The Poverty of Theory

Video on Day 7 - Glasgow’s Needy - OCCUPY GEORGE SQUARE - on Livestream.com

Here’s a video of me out in the cold whilst also trying to talk about the research I am currently doing.

Also huge amount of respect to Darren from Glasgow’s Needy who has been camping out all week in George Square to raise awareness of the impact of poverty in Glasgow.  The large foodbank shopping collections seen in George Square following the referendum result were also organised by him and his dad.  

Researchers from University of Glasgow are looking to speak to people in Glasgow on experience of welfare, sanctions & support. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested. 

Researchers from University of Glasgow are looking to speak to people in Glasgow on experience of welfare, sanctions & support. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested. 

Researchers from University of Glasgow are looking to speak to social tenants in Glasgow on experience of welfare, sanctions & support. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested. 

Researchers from University of Glasgow are looking to speak to social tenants in Glasgow on experience of welfare, sanctions & support. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested. 

Researchers from University of Glasgow are looking to speak to migrants in Glasgow on experience of welfare, sanctions & support. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested. 

Researchers from University of Glasgow are looking to speak to migrants in Glasgow on experience of welfare, sanctions & support. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested. 

Researchers from University of Glasgow are looking to speak to lone parents in Glasgow on experience of welfare, sanctions & support. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested. 

Researchers from University of Glasgow are looking to speak to lone parents in Glasgow on experience of welfare, sanctions & support. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested. 

Researchers from University of Glasgow are looking to speak to jobseekers in Glasgow on experience of welfare, sanctions & support. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested. 

Researchers from University of Glasgow are looking to speak to jobseekers in Glasgow on experience of welfare, sanctions & support. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested. 

Researchers from University of Glasgow are looking to speak to disabled people in Glasgow on experience of welfare, sanctions & support. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested. 

Researchers from University of Glasgow are looking to speak to disabled people in Glasgow on experience of welfare, sanctions & support. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested. 

selchieproductions:

braylieve:

Food bank donations at George Square. 😌

I love the people of Glasgow.

selchieproductions:

braylieve:

Food bank donations at George Square. 😌

I love the people of Glasgow.

The modern State cannot be grasped as a reality, substance, objectivity (an inert or organic object). The State is not seen. No more than the Law. They do not pertain to the sensible. You can photograph rulers. Not the State. What does the spectator see, from the outside, or the member, from the inside? He does not see the Law, only the policeman. We only see the theatrical appearance of the State, the ceremonial garments. The State is not seen, it is conceived: this allows Hegel and Hegelians to claim that the State is (nothing but) an idea.
Lefebvre, Henri, De l’État, vol. 1, 1976, pp. 42-3 (via fuckyeahdialectics)
If capitalism cannot do without an orientation towards the common good, whence it derives reasons for commited engagement, its lack of concern for norms means that the spirit of capitalism cannot be generated exclusively out of its own resources. As a result, it needs its enemies, people whom it outrages and who are opposed to it, to find the moral supports it lacks and to incorporate mechanisms of justice whose relevance it would otherwise have no reason to acknowledge. The capitalist system has proved infinitely more robust than its detractors - Marx at their head - thought. But this is also because it has discovered routes to its survival in critiques of it. For example, did not the new capitalist order derived from the Second World War share with fascism and communism the features of assigning great importance to the state, and a certain economic dirigisme? It is probably this surprising capacity for survival by absorbing part of the critique that has helped to disarm anti-capitalist forces. The paradoxical consequence is that in periods when capitalism seems triumphant - as is the case today - it displays a fragility that emerges precisely when real competitors have disappeared.
L Boltanski & E Chiapello (2005) The New Spirit of Capitalism, Verso: London