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Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism

AFTER NEOLIBERALISM? THE KILBURN MANIFESTO

Marx Memorial Library

37a Clerkenwell Green

London EC1R 0DU

Coming up on Thursday 20 February, we have our fifth seminar of the series: “Is young the new poor? Class and generation under neoliberalism” to discuss the chapter written by Soundings co-editor Ben Little on the role of generational politics emerging as a response to the material effects of neoliberalism on the lives of young people.

Ben will present his manifesto chapter “A growing discontent: class and generation under neoliberalism”, with responses from Shiv Malik (co-author Jilted Generation) and Mevan Babakar (Head of Digital, Bite the Ballot). The seminar will be chaired by Doreen Massey (Emeritus Professor of Geography at the Open University and founding editor of Soundings).

Tickets for this seminar are available online and cost £5 / £3 (concessions) / free (Soundings subscribers). Previous chapters of the Kilburn Manifesto, as well as the Manifesto framing statement are all available for download for free from the Lawrence & Wishart website.

The success of our previous seminars have been due to the quality of the discussions – both from the panelists and the audience. We hope you will join us again to make the future ones similarly engaging.

Yours
Becky and the rest of the Soundings team

 

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Bonuses for Some

THE COALITION SPENDING REVIEW AND LABOUR’S ALTERNATIVE

PUBLIC MEETING: The Coalition Spending Review and Labour’s Alternative

7-9pm Thursday 21 October
House of Commons, Committee Room 14, St. Stephen’s entrance.

Jon Cruddas MP, Frances O’Grady (Deputy General Secretary of the TUC), Polly Toynbee (The Guardian), Larry Elliott (The Guardian), Chair Aditya Chakrabortty (The Guardian)

Places are limited. Please register by emailing newpolecon@googlemail.com
Organised by the New Political Economy Network, Soundings and Compass, in association with The Guardian

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Economic Crisis

BRITAIN’S BROKEN ECONOMY – AND HOW TO MEND IT

The New Political Economy Network

FREE TO DOWNLOAD

There is no cast-iron law that states that crises of capitalism end in victories for the left – and certainly not in Britain. And yet this is not a Conservative moment – it is clear that the Coalition has no viable plan for rebuilding the economy. The problem is that Labour does not have one either. The task for Labour now is to come up with a vision of a moral economy based on decent jobs, good homes, stable pensions and fair finance. This e-book is the story of how Labour might begin to do this.

Foreword by Larry Elliott
Afterword by Jon Cruddas MP

The following contributed to the e-book:
Aditya Chakrabortty, Tom Clark, Ismail Eturk, Julie Froud, Sukhdev Johal, Stewart Lansley, Adam Leaver, Toby Lloyd, Mick Moran, Richard Murphy, Howard Reed, Jonathan Rutherford, Duncan Weldon, Karel Williams

Published by Soundings and supported by The Guardian and the Barry Amiel Norman Melburn Trust

Details at: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/ebooks/BritainsBrokenEconomy.pdf

For more information on Soundings visit our website

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A World To Win

SOUNDINGS 45

Soundings 45 is now out

Although the cuts are coming, there has been an eerie political calm and sense of inevitability about all that is in store for us (carefully nurtured by the Coalition and their allies in the media). But the storm will break – people are going to start seriously suffering and we need to ensure that there is a political battle against the assault planned by the government. Can Labour lead this battle?

