Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Prison Industrial Complex

There’s one form of affordable, secure housing that’s readily available to the American working class – prison.  There are over 2 million people incarcerated in the US, the highest per-capita rate in the world and 1 in 3 young African-Americans … Continue reading

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Re-Elect Kshama Sawant!

  There’s something good happening in Seattle.  It’s a place with a radical history (general strike 1919, strong waterfront unions, anti-World Trade Organisation protests 1999).  Now it’s in the vanguard of an emergent radicalism that’s challenging – and weakening – … Continue reading

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Obamavilles

I’m in Seattle now, but need to say one last thing (for now) about the omni-scandal that is Chicago housing.  It gets worse the more I learn.  The usual excuse for neglecting, carving up and privatising public/council housing is ‘Sorry, … Continue reading

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More from Chicago

It was a busy morning in Cook County’s housing court yesterday.  Local campaigners refer to it as ‘the eviction court’ and I could see why.  Within the first half hour, I reckon twenty ex-parte possession orders were granted to landlords … Continue reading

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Sweet Home Chicago (?)

I last came to Chicago 29 years ago.  Back then I was struggling with a lack of education, emotional intelligence and money.  At least one of them isn’t so much of a problem now, so it’s good to be back, … Continue reading

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The Bronx is turning

The Bronx has an iconic identity often associated with urban decay.  As ever, such stereo-types are ahistorical and unbalanced.  New York’s northern-most borough was once considered a desirable suburb, a heritage reflected in some of its grand architecture and layout. … Continue reading

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