The Virtual in Decline

With the advent of new technologies such as facebook and twitter, it seems the days of the internet forum are numbered, just as the usergroups of the early- to mid-’90s are now long forgotten. What we have gained is easy to see: as the virtual world comes to mirror the real world (or rather, as […]

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Tony Blair Must be Charged with War Crimes

I will always remember where I was when I heard that Britain and America had invaded Iraq. I was eighteen years old, sitting in the car, on my way to school. And I will always remember how I felt that day. I felt betrayed, disillusioned, disheartened that all the might we had mobilised in the […]

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An Interview with Ken Livingstone

A Progressive Agenda to Stop the Right in 2012 Saturday 30th January 10am-5pm Congress House, Great Russell Street, WC1H www.progressivelondon.org.uk/conference/progressive-london-conference-2010.html An Interview with Ken Livingstone They say never meet your heroes. You’re only ever gonna be disappointed. And having had some bad experiences in the past – a particularly awkward conversation with a very reluctant […]

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Howard Zinn RIP

The radical historian, author of A People’s History of the United States, and documenter of some of the most important radical struggles in American history died yesterday aged 87. Zinn was active in the civil rights movement, the anti-Vietnam war movement and organising amongst academic staff. He was responsible for upholding the memory of a […]

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The Economy: A Natural Disaster?

Guest post by Richard. B On Monday the New Economics Foundation, a trendy lefty think tank with a penchant for all things green, released a report titled ‘Growth Isn’t Possible: Why We Needs a New Economic Direction’. Building on previous reports on how to transition to a sustainable economy, this report fills out the ‘why’ […]

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It’s not America, stupid

Brace yourself for new outbursts of stupid and depoliticised anti-Americanism. Lord Goldsmith has told the enquiry that some of George Bush’s guys helped change his mind over the legality of the Iraq war. To be fair to the man, he was in a difficult position. He had to explain his apparent u turn on Iraq’s […]

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Les Couture Police

With all the furore about a French parliamentary committee recommending a ban on Muslim women wearing Islamic face veils in public, I thought it was a good time to bring up France’s long-standing history of banning items of clothing… Historically religion isn’t the only area to fall victim to the fashion police in France, sartorial […]

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Reuben Rants No 1: Fast Food, freedom and “think of the kids”

Ok so I have just made what I hope will be the first in a series of Third Estate video blogs. I hope you enjoy .

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‘Soft Subjects’ and Social Mobility

I have a confession to make. In my youth I made some rash decisions, fell in with a bad crowd…and ended up taking GCSE Media Studies. It wasn’t entirely my fault – I was to some extent pushed into it by the limited options open to me when picking subjects – but ultimately I have […]

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Facepalm of the Week

Rod Liddle: “It’s fucking outrageous that you can’t smoke in Auschwitz. I had to sneak round the back of the gas chambers for a crafty snout. Also, I wasn’t convinced by the newish Auschwitz Burger Bar and Grill.” Captain Jean-Luc Picard: www.salmanshaheen.com

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