Last year in light of the ‘London Bridge’ attack and a General Election, the Labour Party argued for more and better-equipped police. There was talk of the police having been spread thin and having ‘lost control of the streets’. There was talk of increasing the number of police jobs and putting more money into centralised … Continue reading Should we not all be dreaming of a world without more police?
https://twitter.com/avi_khalil/status/1258017287182995462?s=20 The social shock of a global pandemic has started to subside, in particular the fearful novelty for people in countries less familiar with experiencing zoonotic epidemics. Of course, the short term impacts of each countries reactions to the spectre of contagion are ongoing. But what about the longterm? Whilst many will continue to self … Continue reading Life ≠ Quarantine
Having lived in 21st century UK I have participated in mass demonstrations, then mass occupations and demonstrations, then mass grassroots movements, then participation in national political parties and trade unions, alongside some climate direct actions. And not too far away there is Rojava. This is a great start. These avenues all need to be maintained … Continue reading Be the Black Swan: After Corbyn&Sanders
People in East Asia learnt from SARS, that open knowledge networks across society are the best way to enable people to contextually coordinate and adapt to a pandemic. Opaque decisions informing a command-and-control attitude cost lives and increase the dangers associated with broad interventions from above. I have indicated here and here why this is … Continue reading COVID-19 testing is the bottleneck in managing the pandemic. Can we open-source testing?
I spent five years of my life trying to work out why people around me were shooting so many corvids (crows and magpies). They told me the corvids were stealing their partridges and rabbits. What I saw was that it was fun to spend the day with some friends out roaming the countryside. I saw … Continue reading What culling corvids tells me about the UK government response to COVID-19