Zero Squared #2: The Option that No Longer Exists

Jan 14th, 2015 | By | Category: Articles, Uncategorized, Zero Squared

zerosquared2John Medhurst is a Trade Unionist and activist and we discuss his book That Option No Longer Exists: Britain 1974-'76. We also consider the possibility that the Labour party's industrial policy was a real solution to economic crisis of the 70s.

Comment on the murder of the staff of the French comic magazine Charlie Hebdo:

As a radical publisher I am compelled to stand in solidarity with these French comrades and announce that "Je Suis Charlie." More than that I'd want to point out that standing with liberty means precisely standing with the satirists and whether it's Stephen Colbert, Stewart Lee, Jonathan Swift, or the Charlie Hebdo twelve the obligation is the same. Drawings of monkeys, prophets, or assholes should not stifle our outrage at religious terrorists any more than the crimes these reactionaries should push us into the arms of Le Pen.

The music and voices you'll hear in this podcast include an amateur string quartet covering the 1979 hit "Funky Town" by Lipps Incorporated, the voice of Brendan Cooney, Esai Morales performing the Internationale on the piano, Harry Partch's "And On The Seventh Day Petals Fell In Petaluma," and Chris Isto White's "Six Composition in Pastel."

Jasun Horsley offers his first bout of "Liminalist" musings at the close of this episode.

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