Tips for Radicals

Aiming to be a "blog of the gaps" to cover things that other radical blogs often miss — what we want, our journey there, and issues along the way.

To help you searching the blog, I use the following tags to categorise posts:

  • theory - ways of structuring the world
  • strategy - plans to achieve the theories
  • tools - specific ways to (help) achieve the strategy
  • tips - advice that could help you in your life and action
  • examples and analysis of existing campaigns

For more info, see the about this blog page.

Please send in your own blog posts, links, comments, or article ideas either as a submission or an ask - always welcome.
"if you don't have a strategy, you're part of someone else's strategy."
– a. toffler

"What can we do today, so that tomorrow we can do what we are unable to do today?"
– Paulo Freire

I also run a more scatter-shot blog full of incoherent rants and tumblr arguments. Sorry about that.

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How capitalism is turning the internet against democracy? How can we turn it back?

If you enjoy stories of the internet’s potential for social change, and prefer ones that transcend the common celebrant/sceptic binary, you should check out this article/book.

A central point is that technology isn’t good, bad or even neutral. Technology can’t be separated from power relations that exist in the economy and society. It will “amplify the dynamics of the existing social and economic system”. Technology under capitalism will tend to reinforce domination and inequality, unless there is a serious class challenge against who has power and why.

The internet has a great potential to create open spaces “for interaction not dominated by the enclosures, ad hominem violence and commercialism of the web as a whole” – but it’s not inevitable.

To defend the commons, we first have to understand it — the physical factories with low-paid staff behind Amazon, the copyright-holders that stifle debate about meaningful and new forms of compensation, smartphones tying workers to the office, the “immaterial labour” dialogue that addresses current Western struggles whilst often ignoring workers made invisible by familiar industrial conditions, and the parallels between corporations control of the internet and the control of the map by imperial powers in the 1800s.

This article is a great start!

For other articles on the internet and its woes/joys, see the Tips for Radicals internet and technology tags.

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