5, 2021
On March 6, 1995, WIRED’s executive editor and resident techno-optimist Kevin Kelly went to the Greenwich Village apartment of the author Kirkpatrick Sale. Kelly had asked Sale for an interview. But he planned an ambush. Kelly had just read an early copy of Sale’s upcoming book, called Rebels Against the Future. It told the story of the 19th-century Luddites, a movement of workers opposed to the machinery of the Industrial Revolution. Before their rebellion was squashed and their leaders hanged, they literally destroyed some of the mechanized looms that they believed reduced them to cogs in a dehumanizing engine of mass production.

Can medicine be cured? CUH consultant on the corruption of a profession – Prof. Seamus O’Mahony | Irish Examiner | April 3, 2019
Despite its global dominance, this medical-industrial complex has given us meagre, feeble comforts at vast expense. Its chief concern is its own survival and continued dominance, and its ethos is a betrayal of the scientific ideals of the golden age. It has been estimated that as much as 85% of medical research is useless.

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Basildon – the mood of the nation – Dennis Hayes, Alan Hudson | Demos | 1997
Throughout the 1980s, Basildon’s reputation hardened as a laboratory of the Thatcher revolution. In 1992 the pundits started to ask whether Labour could ever hope to win over such places, proselytisers for the property-owning democracy, the classless society and freedom from the Nanny State.

SURVEILLANCE

The complicated truth about China’s social credit system – Nicole Kobie | Wired | June 7, 2019
China’s social credit system has been compared to Black Mirror, Big Brother and every other dystopian future sci-fi writers can think up. The reality is more complicated — and in some ways, worse. The idea for social credit came about back in 2007, with projects announced by the government as an opt-in system in 2014. But there’s a difference between the official government system and private, corporate versions, though the latter’s scoring system that includes shopping habits and friendships is often conflated with the former.

THE STATE

The Notorious London Spy School Churning Out Many of the World’s Top Journalists Alan Macleod | MPN News | June 4, 2021
In a previous investigation, MintPress News explored how one university department, the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, functions as a school for spooks. Its teaching posts are filled with current or former NATO officials, army officers and intelligence operatives to churn out the next generation of spies and intelligence officers. However, we can now reveal an even more troubling product the department produces: journalists.