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Ban Sex Work? Fuck Off, White Feminism. Institutionalised Corruption in Neoliberal Britain. The notion that Britain is a democratic society governed by the rule of law is deeply embedded within elite political culture.

Institutionalised Corruption in Neoliberal Britain

Indeed, the Conservative-led Coalition Government has declared that both 'democracy' and the 'rule of law' are British values against which 'extremists' are to be judged. But the contributors to a new collection from Pluto Press – which include activists and experts from Corporate Watch, Democratic Audit, the High Pay Centre, the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, Spinwatch and other organisations – argue that far from being a nation of 'fair play' and inequality before the law, Britain is a society dominated by powerful and largely unaccountable institutions which have corrupted the public interest for private gain. NLP's Tom Mills spoke to the editor of How Corrupt is Britain?

, David Whyte, about the book and institutionalised corruption in neoliberal Britain. What’s the meaning of meritocracy in today’s politics? » Sociology Lens. Meritocracy: a universally available golden escalator to a life of high status and luxury?

What’s the meaning of meritocracy in today’s politics? » Sociology Lens

When Young (1970) conceived of the meritocracy it was a satirical device to draw attention to a possible dystopian future where everyone is stratified in concrete by their I.Q.: the sub-optimal intelligent condemned to a meaningless existence. The meaning of meritocracy has evolved (Allen 2011) to become a discursive device. Politicians from all major parties now clamour for the moral high ground by claiming making society more meritocratic is their political raison d’etre.

How 'Crazy Negroes' With Guns Helped Kill Jim Crow. "Negroes With Guns" This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible, by Charles E.

How 'Crazy Negroes' With Guns Helped Kill Jim Crow

Cobb Jr., Basic Books, 304 pages, $27.99 I have a dream that one day children in seventh grade will have an American history textbook that is not like my son's. Its heroes will not just be people from the past who upheld the middle-class values of modesty, chastity, sobriety, thrift, and industry. The invention of the heterosexual. If you met Hanne Blank and her partner on the street, you might have a lot of trouble classifying them.

The invention of the heterosexual

While Blank looks like a feminine woman, her partner is extremely androgynous, with little to no facial hair and a fine smooth complexion. Hanne’s partner is neither fully male, nor fully female; he was born with an unconventional set of chromosomes, XXY, that provide him with both male genitalia and feminine characteristics. As a result, Blank’s partner has been mistaken for a gay woman, a straight man, a transman — and their relationship has been classified as gay, straight and everything in between.

Laurie Penny: What the “transgender tipping point” really means. I have a colouring book in front of me.

Laurie Penny: What the “transgender tipping point” really means

It’s called Finding Gender, and it was sent to me by an activist who knows how much I love social justice and felt-tip pens. “Sex-positive” feminism is doing the patriarchy’s work for it. Feminism can be terrifying for any woman who has grown up under patriarchy.

“Sex-positive” feminism is doing the patriarchy’s work for it

You’re used to a very fixed set of rules: be passive, submit to others, respect male authority, fear male violence, don’t ever transgress. It’s grim, but at least you know where you are. Slavoj Žižek: Only a radicalised left can save Europe. 11 Kinds of Bible Verses Christians Love to Ignore. May 26, 2014 | Like this article?

11 Kinds of Bible Verses Christians Love to Ignore

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Some Bible-believing Christians play fast and loose with their sacred text. When it suits their purposes, they treat it like the literally perfect word of God. Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say. The Philosophers' Mail. Rosie is very pretty indeed.

The Philosophers' Mail

The Philosophers' Mail. Viewpoint: Escape from the 'sink' estate. 19 February 2014Last updated at 21:20 ET.

Viewpoint: Escape from the 'sink' estate

Internet Commenter Syndrome: This Woman Can Write But Can't Read. How Wall Street Turned America Into Incarceration Nation. November 25, 2013 | Like this article?

How Wall Street Turned America Into Incarceration Nation

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Thom Hartmann: The Plot to Destroy America. November 11, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Are Special Laws For Sex Offenders on Halloween Legit? Photo Credit: October 27, 2013 | Like this article?

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Exposing the Dark Underbelly of Israel: The Horrors Your Tax Dollars Support. A Palestinian woman and boy walk among Israeli soldiers and military vehicles in the West Bank town of Nabi Samuel.Photo Credit: Ryan Rodrick Beiler / October 16, 2013 | What Talking Dogs Tell Us About Ourselves. The White Gaze Quite Literally Shot and Killed Jonathan Ferrell. On Saturday, a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black man. Jonathan Ferrell was in a horrific car accident and ran towards three police officers seeking help, just like any reasonable person in a crisis would do. Again, a black man in America who is interacting with the police is not given the presumption of being a full citizen, innocent until proven guilty, and perhaps in need of assistance.

For the White Gaze, "black" and "male" equals threat and violence. This is part of a historic pattern of stereotyping and threat in the United States, one which still looms over the popular imagination in the present. As America’s Middle Class Shrinks, Labor Movement's Major Outreach Plan Is Making Waves. Photo Credit: Jodie Gummow September 17, 2013 | The end of kindness: weev and the cult of the angry young man. How Weird Christian Right Beliefs Impact America. September 11, 2013 | Frank Bruni: American “movies, manners and a set of mores” condone rape. Louisiana parish claims incarcerated 14-year-old consented to be raped by a corrections officer.

When the rapist is a she. Gay marriage in the year 100 AD. American man shoots himself in the knee while asleep. Zero Dark Infinity: Why State Torture is Always Gratuitous. "The guards hung me by my wrists from the ceiling for eight days. Elizabeth Smart: Mormon teaching on sex stopped me from escaping kidnappers. Recent events have put me at the center of a strange and troubling irony. Adderall: America's Favorite Amphetamine. Thames Valley Police accused of 'bullying' Katie Bowman. 17 July 2013Last updated at 11:45 GMT Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General, has got involved in the case.

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