In our preceding post, Driven To Market : Youth Work’s Sheepish Response?, we promised to put up some useful links exploring the growing unrest about the marketisation of every nook and cranny of the public realm. Indeed since the turn of the year there has been a notable increase in critical responses to this privatised assault on the idea of ‘the common good’. If you missed them the first time round, here are some worth visiting.
Boycott Workfare is a UK-wide campaign to end forced unpaid work for people who receive welfare. Workfare profits the rich by providing free labour, whilst threatening the poor by taking away welfare rights if people refuse to work without a living wage. We are a grass-roots campaign, formed in 2010 by people with experience of workfare and those concerned about its impact. We expose and take action against companies and organisations profiting from workfare; encourage organisations to pledge to boycott it; and actively inform people of their rights.
How police privatisation was recast as common sense.The insidious, incremental growth of a huge, private shadow state has taken Britain by surprise
THE NEO-LIBERAL CRISIS : A collection of essays that seeks to understand the current financial crisis as a potential moment of rupture in the neoliberal regime.