Mythbusters are a regular feature of Red Pepper magazine and seven of the most popular pieces have been brought together in a new booklet for mass distribution.
It answers the common myths about unions, welfare reform, immigration and housing. It exposes what private finance doesn’t want you to know about pensions, sets the record straight on higher education and crucially explains why there’s absolutely no need for public spending cuts.
We’ve all had those moments when some right-wing myth is casually slipped into conversation. You know it’s not true, but sometimes it’s hard to convince people of a fairer point of view, especially if you’re trying to explain something that you see as common sense.
It doesn’t help that the national tabloids tend to reinforce the the most outrageous and divisive ideas. We see headlines such as “They’ve stolen all our jobs” (Daily Star on immigrants), “75% on sick are skiving” (Daily Express), and recently the Daily Mail described an accused child murderer as a “Vile product of Welfare UK”.
The truth is that we need migration, just as much as we need to save and strengthen welfare. While the government and corporations attack the welfare state under the veil of austerity, it’s all too convenient for them if the rest of us blame each other and fight amongst ourselves.
This booklet is designed to put the record straight when it comes to rumours that blame the poor and vulnerable for society’s problems.
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The Kilburn Manifesto is a statement being made in twelve monthly instalments, issued free online, about the nature of the neoliberal system which now dominates Britain and most of the Western world, and about the need to develop coherent alternatives to it. Its principal authors, Stuart Hall, Doreen Massey and Michael Rustin, have had a long association with the New Left, since its first days in 1956, and have been significant figures in its various initiatives, such as the founding of Universities and Left Review and New Left Review, the May Day Manifesto (just reissued) and the Greater London Council led by Ken Livingstone. They are the founding editors of the journal Soundings, which is responsible for the Kilburn Manifesto, and which has reissued the 1968 May Day Manifesto in the context of this initiative.
Join us for a discussion that will sketch out routes for navigating the complex challenges presented by global economic and ecological crises. The panel: geographer Doreen Massey; architect Carolyn Steel; and campaigner Andrew Simms, draw on their contributions to the publication ATLAS: Geography, Architecture and Change in an Interdependent World, edited by Renata Tyszczuk, Joe Smith, Nigel Clark, Melissa Butcher (London: Black Dog Publishing, February 2012).
Poet Lemn Sissay performs at this event which is chaired by broadcaster Quentin Cooper.
After the panel discussion join us in the foyer for Open Book, a chance to engage and exchange ideas with contributors to the ATLAS.
Morbid Symptoms; Health under Capitalism
The new left monthly magazine launched in South Africa
by John Callaghan
A literature review by democratic audit. Obtainable for £12.50, from Prof Stuart Weir, Democratic Aujdit, Denmore Lodge, Brunswick Gdns, Cambridge CB5 8DQ
The living memorial to Ken Saro-Wiwa
Coming to Terms with Nature
by Sheila Cohen
by Wesley Muthiah, Selvy Thiruchandran, Sydney Wanasinghe
Letters between Marcel Liebman and Ralph Miliband
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by Marcel Liebman
An impassioned argument for revitalising our imagination of space
Telling The Truth