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In this chain of correspondence Wayne Spencer and Siddiq Khan discuss the problems of revolutionary action in decidedly unrevolutionary times. His blog, The Annals of Significant Failure, has been an inspiration for this journal, and contains much useful material for those intent on getting out of the catastrophe of a society in which we find ourselves. None of the questions raised found any resolution; by their nature they could only be resolved in the process of revolutionary practice itself. Nevertheless, the act of restating such perennially crucial problems is a necessary first step towards discovering their solutions.
"It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned - and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction, by our teachers, and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for granted. It seems obvious. It seems manifestly true. Until I set off three and a half years ago on a 30,000-mile journey for my book 'Chasing The Scream - The First And Last Days of the War on Drugs' to figure out what is really driving the drug war, I believed it too. But what I learned on the road is that almost everything we have been told about addiction is wrong - and there is a very different story waiting for us, if only we are ready to hear it." - Johann Hari, Huff Post
"What do we call this time? It's not the information age: the collapse of popular education movements left a void filled by marketing and conspiracy theories. Like the stone age, iron age and space age, the digital age says plenty about our artefacts but little about society. The anthropocene, in which humans exert a major impact on the biosphere, fails to distinguish this century from the previous 20. What clear social change marks out our time from those that precede it? To me it's obvious. This is the Age of Loneliness." George Monbiot, the guardian
Windmills and Ailsa Craig aka Paddy's Milestone rotated" by John R. - Flickr. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.