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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
From imperialism to independence in Malaya
Aaron Edwards

and minds’? Malaya 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 85 that ‘Present conditions in Korea necessitate the use of all available resources and we cannot therefore withdraw a flying boat squadron to Malaya. We are reluctant to take these steps but unfortunately there is no alternative. Presume you will inform General Briggs.’ Mellersh, Air Vice-Marshal Sir Francis, ‘The Campaign Against the Terrorists in Malaya’, lecture delivered on 7 March 1951, The Journal of the Royal United Service Institute, Vol. 96, No. 583 (August 1951

in Defending the realm?
British and French colonial discourses on education for development in the interwar period
Walter Schicho

considered it to be an essential element of ‘colonial interests and control’. The above quoted example on ‘cleanliness’ is a good example of this discursive strand. Social evolution is closely bound to Western education – there is no alternative to it from the colonial point of view, but in promoting female education Guggisberg ignored that

in Developing Africa
Emily J. Manktelow

upon yourself. Taking into consideration the flagrant character and conduct of your elder children, and the almost certain risqué [ sic ] of the younger ones being contaminated by their example, and that the evil influence will thus be extended, we consider there is no alternative but your return with those of your household who [are] under your control, to the Colony of New South Wales … Henry was informed that ‘the future support afforded by this Society must depend on his immediate

in Missionary families
Anandi Ramamurthy

train represents, since its locomotive pulls the train. As there is no alternative represented in the image, it is the ideology of capitalism that is seen to offer a better life, whether in colony or Commonwealth. ‘Power is the business of English Electric . . . bringing you a better life’ is the advertising slogan, which summarises the arguments at the bottom of the page. While their role in supplying

in Imperial persuaders
Class, gender and the licensing of transgression
Will Jackson

were liable to remain barred from reprieve. ‘It follows’, wrote the Commissioner, ‘that a point is reached in the career of the known wastrel when he or she is refused all further help and there is no alternative but a vagrancy charge. In the meantime he or she may resort to ‘nefarious business’. With a criminal conviction, moreover, an individual was unlikely to gain further employment. ‘Idleness in

in Madness and marginality
Brian Lewis

a widespread intellectual disdain for the common people’s reasoning power. ‘Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.’ Advertising agencies, just as much as political parties, perform an essential service: they narrow our choices by attempting to capture our minds for some idea, policy or commodity. This open competition for hearts and minds is preferable to committees of wise men making decisions for us. In a democratic society there is no alternative. Universal

in ‘So clean’
Repeal, 1840–45
Christine Kinealy

war, but above all civil war, yet there is no alternative which I do not think preferable to the dismemberment of this empire.121 This proclamation angered Repealers but was welcomed by conservatives in Ireland.122 For O’Connell, it amounted to a challenge to his political leadership, especially if Peel was willing to match his words with action.123 O’Connell responded with even more inflammatory language. Speaking in Mallow on 11 June 1843, he told his followers, ‘The time is coming when we must be doing. You may have the alternative to live as slaves or die as

in Repeal and revolution