Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Criminalizing the Public Sphere

George Monbiot in today's Guardian.

Not only is the personal political, the political is personal. Control does not recognize boundaries. We are increasingly on the receiving end of a war not on terror but on nonconformity. Whether you're a (New Age) traveller, a hoodie wearer rendering all those expensive cctv systems worthless, a raver with a preference for unauthorised or unsupervised parties, or just a horrid spotty morose teenager hanging around by the shops without buying anything, your abnormal behaviour and deviant lifestyle are regarded not as a personal choice but as resistance. Why don't you get a job and learn to enjoy consuming stuff?

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