CONTENTS

The political struggle ahead
Doreen Massey

Labour in a time of coalition
Sally Davison, Stuart Hall, Michael Rustin, Jonathan Rutherford

What comes after New Labour?
Gerry Hassan

The SNP and the ‘new politics’
Richard Thompson

Rebuilding social democracy
George Irvin

Greek myths
Duncan Weldon

Money manager capitalism and the global financial crisis
L. Randall Wray

Carbon trading: how it works and why it fails
Oscar Reyes and Tamra Gilbertson

Why I am a socialist
Ruth Levitas

Smile till it hurts
Laurie Penny

Lives on the line
Vron Ware

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Lost

LABOUR’S FUTURE

Labour’s Future
Edited by Jonathan Rutherford and Alan Lockey
© Soundings 2010

CONTRIBUTORS: Philip Collins, Sally Davison, Jeremy Gilbert, Stuart Hall, David Lammy, Neal Lawson, Doreen Massey, Anthony Painter, James Purnell, Michael Rustin, Jonathan Rutherford, Marc Stears, Allegra Stratton, Heather Wakefield, Stuart White

http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/ebooks/laboursfuture.html

In May, Soundings and the Open Left project at Demos organised a seminar with Jon Cruddas and David Miliband. The aim was to explore both differences and common ground, and the prospects for cross-party political renewal.

This e-book offers a series of short essays from participants that we hope broadly reflects the debate, and offers some of the groundwork for developing a wider discussion about Labour’s future.

Published jointly by Soundings and Open Left at Demos

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ONLINE DEBATE ON THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL DEMOCRACY IN EUROPE

 

Online debate on the future of social democracy in Europe

Dear All

The text below was written by Jonathan Rutherford, of the journal Soundings.

People are invited to:-

”Contribute to a major online debate about the future of social democracy in Europe. The debate is hosted by Social Europe journal http://www.social-europe.eu and Soundings journal http://www.soundings.org.uk and is supported by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung http://www.feslondon.org.uk and Compass http://www.compassonline.org.uk

Contributions should be no more than 700 words in length. The debate is running from November to January 2010 with over 50 contributors to date from across Europe.

If anyone would like to contribute, can they contact Jonathan Rutherford at: jonathan@jrutherford.demon.co.uk and I will send them further information and a deadline.

The poor results in the European elections in June were proof that we need to revive and reinvent our traditions. Since then the elections in Germany have delivered a terrible result for the SPD and in Britain the Labour Party faces a very difficult future. Change is essential. But what kind of change?

In April 2009 Andrea Nahles of the SPD in Germany and Jon Cruddas of the British Labour Party jointly published a document ‘Building the Good Society’ http://www.goodsociety.eu which was launched in London and Berlin. It brought together social democrats from Germany and Britain to discuss a new direction for social democracy in Europe. The next stage is to use this exploratory text to build a pan-European network of social democrats who are looking ahead to build the good society.

Contributors are asked to critically engage with the text and to use their expertise and knowledge to explore the key issues facing us today, both from the perspective of their own nation and from a wider European view.

The aim of ‘Building the Good Society’ is to help create an European wide conversation about the future of social democracy. This debate will contribute to a conference organised by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Compass which will be held in London in January 2010. It will bring together politicians of the left from across Europe.

Best wishes, Jonathan Rutherford

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Credit Crunch

Credit Crunch

SOUNDINGS CREDIT CRUNCH SEMINAR

 

We have just put online several of the papers from our May 2009 Soundings seminar (co-organised with the OU) on the credit crunch. Contributors are:

John Clarke, John Harris, Neal Lawson, Gavin Poynter, John Urry, Michael Rustin, Sylvia Walby

To read contributions go to http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/ReadingRoom/public/creditcrunch.html

For information on Soundings 42, The killing fields of inequality, go to http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/soundings/current.html

To subscribe to Soundings for only £20 – by standing order only – download the standing order form at http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/standingorder.html

You can send the form in to the freepost address shown at the bottom of the form – no stamp is needed.

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POLITICS AFTER THE CRASH – FINAL PROGRAMME 

POLITICS AFTER THE CRASH (SOUNDINGS SUMMER SEMINAR)
As the political fault lines of a new era take shape, what will be the defining politics of the next decade? In the wake of an era of social dislocation and rapid change one response will be a search for belonging and cultural familiarity in face of the destruction of old ways of life; and, as we saw on 4 June, this may find expression in support for a politics of xenophobia. A new political culture will need to speak about a sense of home, place and belonging that can give security, meaning and value to people. The way people value these, and their reaction to threats against them, will shape the post-crash political landscape.

