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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Austerity and the mass disciplining of the poor

Naomi Klein writes in The Nation about last week's riots - 'the Tories are right when they say the rioting is not about the cuts. But it has a great deal to do with what those cuts represent: being cut off. Locked away in a ballooning underclass with the few escape routes previously offered - a union job, a good affordable education - being rapidly sealed off. The cuts are a message. They are saying to whole sectors of society: you are stuck where you are, much like the migrants and refugees we turn away at our increasingly fortressed borders': http://www.thenation.com/article/162809/daylight-robbery-meet-nighttime-robbery