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Close Them Down! is a vital choice of reflections at the circulate opposed to the 2005 G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland. in addition to motion tales from the frontlines of resistance to the summit, there are special bills of ways numerous points of the mobilisation have been organised, and research of the teachings to be realized. yet close Them Down!’s relevance extends some distance past the Gleneagles adventure. It addresses basic matters corresponding to the character of openness and ‘horizontality’, and the restrictions of the ‘activist’ identification. most crucial of all, close Them Down! poses the query: how do we take these worlds we glimpse in such moments and generalise them in order that they make feel within the remainder of our lives?

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Sachs. Is it possible to be so nice in our discriminations of the ‘good’ versus the ‘bad’ when involved in a process of the primitive accumulation of capital? Can Sachs have forgotten the ‘fire and blood’ that set the stage for the triumph of the Scottish Enlightenment thinkers like David Hume and Adam Smith he so admires: the massacres of the Highlanders at the end of the 1745 rebellion and the clearances that followed throughout the end of the 18th and 19th centuries (so deftly described by Scott in the epigraph of this piece).

4 This ‘difficulty’, arbitrariness and evasion is an old story as far as the notion of poverty is concerned, since the real definition of being poor is that of one who ought not to be alive… according to the rules of the capitalist system… but is! That is, someone who is wageless and propertyless in a monetary society. From the historical moment (some time in the nineteenth century in Europe) when the wage stopped being the badge of the poor (and the stigma of a lack of independence) and began to guarantee the capacity to reproduce the worker within the system, the wageless were logically doomed.

These efforts did bear some fruit. However, half-hearted efforts to garner mainstream media attention were unsuccessful. Bristol’s out-reach crescendoed in April 2005. On April 9, we held our own heavily publicised ‘Info for Action’ conference, with speeches, workshops, art and training. One thousand households near the venue were leafleted, as were some local mosques. 130 people came, although 99% were white. Typically, more attended the evening benefit! On April 16, we ran a stall and workshop at a ‘Don’t agonise, organise’ event, put on by a local charity, African Initiatives, that brought us into contact with the local NGO and charitable types.

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