Registration: £25 (includes an excellent lunch).

To reserve a place, go to:  http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/events/seminar5.html
Or send a cheque payable to ‘Soundings’ to 99a Wallis Road, London ER9 5LN.

TIMETABLE

10.30-11.45 Session 1: Thinking global, Paul Mason and Doreen Massey 

12pm-1pm Session 2: Class, culture and belonging in an insecure world, Lynsey Hanley, Ben Rogaly and Becky Taylor

2pm-3pm Workshop 1: The end of labourism and the BNP, Andrew Pearmain; Workshop 2: Gangs, territory and class, Ejos Ubiribo

3.30-4.30pm Closing session: In search of a new politics, Mike Kenny, Leanne Woods

10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 20 June 2009
120 Belsize Lane, London NW3
(nearest tube stations Belsize Park and Finchley Road)

For more information on Soundings go to: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/soundings/contents.html

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POLITICS AFTER THE CRASH

FIFTH SOUNDINGS EVENT: POLITICS AFTER THE CRASH
10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 20 June 2009
120 Belsize Lane, London NW3

(nearest tube stations Belsize Park and Finchley Road)
Speakers include LYNSEY HANLEY, MIKE KENNY (TBC), PAUL MASON, DOREEN MASSEY (TBC), JONATHAN RUTHERFORD, LEANNE WOOD,

As the political fault lines of a new era take shape, what will be the defining politics of the next decade?

In the wake of an era of social dislocation and rapid change one response will be a popular search for belonging and cultural familiarity. Our discussion will explore the popular reactions to the social fragmentation, inequalities and cultural destruction of ways of life that have resulted from the decades of economic restructuring as well as from the recession. This is already evident in the rise of the BNP in certain areas, and the alienation of younger generations from electoral politics. A new political culture will need to articulate the social goods that give security, meaning and value to people: home, family, friendships, good work, locality and imaginary communities of belonging. The way people give priority to these, and the reaction to the threats against them, will shape the post-crash political landscape.

Registration: £25 (includes an excellent lunch).

To reserve a place, go to:  http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/events/seminar5.html
Or send a cheque payable to ‘Soundings’ to FREEPOST, LON 176, London, E9 5BR (no stamp is needed).

Places are limited so early booking is advisable.

TIMETABLE
10.30 – 11.45 Plenary 1: How the forces of global capital have been shaping people’s lives and livelihoods, with Paul Mason and Doreen Massey (tbc)

12pm to 1pm Plenary 2: Culture and belonging in an insecure world
Lynsey Hanley, further speaker tbc

1pm – 2pm lunch

2pm – 3pm
Workshop 1: The appeal of the BNP and how to counter it (speaker tbc)
Workshop 2: Gangs, territory and class (speaker tbc)

3.30 – 4.30pm Closing Plenary: political and policy engagement for a new socialism
Mike Kenny (IPPR) (tbc)
Leanne Woods (Plaid Cymru MWA)
Jonathan Rutherford

For more information on Soundings go to: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/soundings/contents.html

 

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Recession Blues

 

CLICK HERE TO BUY A COPY OF THE SPECIAL ISSUE OF ‘SOUNDINGS’ AT THE SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE OF £5: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/soundings/current.html

CONTENTS:
ADAM LEAVER on private equity
TOBY LLOYD on the housing disaster
CARLOTA PEREZ on financial bubbles
KATE CRAWFORD on adulthood
ZYGMUNT BAUMAN on life on credit
RICHARD MURPHY on tax justice
JULIE FROUD on city pay
TOBY DODGE on Iraq’s new ruling elite
ANTHONY JACKSON and EVE MITCHELL on food sovereignty
HEATHER NUNN and ANITA BIRESSI on the undeserving poor
STEPHEN AMIEL, JOHN LAUNER on general practice

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