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September 29, 2015

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Joan

Seriously, brace those loins for impact.

Wow. I admire his ambition. :-)

Sam

Adam Barr... dismissed criticism of the protest as “reactionary bourgeois drivel”

All working class people talk like that, don't they?

Captain Nemo

"son of a company director from East Yorkshire"

Opressed proletariat indeed.

mojo

Pink hair, a classic warning sign provided by benevolent nature. It says "Careful! Lunacy Ahead" to those who approach. The lady (I'm feeling generous) has absolutely no idea what she's blathering on about. Quick, offer her tenure!

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

I'm sure the Shoreditch rioters gentrified the place themselves, driving out a previous generation of residents. I wonder if anybody in that previous generation is still alive, and how they felt about being gentrified out of their neighborhood.

steveaz

Muriels? You don't say?!

You took the words right out of my mouth!

JuliaM

"...the invading hordes that have taken over Shoreditch..."

Whew! Thank goodness he didn't say 'swarm'. That could have been awkward.

Darleen

In California all the handwringing is so much Kabuki Theater.

The socialists that run this state have no intention of letting free market determine housing. Where's the graft and opportunity for social posturing?

When Gov Jerry Moonbeam Brown was Attorney General he sued counties for the audacity of approving developments for single family homes.

What? The hoi polloi would like a YARD?? And a garage for their OWN CAR?? Not acceptable!

The Neo-feudalists want the great unwashed masses to live cheek by jowl in dense complexes, take public transportation and limit any travel -- for Mother Gaia's sake, of course.

The hatred and contempt held by the Best People in Frisco, El-Lay & Sacramento towards the suburbs and rural inland areas knows no bounds.

Connor

she explains that her academic role entails “not trying to find out something.” Instead, her purpose is to “challenge” the “negative stereotypes” of rough council housing neighbourhoods.

Is she also challenging the negative stereotypes of leftwing sociologists?

David

Is she also challenging the negative stereotypes of leftwing sociologists?

Clearly.

But then she is, in her own mind, a “rebel ethnographer.” One who compares her friends’ menacing of local residents and the trashing of a small café with the overthrow of apartheid.

The fact that Dr McKenzie isn’t terribly articulate, and perhaps not terribly bright, helps reveal some of the conceits common to her type. Although paid as an academic, an educator, she seems to think of herself chiefly as an activist, a “class war” agitator, someone whose function (and destiny) is to enlighten us politically. She sees herself as qualified to “challenge” the assumptions of others, even while inadvertently confirming them. And if you poke through her tweets, you’ll see she gets quite indignant and condescending when anyone questions her assumptions, pretensions and failures of logic.

Anna

she explains that her academic role entails “not trying to find out something.”

Are we doing affirmative action for idiots now?

mojo

Ah, Les...

"What's the difference between a poofter and a microwave? The microwave doesn't brown you meat."

Stick that in your PC pipe and smoke it.

David

Are we doing affirmative action for idiots now?

Apparently. But no, we mustn’t mention the Clown Quarter’s lowering of academic standards. Such that this incompetent, bewildered woman is now a research fellow at the LSE. And bear in mind the University of Nottingham thought that the video linked above, in which Dr McKenzie rambles aimlessly and struggles with the word mural, was suitable for advertising its sociology department and “centre for advanced studies.” Evidently, those are the lofty standards they expect of employees.

Joan

Speaking of standards...

"A school which told pupils not to worry about exams has been given the lowest possible Ofsted rating after pupils told inspectors 'No one minds if we don't do our best work'."

http://thylacosmilus.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/you-mean-trendy-bullshit-doesnt-produce.html

Hugh

Yes, muriels. Hilda Ogden had one.

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David, your friend Zoe Williams tries to do economics.

http://order-order.com/2015/09/29/zoe-williams-magic-money-tree/

Rafi

And Dr McKenzie does all this, quite earnestly, while a police helicopter rumbles overhead.

Priceless.

David

Priceless.

Well, she is quite hard to parody. I mean, what would you change to make it funnier or more damning? Here we have a supposed intellectual, one who blathers incoherently about “neo-liberal structures” and “paradigms of social justice,” who struggles with the word mural and even basic spelling, who obliviously undermines her own claims, who happily describes her job as “not trying to find out something,” and who sees her role as that of an activist “challenging” values of which she admits to being totally ignorant.

And who is nonetheless employed by supposedly statusful academic institutions.

bilbaoboy

Yes, David

Makes my daughter's Master's degree from the said august institution look dodgier than I thought.

Watcher In The Dark

This thing about the left imagining 'the workers' want something else amuses me. When snooker's world championship finals came to the Crucible in Sheffield in the 70s, it actually wasn't a huge hit straight off: one could call in at the theatre at lunchtime as I used to and find a seat to watch a couple of frames. But, it did take off and now there's never a seat to be had any time thanks to the interests of the 'working man' who quickly learned how to book ahead.

But what was funny was some correct leftbot from the University earnestly writing in some lefty rag that the 'working man of Sheffield wants to see plays about social issues' rather than watch 'billiards' (in his words). Well, the working man doesn't go much to see any social issue diatribes at the Crucible, though they might turn out for a good musical or a comedy.

Oh, hang on, aren't 'plays about social issues' just comedies?

R. Sherman

The Neo-feudalists want the great unwashed masses to live cheek by jowl in dense complexes, take public transportation and limit any travel -- for Mother Gaia's sake, of course.

