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Social data


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Social data

Post-capitalism and the network society - Paul Mason

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An excellent talk by my fellow socialist from Leigh, in post-industrial Lancashire, Paul Mason on how the network society has undercut the economic mechanisms of capitalist society. As he says, we are beginning to see clearly how certain modern social trends undercut the possibility of making capital, whether we like it or not. 

Post-capitalism ......in 18 minutes [video]

Why did ordinary people commit atrocities in the Holocaust?

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All first-year criminology students need to read this.  It is about how ordinary people in extraordinary times can commit or assist with mass murder. It is also about the power of the state, the dominant culture and the general zeitgeist in whipping up a kind of collective lunacy that enables normal people to behave like mad butchers. I know because my late stepfather, John Szymanski, told me many a story - he believed he had lost one half of his family to the Germans and the other half to the Russians. When I asked how could people do the atrocities he witnessed himself, he said there was a kind of madness in the air that gripped everybody. I dedicate this to John.


Mass shootings in the USA in one map

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In December 2012, a gunman killed 20 children, six adults, and himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The event caught the entire country's attention; we grappled with how violence on such a scale could come about and how to prevent such things from happening in the future. At least 235 people have died in other mass shootings since then, reminding us that these problems are far from over.

That figure is according to a mass shootings database by Stanford Geospatial Center, updated by Vox. The database goes back to 1966 and includes descriptions of many of the incidents. Below, we've extracted its 75 mass shootings after Sandy Hook, up to and including yesterday's shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Note: The Stanford Geospatial Center's database is a continuing project, sourced from news reports and government documents. The center's definition of a mass shooting incident is one that "involves an active shooter who shot 3 or more people in a single event."


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