An interview with Street Artist ATM. A London-based artist whose beautiful paintings of London’s rare and endangered British birds are appearing without warning on concrete fascias of decaying housing estates, brick walls, railway arches and unglamorous spots around the capital.
Peter Gelderloos is an anarchist and author from U.S. Virginia. His books include How Nonviolence Protects the State, Consensus, Anarchy Works, The Failure of Nonviolence, the travel narrative To Get to the Other Side, and the collection of short stories Sousa in the Echo Chamber. He currently lives in Barcelona, where he takes part in ongoing social struggles.
In his book Anarchy Works, Gelderloss argues that free societies are not possible so long as governments try to crush any pocket of independence. We discuss some ideas in his books.
Arthur is a working class Anarchist, anti fascist and one of the key organisers of the Fuck Parade, a demonstration against the increasing gentrification of London UK. We talk about their previous protests, identity politics, Hipsters, The Tories, Class War politics Anarchism and more.
Poet Tim Wells is the founding editor of the poetry magazine ‘Rising’. He has performed his work widely and has worked as guest poet on Radio London and with ‘Tighten Up’, the East London reggae sound system. His books include Keep the Faith, Rougher Yet, and Boys’ Night Out in the Afternoon, which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.
We talk about Anti Fascism, the gentrification of London, the art of spoken word, the working class and the influence of ska music on British culture as it emerged.
On this show is Swedish journalist, writer and activist, Kajsa Ekis Ekman. She is the author of several works about the financial crisis, women’s rights and Marxism including ‘Being and Being Bought – Prostitution, Surrogacy and the Split Self’. She writes for the major newspaper in Sweden called “Today’s News” and is a columnist at the leftwing daily ETC and is a member of the editing collective of the anarchist magazine ‘Brand’ in English translates as ‘Fire’ (published since 1898).
She is public speaker and was one of the key note speakers at the 2014 ‘Festival of dangerous ideas’ and has delivered a Ted talk on capitalism. She has founded the networks, Feminists Against Surrogacy and the climate action group, Klimax.
Nearly 70 years after the fall of the Nazi regime, the far right and even fascism are again a significant threat in Europe. In the May 2014 European Parliament elections, organisations with a range of fascist, racist and anti-migrant ideologies won significant votes in a number of European countries. The National Front topped the poll in France and explicitly Nazi parties won seats in countries like Germany and Greece.
This book is survey of the far right in seven countries of Europe with different political histories: Britain, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands and Sweden. The survey, by activists and researchers from these countries, reveals a disturbing picture of far-right parties, some with a mass base, which have been able to drag the mainstream political parties to the right. This book is a contribution to understand the nature of the far right, and to develop strategies for the left to confront this threat.
This recording is Author Bernhard Schmid presenting the book ‘The Far Right In Europe’ at Housemans Bookshop.