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Concentrated Power and Consequences - Clive Menzies
7pm to 9pm on Tuesday 28th October 2014
The Venue, (floor -2 in the basement) LSE Student Union
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, 1 Sheffield Street, WC2A 2AP

An interactive workshop to explore the inevitable, damaging and destructive consequences of concentrated power. Initially, attendees will form small groups to agree the biggest challenges facing our civilisation. We will then discuss the three most cited challenges in the context of the Political Economy, based on research and analysis by Critical Thinking at the Free University.

Event program: Concentrated Power and Consequences (,pdf download)

The following interview with explains more about Critical Thinking, its origins and its progress to date.


Lessons from Libya

The UN responsibility to protect mandate (R2P) destroyed an independent, egalitarian Libya in which women's rights, universal healthcare and education were a given.The real agenda was always regime change because Muammar Gaddafi dared to work for African unity (threatening US hegemony) and independence from the ruling clique (RC) agenda.

Libya: From Africa’s Richest State Under Gaddafi, to Failed State After NATO Intervention By Garikai Chengu

This week marks the three-year anniversary of the Western-backed assassination of Libya’s former president, Muammar Gaddafi, and the fall of one of Africa’s greatest nations.

In 1967 Colonel Gaddafi inherited one of the poorest nations in Africa; however, by the time he was assassinated, Gaddafi had turned Libya into Africa’s wealthiest nation. Libya had the highest GDP per capita and life expectancy on the continent. Less people lived below the poverty line than in the Netherlands.

Reconciling the irreconcilable

Drone warfare is an extension of the computer game industry. Hot shot gamers are recruited to kill. Yet there remains a disconnect between their own and their families' understanding of what they do and the reality for their innocent victims.

My Grandson Doesn't Kill Children By Joy First
What Happens When You Talk With Americans About Drone Murders

"This story really illustrates the disconnect and denial going on in our society, about how much we want to believe that we are the good guys, that we wouldn’t hurt others.  Yet, people are dying all around the world as a result of our government’s policies.  It seems like there are not enough people speaking out against what is going on because so many people refuse to really look at the death and destruction our military is leaving all around the globe.  It is so much easier to close our eyes.  I think this was a genuinely good man that I talked to, and there are so many good people like him.  How do we get these good people to wake up and join the fight, to be able to admit to and take responsibility for the horrors that our government, and we, are perpetrating around the world?"

The (psychological) shackles which bind us and the scales which blind us must be cast aside if we are to make sense of the world.

Respect to Occupy

For an update @ 13:00 hours (BST) on Sunday 19th October 2014 from Occupy Democracy - click here

From its gestation on Wall Street on 17th September 2011, via its spread around the world from Occupy London Stock Exchange in the UK, to Occupy Central in Hong Kong today, Occupy has shifted the debate on the Political Economy.

On Friday evening, Occupy Democracy (UK) occupied Parliament Square in London demanding Real Democracy Now and establishing a 9 day camp adjacent to the square to facilitate debate about the absence of effective representation and the corporate takeover of government. Returning to the square on Saturday morning, the occupation continued into the night until the police attempted to remove citizens exercising their democratic rights and freedoms. At 21:50 UK time, this appeal went out:

Breaking: London police attempting to violently and illegally evict peaceful #OccupyDemocracy protestors from Parliament Square