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Government

Everyone’s Grievous Banquet

And I want us to be a country where it doesn’t matter where you were born, who your parents are, where you went to school, what your accent sounds like, what god you worship, whether you’re a man or a woman, gay or straight, or black or white.

– Theresa May, 5 October 2016, Conservative Party Conference

 

Notes from Non-Existence

Heinrich Haine takes leave of Common Sense with the perverse claim that some of the working class live in Islington and not all are natural anglo-English born. At least they weren't allowed to vote, then. But why does Mute give a platform to Cosmopolitan Scum?

 

Your country's dead man, but your continent is soiled

– Triple Negative, Schengen Wasteman

 

This arresting essay presents an in depth account of the so-called 'system-upgrade' of welfare reform in the UKplc: Universal Credit

Reposted from: http://de-arrest.me/

 

For the sword outwears its sheath,

And the soul wears out the breast,

And the heart must pause to breathe,

And love itself have rest.

 

The Jobcentre has not always existed. A glib statement, yes, but one that is always worth reasserting when discussing such a ubiquitous institution (see 'the state', 'the nation', borders and numerous other seemingly transcendental and timeless, yet decidedly modern, institutions). In fact the Jobcentre, taking into account its predecessors, is little more than one hundred years old. During this time, it has taken multiple forms, performed various functions, been branded, re-branded, hidden, celebrated and vilified.

The Kidnap and Murder of David Cameron

In response to the massive and murderous raft of cuts being introduced by the State and local authorities (ConDem AND New Labour - NOTE) this month, I'm reposting this poem from the great Sean Bonney. Words that begin to approximate to how so many people feel right now, I'm guessing.

 

after Rimbaud: The Kidnap and Murder of David Cameron

Half-Truths

Susan Schuppli discusses the exhibition by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Aural Contract: The Whole Truth, at Casco in Utrecht

 

In her 1971 essay, ‘Lying in Politics’, Hannah Arendt contends that in order to act, a space must be created for that action, which by necessity requires that something be removed or destroyed to allow for the new to emerge.

 

Catalysing Dissent

The 2011 UK Riots were the inspiration for this article, although what can be said of the riots also holds for the sequential outbreak of protests and revolts that erupted globally last year. Inigo Wilkins and Andrew Osborne discuss the irreversible noise and computational immanence of 21st century crowds

 

Welcome to the Big Society!

The first in an irregular series of Mute columns kicks off with some reflections on a very special week for the UK and its 'plabour' pool

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