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'Imagine a Boot Stamping on a Human Face... - or Givin’ it Str8 on da St8': Socialism and the State in the 21st Century

'Imagine a Boot Stamping on a Human Face... - or Givin’ it Str8 on da St8': Socialism and the State in the 21st Century
Summer School 2015 - 'New Perspectives on Socialism'

Venue: Fircroft College, Birmingham

Recorded: 
Sunday, 26 July 2015

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Policing the Crisis

Summer School 2012 – ‘Protest’

Harborne Hall, Birmingham

Recorded: 
Saturday, 7 July 2012

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The Police v. The Police

The capitalist Press has been busy explaining to Simple Simon that the action of the police in "breaking their oath" is not only mutiny, but "a crime." Of course, it is always a crime when the bulldog turns and rends its master's hand, notwithstanding that that hand was doing things with a stick. But there is another side to the question.

During the long period when the workers were more somnolent than they are now, and that condition was reflected in a far more incomplete organisation and a far greater trust in and submission to their union officials, the bosses were not so much afraid of the "labour unrest" as they are to-day. Consequently they did not attach the same importance to the bobby as they do now, and they made the mistake of paying him accordingly.

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