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March 29 2011

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Videos: US Uncut's National Day of Action | The Nation 2011-03-27

US Uncut's National Day of Action

Video and photos from US Uncut’s forty nationwide protests are beginning to come in. Perhaps the liveliest chapter is US Uncut DC, whose 100+ members shut down a Bank of America branch on Saturday. Reportedly, the bank managers pulled a fire alarm as action began at the protest. This is not the first time the franchise has successfully shut down BoA’s operations.

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As many as 500,000 protesters marched in London on Saturday to protest Britain's deepest cuts to public spending since World War II. The protests come after U.K. officials estimated corporate taxes would be reduced even as it tackles a $235-billion deficit and plans to cut more than 300,000 public sector jobs. Meanwhile in the United States, protesters gathered in 40 cities on Saturday to oppose tax cuts for the wealthy amid budget cuts to public services. Democracy Now! interviews British journalist Johann Hari who writes for The Independent of London and Allison Kilkenny of Citizen Radio in New York.

For the video/audio podcast, transcript, to sign up for the daily news digest, and for today's entire show, visit http://www.democracynow.org/2011/3/28.
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This is Economic Treason”: 500,000 March in London Protesting Public Spending Cuts and Corporate Tax Dodgers - Democracy Now 2011-03-28

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As many as 500,000 protesters marched in London on Saturday to protest Britain’s deepest cuts to public spending since World War II. The protests come after U.K. officials estimated corporate taxes would be reduced even as it tackles a $235 billion deficit and plans to cut more than 300,000 public sector jobs. Meanwhile, in the United States protesters gathered in 40 cities on Saturday to oppose tax cuts for the wealthy amid budget cuts to public services. We broadcast a video report from the streets of London and speak to British journalist Johann Hari and Allison Kilkenny of Citizen Radio in New York. [includes rush transcript]

Guests:
Report by Brandon Jourdan, filed from the streets of London with Marianne Maeckelbergh.
Johann Hari, British journalist and columnist for The Independent of London.
Allison Kilkenny, co-host of Citizen Radio. She has been blogging in The Nation about the US Uncut movement.
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March 28 2011

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These are days of rage. Rage in the Arab world, of course, but also on the streets of Athens, Dublin, Rome, Paris, Madrid, and now a loud clamourous rage on the streets of London.

An age of crisis is an age of frustrated hopes, frustrated life. We want to go to university but it is too expensive. We need good healthcare, but we cannot pay for it. We need homes, and we can see homes standing empty, but they are not for us. Or, for the millions of people who are starving: we want to eat, we can see that there is plenty of food for everyone, but something stands between us and the food – money, or the lack of it.

And so we rage. We rage all the more because we do not know what to do with our rage, and how to use our rage to make the world a different place.

We rage against the government. But we know there is no answer there. Representative democracy holds our rage entrapped: like a rat in a maze, we run from one party to another but there is no exit. Things do not and cannot get better because behind political power stands another, greater power – the power of capital; the power of money.

And so we rage against the rule of money. Not against money itself, necessarily, because in the present society we need money to live. We rage rather against the rule of money, against a society in which money dominates. Money is a great bulldozer tearing up the world. It is an insidious force penetrating ever more aspects of our lives. Money holds society together, but it does so in a way that tears it apart.

At one stage it seemed we had pushed the rule of money back, at least in areas like health and education. It was never really so, and for a long time we have seen the progressive re-imposition of the rule of money as the prime criterion for every decision. Now money has emerged in all its arrogance. That is what makes us so angry – the government has proclaimed openly "Money is king, bow low to the king!"

Rage, then, rage against the rule of money! As long as money rules, injustice and violence prevail – money is the breach between the starving and the food, the gap between the homeless and the houses. As long as money rules we are trapped in a dynamic that nobody controls and that is visibly destroying the possibility of human existence.

Money seems all powerful, yet it is not. It is merely a form of social cohesion, and depends on our compliance. Say no, then. Do something else, do things in a different way. Refuse and create.

In fact we spend a lot of our lives creating spaces we protect from the assault of money. We create no-go areas, we put up signs that say: "Here the people rule! Here, in our relation with our children and our friends, in our schools, in our hospitals there is a different dynamic at work. Money stay out!" We have many different names for these moments or spaces: love or friendship or trust.

Cracks in the rule of money are everywhere. They can be seen not just in the love of children or friends but in the revolts and experiments where people are saying, "No, we shall not accept the rule of money, we shall do things in a different way". So many refusals and creations, so many dignities – sometimes big, sometimes small, always contradictory. Occupations, social centres, community gardens, alternative radio stations, free software, rebellions, and seminars that concentrate on the only scientific question remaining to us, namely how we can stop our headlong rush towards self-destruction.

The only hope of creating a radically different world is through the creation, expansion, multiplication and confluence of these cracks. Refuse and create. Push back the rule of money.

Today's march is a challenge the rule of money | John Holloway | Comment is free | The Guardian
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