This collection of essays analyses politics through the prism of generation, with contributors addressing and suggesting possible solutions to intergenerational political injustice.
Defining the world’s young people as those born after 1979 – a hugely symbolic moment in the history of globalisation – Regeneration reflects on the massive growth of ingenerational protest across the globe thirty years later and interprets contemporary politics through a generational lens.
The incapacity of the major political parties in Britain to think beyond their short-term electoral interests is particularly harmful for those at the beginning of their adult lives. It has led to failures to act on climate change, savage cutbacks in education and training, an acute shortage of housing, cuts in youth services, and, for many, the prospect of an old age without pensions. And things continue to deteriorate.
But, as Shiv Malik argues in his preface, a diagnosis of the problem does not absolve the young from taking responsibility for developing solutions. We need more than ‘a whinge of epic proportions’. This book also has plenty of ideas for changing the future.
Part of the Radical Future e-book series.
Foreword – Shiv Malik
Introduction: Bliss it was to be alive – Guy Shrubsole and Clare Coatman
1. New thinking
Rebuilding society from the bottom up – Adam Ramsay & Peter McColl
Learning to be poorer yet more powerful – Noel Hatch
In the dead of the night – Matthew Cheeseman
Forget markets: it’s ownership that really matters – Ben Little
The case for a new economics – Charlie Young and Rina Kuusipaolo
Environmentalism as if climate change didn’t matter – Richard George
The feminist evolution: queer feminism for the next generation – Ray Filar
Democracy beyond Westminster – Becky Luff
2. New ways of organising
Reflecting on the student movement – a dialogue between Guy Aitchison and Jeremy Gilbert
Organising with others, not for them – George Gabriel
The children of the children of the revolution – Tim Gee
A bottelon sin alcohol: the indignados and the reinvention of public sociability – Paolo Gerbaudo
UK Uncut: a case study in activism – Chris Coltrane
Comic: The secret origin of UK Uncut! – John Miers
3. New policies
A contract between generations: pensions and saving – Craig Berry
‘Overqualified and underemployed’: young people, education and the economy – Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley
Radical learning and learning to be a bit radical – Jamie Audsley and Jim O’Connell
Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit: social enterprise and the not-for-profit economy – David Floyd
Beyond saving the NHS: the future of our health – Christo Albor and Guppi Bola
All the news that’s fit to sell: reforming the media for the next generation – Tim Holmes
Those yet to be born: representing the rights of future generations – Kirsty Schneeberger
Conclusion: Why should we care? – Deborah Grayson
Poem: Protest – David Floyd
‘The contributors to this book are constantly looking to change the world and their energy is inexhaustible. If you want to know what the future might look like, this book is a good start because they’ll be shaping it.’
‘The lost generation isn’t prepared to wait to be found. Regeneration is a timely and necessary collection, and it shows today’s youth politics at its best: angry, informed and able to imagine alternatives to a system that offers us none.’