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AB105: the large principles of 2013
(January/February 2013)

Featured during this issue:

Bionomics > Economics
Stephen Collis on innovation and disaster
Scott Atran at the beginning of Hamas
Darren Fleet on monetary algorithms long past wild
Franco “Bifo” Berardi on imagination
Gareth Peirce on why we torture
Pankaj Mishra at the CIA in Iran
Binyavanga Wainaina on Saving the youngsters of Africa
Welcoming within the yr of the Snake

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UK Uncut captured the public imagination but has since disappeared from public gaze and Occupy kept an alternative economic vision on the agenda for a while before it too vanished into the ether. The traditional left has been equally ineffective. The Labour party hasn’t been an instrument for social change for some time and the unions are hamstrung by archaic labor laws and their own imagination. While parliament, the mother of all democracies, is dying if not dead. While America and France claim to have ignited the torch of modern democracy, its real roots are here in the UK, in 1215 and 1649, with the Magna Carta and the first ever parliamentary democracy – historical singularities that awoke the slumbering ideals of economic power and individualism from a political cocoon.

The student movement disappeared as quickly as it arrived. UK Uncut captured the public imagination but has since disappeared from public gaze and Occupy kept an alternative economic vision on the agenda for a while before it too vanished into the ether. The traditional left has been equally ineffective. The Labour party hasn’t been an instrument for social change for some time and the unions are hamstrung by archaic labor laws and their own imagination. While parliament, the mother of all democracies, is dying if not dead.

Here we have none. Britain reels from a lack of a creative left. We need some hope, some inspiration, something that shakes us out of a dismally predictable downward spiral. But what’ll next year bring? Further cuts, definitely. A continuing crisis, certainly. More riots, possibly. And while a divided and disconnected left find a post-Occupy cause célèbre, the lumpen masses will pay more attention to the X-Factor TV show than a specter, that if they cared to look, still haunts Europe. Tim Hunt is a Commissioning Editor with Red Pepper magazine and writer and researcher with the Ethical Consumer Research Association.

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