The young generation aren’t apathetic


Resist! Against a Precarious Future

Third book in the Radical Future series

Ray Filar (ed)

The young generation aren’t apathetic. We’re disenfranchised, under or unemployed, insecure and anxious. But we’re also angry. We know there are alternatives to the political consensus, but voices calling for comprehensive radical changes are ignored. We urgently need new forms of collective organisation. In the run up to the 2015 General Election, this third book in the Radical Future series looks at young peoples’ resistance to what passes for politics.

Mainstream politics has failed the young: our political system is fundamentally bankrupt. We have much to stand against, but little to vote for. The coalition government openly prioritises economic gain for the few above the lives of the many, allowing UKIP to repurpose frustration from rising inequality into racist bigotry. Instead of providing structural opposition, the Labour Party tear themselves apart in their failure to do anything different. Growing numbers identify with the Left, but the institutions that once supported it are old, stagnant, and sectarian. When we do manage to create mass resistance, we come up against the state through the police: physically and legally. It’s easy to lose the belief we can create change.

In this climate, the vital protest movements of recent years seem long gone. The message is clear: the neoliberals have won.

In our third book, on the cusp of an election that feels like an irrelevance, the Radical Future collective take up this thread. Each author’s chapter seeks to re-engage with radical alternative politics: values like social justice, liberation and collectivity. Bringing together contributors from different fields and perspectives means that we don’t all argue for the same thing. But the question that we are all asking is: How can we fight back?

Ray Filar is a contributing editor at openDemocracy magazine. Their freelance journalism has been published in The GuardianThe Times, the Times Literary Supplement and the New Statesman, among others.


Preface – Ben Little
Introduction: What the fuck is to be done? – Ray Filar
1. Crisis as opportunity: re-imagining the future of work – Rhiannon Colvin
2. Young people and employment: challenging Workfare and dead end jobs – Craig Berry 
3. Plan F and the care crisis: why we need feminist economics – Polly Trenow
4. Community organising after the London Riots – Wail Qasim
5. A crisis in housing: co-operatives in Edinburgh and Birmingham – Mike Shaw and Sean Farmelo
6. Focus E15 mums and the Aylesbury occupation – Izzy Köksal
7. Scotland’s referendum and the politics of the future – Niki Seth-Smith
8. Breaking the rule of generation Y – Adam Ramsay
9. What would a better democracy look like? – Sarah Allan
10. What the frack? Resurgent environmentalism in the UK – Robbie Gillett
11. Securing the environment’s future – Matt Adam Williams
12. Going mainstream: counterculture and alternative media – Deborah Grayson 
13. The selfish generation: anxiety and belonging in a digital world – Noel Hatch 
14. Who groks Spock? Emotion in the neoliberal market – Matthew Cheeseman 

Thanks to Crowdfunding there is a free digital version: Download pdf

Paperback : £13.99

Publisher: Lawrence & Wishart


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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