Posts Tagged: Democracy

When Democracy Delivers the Abyss, We Need More Democracy

‘We must respect the democratic will of the people.’ So said Chancellor George Osborne this morning, after just shy of 52% of the 72% of the British population voted to leave the EU. A vote was held, the results were counted, and the fundamental principle of democracy requires that we respect the decision. But what

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Going Up in Smoke | Guy Fawkes and the Protest Against Power-Abuse

This time last year I asked what might be a suitable guiding thought as we headed for bonfires and fireworks in this peculiarly English celebration on 5th November. A year ago it was a time for lamenting the parlous state of our democracy: Nick Griffin’s BNP sweetening the fascist message again, government advisors being sacked

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LIFT – Theatre and the Digital Democracy – Debate at the ICA

Really interesting debate happening at the ICA next Thursday, hosted by LIFT, entitled The Digital Democracy: The desire to reconfigure the relationship between theatre and audience has been a recurring theme in experimental theatre practice for decades. Catalysed by a new generation of theatre makers for whom gaming and the associated digital interactivity is the

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The Rise of Conservatism? | Tea Party Politics

Fascinating, if frightening, piece in The Independent today about the crumbling of support for the moderate Republican Charlie Crist in Florida’s senate election. His opposition, gaining more and more support: Marco Rubio, a man with ‘demigod’ status in the Tea Party movement who at a recent conservative gathering in Washington “declared his love for Guantanamo

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Fireworks and Pyrotechnics | A Day of Burning Lament for our Nation

Remember, remember the 5th of November, the gun powder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gun powder treason should ever be forgot. As we gaze into the sky and cry ‘ooo’ and ‘ahhh’ tonight, and see the flickering shadows and cinders as the pyre burns and the guy turns to ash,

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