The New London Putney Debates began with a reflection on the history of activism and its achievements in the UK, followed by reflections on the environment, the economy, the Media and the increasing repression of protest in a so-called Democracy. The invitation circulated by David Dewhurst read: “We know our… »
After the ongoing Occupy Democracy protests at Parliament Square, ending on October 26th, Occupy London will continue to push for real democracy with The New Putney Debates. It will overturn discredited narratives of the political mainstream, and examine democratic pathways to social, economic and ecological justice. The New Putney Debates… »
This is a summary of the sessions that took place within the framework of the New Putney Debates in London Oct/Nov 2012. Although Occupy seems to have disappeared from the public radar (aka Big Media) after the St Paul’s Cathedral campsite eviction, the Working Groups formed during the occupation months… »
With presentations about the most pressing problems in the areas of Economy and (lack of) Real Democracy the New Putney Debates pick up the thread of revolutionary thinking that commenced in 1647, 365 years ago. The two weeks of sessions will culminate in a new “Agreement of the People”… »
“The only certain thing, death and taxes” (unless you are a big corporation in the UK). The Putney Debates strike back
First stated by Daniel Defoe, in The Political History of the Devil, 1726: “Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believed.” Benjamin Franklin in 1789, gave it its current form: “‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Is death… »
Changing times, same needs: The Putney Debates and London Occupy Assemblies In 1647 England witnessed a remarkable moment, a revolutionary moment in which people demanded universal human rights, the Army attemped to become democratic electing its officers and a spiritual challenge to established power combined with demands for access to… »
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