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Paul Cammack

derived exclusively from the logic of capitalist accumulation and exploitation. In contrast, neo-liberalism looks to an active state first to restore and then to maintain and extend the conditions within which the logic of capitalist reproduction can work to the full. In this context, an essential component of its project – reflected in the claim that ‘there is no alternative’ – is

in The Third Way and beyond
A short account of the Revolutionary Communist Party
Michael Fitzpatrick

drew attention to the absence of ‘a clear divide between left and right, or between parties representing different social classes’: There is no great clash of competing visions of the future for humanity. Instead, all shades of opinion within mainstream politics now appear to agree that there is no alternative. That general lack of belief in the possibility of changing things for the better has itself become the central issue of our times.54 In the 1980s, the RCP had run candidates in elections as a focus for campaigning and party-building activities. Now, in the

in Waiting for the revolution
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Antigoni Memou

celebrated triumph and its TINA (‘there is no alternative’) doctrine. The uprising of the Ejército Zapatista Liberación Nacional (The Zapatista Army of National Liberation – EZLN) against the Mexican army and the federal government was a ‘cry of dignity’ and demanded land, food, housing, health, education and work for the communities.24 Their goals were not restricted to local or even parochial problems, but were more universal. Their demands for democracy and their concerns about neoliberalism and its subsequent economic injustices intersected with environmental issues

in Photography and social movements
Marxism and post-modernity
Paul Blackledge

.35 For his part, Harvey believed that while the ideology of flexible accumulation could best be understood as a capitalist strategy designed to increase profits by winning workers to the idea that, in Thatcher’s famous phrase, ‘there is no alternative’, it could not be reduced to such a strategy: something had changed at the level of the labour process. Indeed, the important changes to the labour process had made it harder to sustain ‘unionisation and traditional “left politics”’.36 Revisiting these arguments a decade later, Harvey made two points that are of

in Reflections on the Marxist theory of history
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A sociologist of hope or a prophet of gloom?
Ali Rattansi

Finland, Utrecht and Ontario becomes available. The idea is also being discussed by Labour parties in Britain and New Zealand. Bauman’s pessimism and the poverty of alternatives to TINA At the same time as Bauman raged against TINA (‘there is no alternative’), it is only too obvious that he seldom offered any concrete alternatives to the present. In what sense could his be a sociology of hope? How could he claim to be defamiliarising a taken-forgranted, reified, naturalised world when he felt that consumerist delusion had seeped so deeply into culture and personality

in Bauman and contemporary sociology
Recollections of war
Philip Gillett

functions as emotional catalyst, capturing the sense of getting on with things because there is no alternative and giving audiences the opportunity to empathise with characters’ ways of coping. In C. A. Lejeune’s words, ‘Again and again the audience is left to resolve its own tensions: an operation that is painful, unusual and good for the soul.’ 17 Drazin sums up ‘Puffin’ Asquith’s acceptance of his failure

in The British working class in postwar film
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Thoreau in the city
Alison Hulme

lose, in fact there is no alternative. This book, and indeed all those who are currently discussing these issues, are naive in a knowing way –​a stance one might usefully call wilful naivety. There are a number of aspects that are key to this vision, and what follows will provide a brief explanation and thinking on each. First, the new society of thrift as thriving requires collective commodities and a solid commitment to maintaining them as collective. By collective commodities what is meant is those goods and services provisioned and consumed primarily by

in A brief history of thrift
Christy Kulz

obliterate dreams, but encourages and inculcates an expansive belief in dreams through its training. However these future imaginaries are narrow and individualised. Dreams of a successful self who enacts normative values becomes the only dream possible or worth having. As Massey described, neoliberalism effectively alters the ‘scaffolding of our imagination’ by changing the way we perceive ourselves Remaking inequalities in the neoliberal institution173 and what it is possible to do and to be. The idea that there is no alternative to this format is powerfully evidenced

in Factories for learning
Sam Haddow

bailed out, with losses of hundreds of millions. The show ends with all performers reciting a speech in unison, where they exhort us to ‘re-​establish [your customers’] trust. Remind them that there is no alternative.’ ‘There is no alternative’ is a phrase commonly attributed to Margaret Thatcher in her description of neoliberalism as the sole option for the management of the global economy (Robinson, 7 March 2013). The purpose of £¥€$ was clear –​by operating under gameplay rules that reflected a simplified version of the principles of advanced capitalism, the show

in Precarious spectatorship
A new church for the unhoused
Michael Cronin

’s different faith traditions (more particularly, the dominant faith traditions). In this Punch and Judy show of the Ancients and the Moderns, the enemy is alternatively the godless or the God-​fearing Other. The effect of this false dichotomy is to conceal the very considerable overlap in concerns and values between believers and progressive secularists; notably, the mortal danger posed to both by what might be termed market totalitarianism. To contend that there is no alternative to the Market is to argue, in effect, that democracy is meaningless. Democracy, if it is to

in Tracing the cultural legacy of Irish Catholicism