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(en) Britain, Direct Action # 35 - DruggedSociety - Contents + EDITORIAL

Date Tue, 23 Aug 2005 15:08:18 +0300

• Stoned immaculate?
Action & comment
• Workplace bullying
• A dangerous development
• Labour troubles ahead
• Brown nose day
ON THE EDGE – Centra strike; Migrant workers; RSI; Text for victory; Deserters; Stress kills;
Doesn’t add up; The CCTV don’t work; £900,000 fine no deterrent for Shell International
• Spain; Croatia…
• Colombia
• South Africa; Japan; Bangladesh


• Oil, the dollar & resisting capitalism


• Agony column (NEW); Radical webcasting


• A ‘Wobbly’ Century. The IWW celebrates its
centenary this year


Features • Lancashire Reclaim May Day; Eastfield – Urban
Rail Punk; Leave me Alone – Joanna Stephanie Gore/Lib Ed

Books and pamphlets • How mumbo jumbo conquered the world
– Francis Wheen; If ordinary people behaved like… – Polyp

Music • Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys – Empty House; The
Ex – Turn; Eastfield – Express Train to Doomsville; Jello
Biafra with the Melvins – Never Breathe what you can’t See;
Blaze Foley – Oval Room; Various Artists – States of Abuse;
Asian Dub Foundation – Tank; Umlaut – Total


• The Daily Drugs; War on Drugs Fails to Score
• The ‘Talk to Frank’ Website – Frankly, a Load of
Bull Shite
• Just in Case you might be a Drug Dealer
• Consumer culture


• State Sponsored Druggery

Stoned immaculate?

This issue has many enlightening articles about ‘drugs’.
Info on how to get them, and what to do with them when you have -
this is all available in government publications found in any school,
clinic, or unemployed drop-in centre. But we treat you like adults
and assume you know all that already. The articles here show how
‘drugs’ can be about much more than those, like
‘smack’ and ‘coke’, that our ‘glorious
leaders’ love to spread scare stories about in the Daily Liars.

There’s a history of drugs, including the role of the state in
promoting some and banning others so they can keep control of the
workers and make loads of money while they’re at it (‘State
Sponsored Druggery’, page 18). ‘Talk to Frank’, the
government’s latest wheeze to get kids to shop anyone they
think is an ‘evil druggy’ (including their mothers) and stay
pure, comes in for a bit of a hammering (‘The ‘Talk to
Frank Website’ - Frankly, a Load of Bull Shite’, page 6). So
too do the ‘dream drugs’ of advertising to kids (‘...’,
page 22) and the prejudice peddling ‘news’ papers for us
adults (‘The Daily Drugs’, page 4).

As well as all this there’s the usual mix of topical articles - on
asbestos and land developers (‘A Dangerous Development’,
page 10); ‘ workplace bullying’ (page 9); activism and
charity (‘Brown Nose Day’, page 8), Blair’s election
victory (‘Labour Troubles Ahead’). You can’t beat the
breadth of stimulation in a dose of DA.

There’s even stuff from around the globe... . Meanwhile, we
have a version of the IWA’s May Day statement (‘Against
Capitalist Exploitation - Organise and Fight’, page 16) which
shows how capitalism and its need for energy causes seriously
dangerous problems all over the world.

Bringing it down to a local level, there’s also a report on how
May Day went in Lancaster & Preston - where a local drug dealer
has just been ‘caged’ so we’re all saved -
(‘Lancashire Reclaim May Day 2005’, page 24). Alongside
is an interview with Jess from ‘urban rail punk’ band,
Eastfield, who provided two slices of the entertainment at the
Lancaster and Preston events (page 25).

If that’s not enough there’s a history of the American IWW
for your bedtime reading (‘A Wobbly Century’, page 30),
along with letters, reviews and a brand new ‘agony’ column
(’Ask Auntie Ana’, page 23) and she’s eagerly waiting
to hear about your problems and worries so don’t be shy. Also
don’t forget to look at the ads and notices in our
‘resources’ section (pages 34-5) as something might get you

The DA collective hopes you enjoy the read and learn something
about anarcho-syndicalism in the process.

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