petej + tactics   73

Labour’s Brexit Policy |
To sum up – I started with three simple rival ‘narratives’ of Labour’s underlying position on Brexit. I’ve articulated my own interpretation of Labour’s position, which implies that all of these narratives have something to them. In my view, Labour’s preferred Brexit outcome involves significant breaks with existing EU governance rules. The leadership wants those breaks to be in the area of neoliberal constraints on socialist policy-making; much of the PLP wants those breaks to be in the area of freedom of movement. In a scenario where Labour is in government without the Brexit deal having been concluded, those two categories of negotiating priority will be in tension. Nevertheless, the tension between those two categories of negotiating priority is (I would argue) not as fundamental as the tension between some of the Conservatives’ commitments. Moreover, unlike the Conservatives, Labour have been quite careful not to articulate any commitments that cannot be backed down from towards greater compatibility with existing EU rules. Thus in a scenario in which Labour were negotiating with the EU, I would expect Labour to make an effort to achieve a set of concessions around EU rules, and if those concessions could not be achieved, to capitulate in the direction of a more liberal existing-EU-institutions-aligned position.
UK  EU  Brexit  politics  LabourParty  Remain  Leave  trade  economy  Bennism  Euroscepticism  immigration  borders  freedomOfMovement  customsUnion  singleMarket  ambiguity  tactics  flexibility  ToryParty  redLines  negotiations  strategy 
9 weeks ago by petej
From Mother Jones to Middlebury: The Problem and Promise of Political Violence in Trump’s America | Foreign Policy
If unsanctioned violence is the product of intolerable pressure, does sanctioned violence deserve to even share a name with it? There is no identifiable pressure behind nor any clear prohibition in the way of the sanctioned violence that constitutes the vast majority of the world’s political violence and which is itself the very cause of grinding pressure in individual lives. Anarchists burn limos because limo owners burn the planet. The miners strike because the company robs and breaks them. The streets of Ferguson explode because the city of Ferguson loots and kills the streets.

What is so terribly difficult to understand about the clutched pearls of our present day is how readily those most eager to condemn the incivility of burning cars and punches overlook the most basic fact about their home. This is America. We do not resolve our disagreements with debate here; we do not respect all views, settle differences at the ballot box, and live calm and dutiful in civil peace except when we are interrupted by callous and unjustifiable outbursts of violence. The continent was cleared by guns and smallpox, the nation built up by the whip. A police baton and a jail cell prop up our civil life, and this is not simply a matter of who struck first. Political violence is a violation of our status quo, even one indulged by “both sides” of some political struggle. It is the essential mechanism. We have been examining what we took to be a feature of the landscape but instead discovered a foundation, deep and essential to the stone.
USA  politics  protest  violence  BlairMountain  miners  history  exploitation  ethics  morality  tactics  Ferguson  WilsonDarren  BlackLivesMatter  ZimmermanGeorge  RoofDylann  lynching  dctagged  dc:creator=RensinEmmett 
march 2017 by petej
Patrick Cockburn · Why join Islamic State? · LRB 2 July 2015
"'We all fight as a reaction to the tyranny and injustice we had known before. Islamic State is the best option for oppressed people in the Middle East.'"
ISIS  IslamicState  Syria  Iraq  war  Kurds  ethnicity  Sunni  military  tactics  MiddleEast  politics  dctagged  dc:creator=CockburnPatrick  LRB 
june 2015 by petej
Scenes Resembling Civil War – The New Inquiry
Their commitment to militancy at all costs reduced their political position to mere escalation, which never coalesced into a strategy for dual power or even revolution. The Autonomous Theses of 1981 said it explicitly,” we want to dismantle and destroy—to formulate affirmative ideals is not our priority.” Without any overarching goal or ideal, their identity became a macho fixation: fighting the police, distrusting outsiders and eschewing tactics perceived as weak or legitimate. The authorities, for their part, developed their own tactics (kettling for example), and by 1989, clashes between riot cops and Autonomen approached the level of choreography. In Fire and Flames, there is clear criticism on this point, “militancy had always defined the Autonomous movement, but particularly after the Startbahn began operating in 1984, it often turned into mere ritual and increasingly into individual gesture.”
Germany  protest  Autonomen  blackBloc  miltancy  tactics 
january 2013 by petej

