Nothing to Bragg About

bragg Very sad to say it, but in his pathetic analysis of the steet rebellion in the UK, my idol Billy Bragg actually attributes it in part to “exclusion from consumerist society.”

Billy, my friend, what in hell are you doing using that word “consumerist?”

It’s a rather obvious euphemism for “capitalist,” mate.

Pull your head out, and stop growing old in the brain.

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Hi Michael, If Bragg’s comment is making you angry, maybe you’d better not read ‘The London Riots – On Consumerism coming Home to Roost’ in which sociologist Zygmunt Bauman argues: ‘We are all consumers now, consumers first and foremost, consumers by right and by duty. The day after the 11/9 outrage George W. Bush, when calling Americans to get over the trauma and go back to normal, found no better words than “go back shopping”. It is the level of our shopping activity and the ease with which we dispose of one object of consumption in order to replace it… Read more »

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Fair enough to complain about what B.Brag had to say, but, without knowing exactly what’s going on, I have been struck by the impression that many relatively upscale shops have been targeted–though here again I cannot be sure of the accuracy of this impression. London contains enough individuals whose material comfort is more or less in your face and as a big city there is no shortage of ‘clever’ advertising, so that I could well imagine someone less well off could feel fed up.–or, so I believe, after only one brief visit. But I checked your blog because I had… Read more »

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Mark Lovas

Correction: B.Bragg

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At the risk of over- explaining, Loic Wacquant had some very interesting things to say about car burning in France a few years ago. I would like to see an analysis of similar quality about what’s going on in England.