Rebecca Short

If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep

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Rebecca Short reviews a new play that depicts the long-term effects of austerity and how it can be fought

Anders Lustgarten's new play, If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep, shows the destruction of the British welfare state at the hands of the Tory-led coalition. Lustgarten came to prominence in 2010 with his play about New Labour and the BNP, A Day at the Racists.

The People Speak

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Anthony Arnove and David Horspool are co-editors of a new book of speeches and writings by British rebels and radicals from 1066 to the present. They spoke to Rebecca Short and Estelle Cooch


Tell us a bit about the project.


Anthony Arnove: It really began in 1980 with the book that Howard Zinn wrote called A People's History of the United States. That book really changed the way that people in the US think about history and the way history is taught.

An interesting moment happened in 1997 when Matt Damon, who grew up next to Howard Zinn in Boston, wrote a scene into the film Good Will Hunting where he mentions the book.

The Point is to Change It

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John Molyneux

The economic crisis that began with the financial meltdown in the US spreading rapidly across the world has, of course, also led to an upsurge of struggle.

We have seen revolutions that have toppled dictators, general strikes that have brought down governments, and occupations of factories and workplaces. Such complex political situations require all activists, from the most seasoned to the most fledgling, to have a clear analysis and an understanding of how to relate to the struggle.

Palestinians in Israel

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Ben White

Ben White's second book, Palestinians in Israel looks at an often overlooked element of the Palestinian struggle, the lives of Palestinians living in Israel.

In all aspects of their lives they are treated as second class citizens by the Israeli state. While reluctantly given Israeli citizenship, Palestinians are prevented from being given Israeli "nationality".

Margin Call

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Margin Call is a new blockbuster directed by JC Chandor, starring Kevin Spacey and Demi Moore. It's set at the beginning of the banking crisis in 2008. The film gives an inside view of a Lehman Brothers style investment bank over the 24 hours during which they realise that the firm is on the brink of collapse.

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