Reflections on student protests and UK Uncut: 12 essential posts
In the closing months of 2010, two events shattered the assumption that government cuts would meet little opposition. One was angry student protests over tuition fees and abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance. The other was UK Uncut's creative campaign against tax dodgers.
With them has come some rich reportage and analysis. Below we list 12 of the best. Much of the most insightful writing has come from the blogosphere, or from journalists who feel equally at home blogging and tweeting, which reinforces Reuben's defence of bloggers. No doubt we will explore these issues in more depth at next month's Netroots UK event.
Some of the articles below touch on key debates between campaigners – around questions of leadership and organisational tactics. False Economy generally takes no position on these. It's not that they don't matter – indeed on some days you will find members of our working group merrily arguing with each other on websites such as Liberal Conspiracy. But we also know the value of having a space where we can put aside such debates to look outwards – and focus on what unites us.
Here, in no particular order, are our desirable dozen:
How UK Uncut is Shaping the Agenda
Ellie Mae O’Hagan, New Left Project
2011: The year political activism and progressive politics goes open source
Aaron Peters, Left Foot Forward
Protest works: just look at the proof
Johann Hari, Independent
The philosophical significance of UK Uncut
Alan Finlayson, openDemocracy
A few thoughts before Pay Day
Disabled Activists and the Anti-Cuts Movement
Lisa J Ellwood, UK Uncut
The student movement evolves
Laurie Penny, New Statesman
Fighting the cuts: The false choice between networks and organisation
Nigel Stanley, Left Foot Forward
These brilliant protests on tax-dodging can unite us all
Polly Toynbee, Guardian
Dubstep rebellion - the British banlieue comes to Millbank
Paul Mason, BBC Newsnight
What next for the student movement?
Guy Aitchison, UCL Occupation
The new Levellers
Antony Barnett, New Statesman
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