Owen Jones goes into the Lion’s Den | Tory Party Conference | Owen Jones


This week has seen overwhelming levels of smugness and [somewhat higher than usual levels of] vitriol present in Manchester as the annual Conservative Party Conference is underway. Whilst some less-subtle people, perhaps misguided, perhaps overwhelmed by the gravity of reality caused a bit of scene outside which undermined the legitimacy of the actual protests, spry Socialist Owen Jones has ventured through the looking glass to get a first-hand feel for the people behind the generalised establishmentarian misery.

Which is great. Good for him for seeking the other side of the argument for the sake of a balanced conclusion. It is true that we sometimes forget that behind the labels are individual people with the power of reason. I however, have reasoned that a lot of Tories are either scared of change, too comfortable to envision a different way, too influenced by the media, too short-sighted to look at a bigger picture or too ignorant to care (my possibly harsh generalisation) – and I would imagine that Mr. Jones agrees with me. Based on the conversations he’s had with these attendees, they seem to just have different values, of status and position and impression and stuff. Personally, all these transient things are not to be valued.

The guy at 3:36 obviously didn’t expect to be interviewed, but whatever he’s on he seems to be at the conference for a jolly. And that tells me a lot about his attitude, at least.

 

Owen Jones says Prepare for the Fury of the Staus Quo | Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership | Owen Jones talks…


So at this point, after the vote closed at midday today, it’s pretty much a given that Corbyn’s got it. Which is great! In my opinion it’s about time we had a straight-talking community-minded progressive in the house, with people-power, too.

But champion of the left-wing youth Owen Jones knows that this is only the beginning, and is here to give the faithful a heads-up for the impending shit-storm that’s brewing amongst the rank that lives inside the box. So pay attention and brace yourself – it’s surely gonna get worse before it gets better.

On a related note – can someone please explain to me why the main argument the centre-right has against Corbyn is that he’s unelectable? The man’s on track to win the leadership race due to a massive surge in support, with many people who were formerly jaded becoming inspired by his attitude and engaged in politics. They’ve all voted for him. How does this argument make sense?

Here’s a Grauniad article about 9 supposedly ‘left-wing’ policies that most people actually agree with.

 

Jeremy Corbyn: Socialism DOES Work | Oxford Union


Now I will start this post by stating that I’m not a Labour man – they’ve gone too far-Right in a shallow attempt to woo the electorate in recent years to have my vote (why have a party in power without a mandate for change?). But if Corbyn gets it, I might consider it!

Here in an impassioned debate at the Oxford Union in 2013, Corbyn seems to represent the actual core values of the Left – progress, tolerance, equality… y’know, all that good stuff. Makes me excited that these ideals are gaining more traction in the mainstream, and that this might mean something positive in the future!

He’s definitely my pick for the leadership. If you’re in the UK and unionised (I’m looking at you, MU Members!), make sure you head over here to register as a supporter and give yourself a chance to vote!

The end of capitalism has begun | The Guardian

Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian

Source: The end of capitalism has begun

A long read, but definitely insightful. Gotta check out The Fragment in the Machine!

I’m sure the timing of this article is jumping the gun a little… but here’s hoping that in 20 years time, students will be looking back at this article and analysing is as a prescient foreshadowing of the New Age.

Pope Calls on World Youth to Rise Up Against Global Capitalism | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

The address marked the end of Pope Francis’ week-long pilgrimage to Latin America, during which he also assailed the prevailing economic system as the “dung of the devil,” saying that the systemic “greed for money” is a “subtle dictatorship” that “condemns and enslaves men and women.”

 

Source: Pope Calls on World Youth to Rise Up Against Global Capitalism | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

(Here’s a more credible article from the Washington Post, if you’d prefer)


A Pope who’s tolerant of the gay community and acknowledged the possibility of the Big Bang as factual is also a Socialist? Well, so was Jesus I guess. I like this Pope.

If we can get him to consider a more sensible position on drugs policy then the future looks very positive indeed.

Is Transparency The Music Industry’s Next Battle? | The Record : NPR

The issue of how much musicians theoretically earn from their work has moved out of the trade press and into social media’s trending topics recently… In the background of these debates is the question of whether songwriters and performers are actually getting all the money they’re owed.

Source: Is Transparency The Music Industry’s Next Battle? : The Record : NPR

How many of you folks use Spotify on the regular? Do you buy music anywhere, in any form? I’m not trying to preach – as a musician I’m obviously pro-music – but I’m also hugely pro-credit. It’s a tough argument – most artists need to treat their craft as a full-time job in order to progress and develop as an artist, and in that sense you can’t work for free. However, it did occur to me that most people aren’t actually aware how the streaming system actually works, so I thought I’d help break it down:

Here’s a link from Spotify’s website, detailing their payment model. Looks nice, but it’s actually more like this, along with al the other online distributors.

How do you feel about it?

We’re out of the age of the multi-million dollar Music Industry signing 10 acts on the chance they’ll make it all back on one. But it seems now we’ve gone in the other direction, and the only people still coming out on top are the guys with all the cash.

Mhairi Black SNP Maiden Speech in the Commons | Channel 4

UPDATE: Underneath the speech video is a link to the BBC Scotland news report, or rather the lack or reporting on the content of the speech. Impartial when they want to be, eh?

Just in case you’re interested. I’ve been a bit slim on the political front since the election – not because I’ve lost interest, but maybe on some level because I lost faith briefly. This kind of speech puts the faith back in me! And only 20 years old. Gives me hope for the next generation!

I will add that I’m sick of seeing the Commons empty when shit like this is going down! Always a case of preaching to the converted – it seems the people who need change the most are often the most reluctant to change. Here’s  on the phenomenon detailing why some unskilled people perceive themselves to be more talented than they actually are.

BBC SCOTLAND NEWS SPEECH REPORTING


On a related tip, here’s an interview with Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, that Corbyn accused of stooping to sensationalist tabloid tactics. He’s the man my money’s on, in the spirit of progress – though most New Labour reformists will brand him as too old-skool Trotskyist, others have accused him of being a Liberal question-dodger. I think he’s a Socialist.

https://youtu.be/QZAn7ZEvwek