Miscellaneous Links

Non-sex-worker privilege checklist.  Because so much public discourse in this area is at best selective about listening to those most involved.  Though sex worker users are also involved, if more occasionally, and are even less likely to be considered worth listening to.  https://glasgowsexworker.wordpress.com/privilege-checklist/.

Universities are urged to spy on their students for subversive ideas. Subversive ideas are those that challenge the privileged status quo.  I’m not about to blow anyone up, but if my personal experience counts for anything I’m more nearly radicalised by the inexcusable antics of Western powers than by being graciously allowed to think and talk about them; I’m guessing something similar may be true of those who are prepared to blow people up. Stop killing people at a distance, and stop privileging “our” favourite states to disregard the standards of civilised behaviour to which we once pretended to aspire (Israel, Saudi Arabia).  http://www.cageprisoners.com/our-work/opinion-editorial/item/1340-i-think-therefore-i-am-identifying-potential-terrorists-in-british-universities

Cosmopolitanism and Diogenes the Cynic.  http://www.aeonmagazine.com/world-views/nigel-warburton-cosmopolitanism/

Exiting the Vampire Castle. An attempt at understanding why representatives of the Left are worryingly likely to waste energy and solidarity in attacking each other.  http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=11299

The Labour Party, A Left-Wing Think-Tank And The Telegraph – Who’s Telling Porkies?.  The Torygraph launched a story about an alleged Labour plan to take benefits from workless under-25s, based on an unpublished IPPR report.  Now the report has been published, is Labour still likely to take benefits from young people and hand the money to their mates for the usual useless training and support?  http://welfarenewsservice.com/labour-party-left-wing-think-tank-telegraph-whos-telling-porkies/

‘On benefits and proud’? Not for these long-term sickness benefits recipients.  How the media collude with popular misconceptions about benefit claimants.  http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/archives/3763