"There is tenderness only in the coarsest demand: that no-one shall go hungry any more" – Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (1974: 156)
It was probably a combination of shock and anger which has prevented me from posting until now on last week’s student protests. Considerable ink has already been spilled on the matter and it has to be said that the mainstream media has been found totally wanting (notwithstanding the BBC’s Paul Mason and his interesting report on the new ‘dubstep rebellion‘). I don’t have much to add here right now though I do hope to post in the future on the ontology of crowds and the practice of ‘kettling’ as a new mobile and violent form of temporary enclosure.
On the subject of the protests, there are a number of posts and commentaries on the ‘net and in the blogosphere that are certainly worth reading. K-Punk’s lengthy reflection is a must read and a welcome rejoinder to what passes for ‘analysis’ among the (allegedly) liberal commentariat. I would also check out the following post from Lenin’s Tomb and a photo-essay by Nina Power at Infinite Thought. There is a lengthy eye-witness account by Andrew Fisher that makes for grim reading while Laurie Penny’s compelling report on what it was like inside the kettle is equally sobering. Peter Hallward’s commentary in the THES is worth checking out as well.