BRAND NEW WEBSITE TO BE LAUNCHED BY CHES Jim Walsh
TTIP : A DEAL THAT WILL END OUR FREEDOM Christopher Bratcher
TTIP, which stands for ‘Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership,’ aims chiefly at opening up investment opportunities for transnational corporations, and in a manner unconstrained by national regulations and the decisions of national governments. The TTIP negotiations are between the U.S. and the EU. Part of TTIP is a proposal to enable investors to sue national governments for actions deemed to restrict investors’ profits, either actual or potential. When the TTIP proposals are finalised, the EU Parliament will only have the power to accept or reject them as a whole package. Acceptance will open the way to global hegemony for the corporations. Abstract by Tom Rubens.
THE RELEVANCE OF ANARCHISM TODAY Donald Rooum
Anarchist are opposed to all coercive institutions, but not to leadership and organisation as such–provided these are voluntarily chosen. Also, anarchism is ethical because it is concerned with what is judged to be morally good or bad. Further, in a historical perspective, it concurs with the views of Bakunin ( as against those of Marx) in seeking social reform while rejecting authoritarian structures as a means of achieving it. Abstract by Tom Rubens.
VIEWPOINTS C. Bratcher, D. Forsyth
ESSAY – POLITICAL CORRECTNESS AND CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION Rumy Hasan
The attitude of ‘political correctness‘ which produced the official cover-ups on child sexual exploitation in Rochdale and Rotherham has complex roots. It stems chiefly from genuine guilt-feelings on the part of many white liberals in Britain in the post-colonial era, which dates from the 1970s onwards. However, these feelings can be no excuse for refusing to acknowledge, and act against, crimes perpetrated by members of racial and ethnic minorities. Such refusal is also unacceptable if prompted by the other source of PC: political considerations of electoral advantage. Abstract by Tom Rubens.
Book Review: THE GOD QUESTION by Jesse Bering, review by Joy Wood