My career necessitates a certain familiarity with land use regulations and I've represented developers in various contexts and before various public entities. The worthies who continually spout words like "sustainability" do not appreciate one pointing out their environmental sanctimony has the incidental effect of increasing the value of their own homes and creating enclaves of the well-to-do by keeping the uppity middle class in their proper place.

Karen M

Seriously, brace those loins for impact.

The loins say no.

wtp

Zoe Williams: “Of course there is a money tree, it’s called the Bank of England. That’s how countries make money.”

What's most sad is that she doesn't understand how right she is.

David

Kristian Niemietz on the Shoreditch protests and why they happen:

It is important to note that anti-gentrification protesters almost never have deep roots in the neighbourhood where they now want to pull up the drawbridge. They are an earlier wave of newcomers; more precisely, they are people who moved to the area before it became popular. They are what marketing folks call the ‘early adopters’… When anti-gentrification protesters claim that smashing up shops is an expression of love for the poor and vulnerable, I don’t take it at face value. I am more inclined to see them as a group of early adopters who once acquired a powerful status signal, who have seen the value of that signal steadily eroded, and who now try desperately to restore some of its value. (You can also explain Political Correctness along the same lines.)

wtp

They are an earlier wave of newcomers; more precisely, they are people who moved to the area before it became popular.

Of course each and every neighborhood has its own unique history, but these anti-gentrification protests, be they violent or simply political, react as if the neighborhood was always run down. In many, if not most, cases the neighborhood was once new and/or prosperous until it got run down by the very kind of people now doing the protesting. Consider Times Square in NYC. It was a popular entertainment and such district before it became overrun with porn theaters, drug addicts, prostitutes and such in the 60's/70's/80's. When Mayor Giuliani and others focused attention on what had become of the place, started policing at the level policing had been done before the decline, cleaned up the place, and brought in new businesses more in line with the traditional Times Square, the leftist douches cried as if it somehow "belonged" to them even though they didn't own squat.

Chester Draws

Such working class support that there is for anti-gentrification is generally focused on the inevitable rise in rents. Who complains otherwise that the area they are living in is getting nicer?

Hal

Nowhere has there been so much hand-wringing over a lack of “affordable housing” as among politicians and others in coastal California. And nobody has done more to make housing unaffordable than those same politicians and their supporters…

and

In California all the handwringing is so much Kabuki Theater.

Weeeelllll . . . both claims are nice and convenient bits of Kabuki theatre . . .

It's been awhile since I read through the article, but the situation being a mess is indeed what some actual politicians actually are trying to solve . . . which politicians certainly can be a bit of discussion, but kabuki style posturing of right wing liberals and left wing liberals certainly fail as they always do . . . .

How Burrowing Owls Lead To Vomiting Anarchists (Or SF’s Housing Crisis Explained)

It doesn’t have to be this way. But everyone who lives in the Bay Area today needs to accept responsibility for making changes where they live so that everyone who wants to be here, can.
. . .
This is a complex problem, and I’m not going to distill it into young, rich tech douchebags-versus-helpless old ladies facing eviction. There are many other places where you can read that story.

It does us all no justice.

1) First off, understand the math of the region. . . . .

Hal

It's been awhile since I read through the article,

Oh!

In fact, now that I am having a reread, what do I find . . . .

This is a phenomenon that’s happening to cities all over the United States.

It’s happening in Seattle, Atlanta, New York City, Boston and Washington. D.C.:

Its rapacious speed may even be accelerating. Witness hyper-gentrification in Brooklyn and Manhattan, or the “Shoreditch-ification” of London.

Etc.

Spiny Norman

Lessee, once a neighborhood becomes squalid, it must remain so - except the middle class suburban taxpayer must pay for the clean up of the "social activists" squats.

Is that how it's supposed to work?

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

Poor Lisa. You can tell she's the way she is because of her looks.

sH2

'Class war' protest backfires. :-)

http://www.samizdata.net/2015/10/class-war-pillocks-do-wonders-for-a-hipster-business-they-hate/

Bessie

"The Cereal Killer café is a legitimate target for protest as a symbol of the invading hordes that have taken over Shoreditch"

Wow, that's presumptious. My husband was actually born in Shoreditch and brought up spitting distance away, and he certainly doesn't see gentrification as a takeover by "invading hordes". This summer he was quite unreasonably pleased to see that the old wood factory at the back yard of his childhood home in Hackney is now leased by an upmarket furniture designer with the same surname as him. It may be a distant cousin from the same background, whose family moved away and invested in education, but who has now come home.

Rafi

She's back!

"Dr Lisa Mckenzie, a research fellow at the London School of Economics, branded the museum sexist in its portrayal of women killed by the Ripper. She said the owners could expect to be surrounded by up to 200 protesters while she will be in the ranks of the so-called Women’s Death Brigade, whose slogan is “f*** capitalism f*** patriarchy”. The demonstration at the museum in Cable Street on Sunday is being masterminded by Class War, which targeted the Cereal Killer Cafe in Shoreditch last weekend in an anti-gentrification protest."

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/womens-death-brigade-to-march-on-controversial-jack-the-ripper-museum-a3071111.html

sk60

The demonstration at the museum in Cable Street on Sunday is being masterminded by Class War, which targeted the Cereal Killer Cafe in Shoreditch last weekend

Someone should open the Museum of Hilarious Leftwing Stupidity. A new exhibition every Tuesday.

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