This analysis is not wholly academic and yet not wholly polemic. It will explore neoliberalism and spaces from a broadly Foucaldian and Brownian perspective. This does not mean that this article is correct in its analysis nor does it mean it is incorrect; but a trail of critical thought from a student to encourage other critical thought on gentrification. Neoliberal rationality Here currently in the … Continue reading A Short Perspective on Neoliberalism and Space – (An individual insight)
If anything has been made clear in the process of seizing and utilising Barclays neglected branch in Preston Circus, Brighton, it is the importance, power, and politics of space. A group once scattered across a variety of projects, movements, and positionalities – dislocated and fractured from one another, aspiring for more; hopeful, disillusioned, angry, loving, exasperated, enlivened, bored, curious, and excited – came together through … Continue reading Power, Resistance, and the Significance of Space – (An individual insight)
Who are you? Radical Bank – a product of the global squatting and occupy movements – made up of workers, unemployed, students and migrants. We seize space to then host political communities to share skills and reshape ideas around gender, equality, self-sufficiency, ecology and direct action. On the 6th of June, after an anti-austerity march, we took the old Barclays bank in Preston Circus. A group of squatters had been there before us but had been violently evicted. We took this … Continue reading — Radical Bank Fights Back —
Radical – adjective 1. (Especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough: Origins Late Middle English (in the senses ‘forming the root’ and ‘inherent’): from late Latin, radic- ‘root’. Bank – “What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?”* ― Bertolt Brecht *Sometimes you also see this translated as “Robbing … Continue reading What exactly is a Radical Bank?
12 days in June One of the lesser known slogans, from Paris 1968, but one of the most insightful, was ‘Marx is our god, Marcuse is our prophet, Mao is our weapon.’ This slogan acknowledges the development of history, the necessity of revisionism, and how ideas can be translated into action. The seminar discussion was brought to the barricades, and the barricades were turned into … Continue reading 12 days in June – (An individual insight)
The Radical Bank of Brighton & Hove: Documenting future-history “To become independent, to become autonomous, can also mean to learn how to fight in the streets, to take over empty buildings, to never work, to love ourselves and each other like crazy and steal from shops.” Invisible Committee, The Coming Insurrection “Ontologies of the present demand archaeologies of the future, not forecasts of the past’. … Continue reading Future-History – (An individual insight)
When we got to court I’d got all dressed up in my smartest skirt and shirt and looked like a school girl. G wore his best polo shirt and jeans. When I asked if he had some smart clothes to wear he said this was the best option because all his other clothes were t-shirts with communist written on them. He’s an academic. We’d called … Continue reading Court Part 2: Liberation – (An individual insight)