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Radical Philosophy 174, July/August 2012 OUT NOW



Peter Nyers, Moving Borders: The Politics of Dirt

Ackbar Abbas, Adorno and the Weather

Peter Osborne, Disguised as a Dog: Cynical Occupy?

Andrew McGettigan, The Privatization of Higher Education

Nicholas Ray, Jean Laplanche, 1924-2012

Nina Power and Erica Lagalisse on the Right to Protest



Matthew Charles on Benjamin’s Early Writings

Todd Cronan on Adorno and Horkheimer’s Towards a New Manifesto

Tom Bunyard on Stiegler’s The Decadeence of Industrial Democracies

James Ingram on Abensour’s Democracy Against the State

Jessica Schmidt on Posthuman International Relations

Christine Battersby on Alison Stone’s Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Maternal Subjectivity

Tamkin Hussain on Malabou’s Changing Difference

Douglas Spencer on The Political Unconscious of Architecture

Samantha Frost on Howie’s Between Feminism and Materialism

David Winters on Woessner’s Heidegger in America

Martijn Boven on Chris Danta’s Literature Suspends Death


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Student Rebellion


Students at London Metropolitan University are occupying the Graduate Centre in opposition to the proposed closure of almost two thirds of the university.

The cuts at London Met are of an absolutely devastating scale and demand a response from across our movement. We encourage everyone to rush messages of support to and to send representatives to the teach-in on Saturday:

We AreLondonMet – Education not Privatisation

Saturday May 7th, 10am-4pm

Graduate Centre, London Met University, Holloway Road

Followed by social in the Rocket Bar, to celebrate the winning the London Living Wage for all workers at London Met.

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Ian Tomlinson Verdict Vindicates Protestors

The jury at the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson has now found that he was unlawfully killed at the G20 protests, opening the door towards the possible prosecution of a police officer. Tomlinson’s death has exposed the violent and political way in which protests are often policed, and the subsequent lack of accountability on the part of the police stands in stark contrast to the harsh sentences often handed out to protestors. 

After the violent police tactics on the student demonstrations, the charging of Alfie Meadows and others, and the mass arrests of Fortnum & Mason occupiers, we need to remind the police that protesting against the government’s attacks on our education is not a crime.

Emergency Open Meeting – Stand Up To These Attacks On Our Right To Protest

Thursday 5 May, 6:30pm

Friends Meeting House,173 Euston Road,LondonNW1 2BJ

With some introductions by

ALFIE MEADOWS – arrested protester




LAURIE PENNY – Journalist


JIM WOLFREYS -LondonRegion UCU/Education Activist Network


Demonstration and press conference at the Fortnum & Mason hearing

Monday 9 May

9am demo followed by 9:30am press conference

City ofWestminsterMagistrates Court,70 Horseferry Road

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Right to Protest


Protest outside the hearing of Fortnum & Mason occupiers.

On 26 March, around 140 people were arrested and detained for taking part in the occupation of Fortnum & Mason to highlight tax avoidance. Their protest was peaceful, as documented by eyewitness reports and video footage. They were told by police that they were free to leave – but as soon as the protestors left the building they were arrested. The occupiers now face charges of aggravated trespass and the possibility of a prison sentence.

The Fortnum and Mason arrests are part of a much wider project that threatens the right to protest. The student demonstrations of November and December were regularly kettled and charged by mounted officers or uniformed thugs wielding batons and shields. Tahmeena Bax and Alfie Meadows were peaceful protestors hospitalised by police. Alfie now faces charges of violent disorder – unlike the officers responsible for the brain haemorrhage that nearly killed him.

Faced with unprecedented cuts that threaten to decimate the welfare state, now more than ever we must defend and assert our right to protest. On Monday 9 May join us outside the first of the Fortnum & Mason hearing to defend the protestors facing charges and to remind the government and the police that we can and will exercise our protest without fear of arrest or intimidation.

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Sussex University – where lecturers have recently balloted to strike with a record-breaking turnout – has been the scene of a growing student movement against cuts. Now management have decided to clamp down. In shocking scenes this Wednesday, they brought in riot police with dogs and tazers to attack a student protest.

They have since suspended at least 6 students, bypassing normal disciplinary procedures and barring them from campus until further notice, and taken out a high court injunction outlawing unauthorised protests on university property.

This is an outrageous attack on the right to protest. It is also an attempt to intimidate students and lecturers across the country out of taking action against the government’s education cuts. Our movement can only win if it is united, and if we do not stand behind the Sussex students we set ourselves up for being picked off one by one.

Hundreds of Sussex students have already demonstrated against this clampdown on Friday. Now, we must go back to that fundamental slogan “an injury to one is an injury to all”.  The Defend Sussex Campaign blog features an online petition in defence of the arrested and suspended students. Please sign it and circulate widely. 

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