related tags

activism  Afghanistan  airstrikes  al-Qaeda  Aleppo  ambiguity  amendments  anarchism  Ankara  anonymity  anti-cuts  anti-fascism  anti-globalisation  antifa  Arctic  Arctic30  ArcticSunrise  Article50  Assad  attack  austerity  authoritarianism  Autonomen  autonomism  backstop  BanksArron  Beirut  Benghazi  BennHilary  Bennism  BernsteinEdouard  blackBloc  BlackLivesMatter  Blairism  BlairMountain  BlairTony  BoingBoing  BolesNick  borders  Brexit  caliphate  CameronDavid  campaign  campaigning  centralisation  centrism  Chartists  ChavezHugo  cities  civilDisobedience  civilRights  civilWar  class  climateChange  ClintonBill  competition  compromise  control  CooperYvette  cooption  COP21  Corbynism  CorbynJeremy  corruption  criminalisation  crisis  CrosbyLynton  customsUnion  cuts  DailyMail  dc:contributor=BastaniAaron  dc:contributor=GalsworthyMike  dc:contributor=WalkerMichael  dc:creator=BrooksLibby  dc:creator=CockburnPatrick  dc:creator=HundaiSunny  dc:creator=JonesOwen  dc:creator=MasonPaul  dc:creator=McKeownMaeve  dc:creator=MooreSuzanne  dc:creator=MosesJonathan  dc:creator=PennyLaurie  dc:creator=PestonRobert  dc:creator=RamsayAdam  dc:creator=RensinEmmett  dc:creator=RogersPaul  dc:creator=StrawWill  dctagged  debt  deindividuation  delays  delusion  democracy  democratisation  demonstration  demonstrations  deregulation  directAction  discussion  diversity  division  DUP  ECB  economics  economy  education  Egypt  elderly  election  emotion  engagement  entertainment  environment  environmentalism  ethics  ethnicity  EU  Europe  Euroscepticism  exceptionalism  exploitation  farRight  Ferguson  finance  financialisation  flexibility  folkPolitics  football  formation  FortnumMason  France  freedomOfMovement  FrontNational  ge2017  generalElection  Germany  GiddensAnthony  globalisation  Greece  Greenpeace  GrieveDominic  gunControl  guns  hardBrexit  HardtMichael  higherEducation  HillFiona  history  HollandeFrancois  horizontalism  HouseOfCommons  IMF  immigration  inequality  infrastructure  interdependency  internationalism  intervention  intransigence  Iraq  IraqWar  ISIS  IslamicState  Italy  jihadism  journalism  Kurds  LabourParty  LasVegas  Leave  Lebanon  Lexit  Libya  logistics  London  LRB  lynching  MaduroNicolas  ManchesterCity  manifesto  Mar26  march  March26  MayTheresa  meaningfulVote  media  MetropolitanPolice  MiddleEast  Milan  militancy  military  miltancy  miners  Misurata  morality  MorganNicky  nationalisation  nationalism  NCAFC  negotiations  NegriAntonio  neoliberalism  networks  Nigeria  noDeal  nonviolence  Norway  Nov9  Novara  NRA  occupation  occupations  Occupy  occupyGezi  occupyLondon  occupyLSX  occupyWallStreet  oil  olsx  organisation  ows  Paris  Parliament  participation  PartiSocialiste  pensions  PeoplesVote  PlanB  pluralism  police  policing  politics  precarity  prison  protest  PSUV  psychology  publicity  radicalism  Ramadi  Raqqa  rebellion  redLines  referendum  regions  regulation  Remain  RepublicanParty  rights  riot  roles  RoofDylann  Russia  Seattle  sectarianism  shooting  Sinai  singleMarket  Sirte  socialCare  socialCentres  socialDemocracy  socialism  socialMovements  softBrexit  Sousse  sovereignty  space  SPD  squatting  SrnicekNick  StarmerKeir  stateOfEmergency  strategy  strikes  students  Sunni  Syria  Syriza  tactics  TahrirSquare  technology  territory  terrorism  Thatcherism  TheLeft  TheRight  TimothyNick  ToryParty  trade  tradeUnions  Tripoli  troika  TrumpDonald  TUC  TufekciZeynep  tuitionFees  Tunisia  Turkey  TuteBianchi  UK  ukriots  ukuncut  uncertainty  universities  UniversityOfSussex  urban  USA  vandalism  VaroufakisYanis  Venezuela  violence  voting  war  WeAreThe99PerCent  welfareState  WilliamsAlex  WilsonDarren  withdrawalAgreement  workingClass  xenophobia  Yemen  youth  ZimmermanGeorge 

Copy this bookmark: