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August 10 2011

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The proposed privatisation of the prison-service is an example, as is the continuous drive to open education up to exploitation by computer companies. It’s hardly worth mentioning the crazy argument that the NHS in the UK is ‘broken’ and the Tory programme of opening it up to supposedly cheaper and more efficient profit-making companies - despite the fact that all the studies show that the NHS is the most efficient and cost-effective way of delivering health care.

So capitalism is looting the public sphere. Services that citizens have for a hundred or more years considered to be public goods and not to be exploited for the profit of a few – health care, care of the elderly, education, unemployment benefit, old-age pensions, fresh water, sewers, waste disposal, roads and footpaths, urban and rural planning, the postal service, the telephone service, the police, and so on –  are subject to systematic and sustained pressure aimed at breaking the link between the citizen and the service. No longer should we think of these things as ‘ours’, except in the sense that we can say a bank is ours. These things are provided to us as goods and services by companies which exercise their right to make a profit out of them – out of us really, out of our pain, our parent’s old age, our children’s childhood, our money troubles, our environment. Citizens are to be redefined as consumers of services. The sole function of the state is to regulate the activities of companies so that monopolies do not develop.

The police function as the guarantor of profit. The police are ‘ours’ only in the way the taxman is ours. The police thus find themselves increasingly (for it was ever thus) with their backs to the corporate wall facing a disinherited citizenry for whom the state is a hostile force. This makes the police political for it is a mistake to think that the looting of the public sphere by corporations and individuals is not political.

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Tottenham and Beyond: neoliberal riots and the possibility of politics | eircom.net  - Ice Moon Blog - 2011-08-09
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August 09 2011

De jeunes Iraniens arrêtés pour des batailles d'eau à Téhéran

Tout le monde sait qu'il ne faut pas jouer avec le feu. Mais à Téhéran, apparemment, même jouer avec de l'eau peut vous attirer des ennuis. Voilà en tout cas ce que viennent d'apprendre à leur dépens plusieurs jeunes gens en Iran, arrêtés la semaine dernière par les forces de l'ordre pour avoir participé à des batailles d'eau dans la rue, organisées via Facebook notamment.



Source: www.rue89.com, via dm
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