Link Roundup: July 2

Welcome to Flood Media’s link roundup! Each week, we bring you fresh Flood-approved content from around the web, covering current events, debates, and hot takes. It's worth noting that Flood editors and contributors hold diverse opinions on a range of topics. Many of the articles we link to will represent points of debate or disagreement within our editorial team and the Left in general. We don't shy away from this diversity of views - in fact we think it makes our project more interesting, and we invite our readers to reflect and engage alongside us. 

First up this week: Friend of Flood Media Bridget Harilaou has written this excellent piece on the politics of migration and class in Australia. "Our only way forward," she writes, "is active re-imaginings among us all for an end to class, and a commitment to organising with and for all people suffering from poverty. Our collective empathy and capacity to end material oppression must lie with class struggle." 

Portugal decriminalised all drugs in 2001. Did you know that? I didn't know that. This longread, published late last year in the Guardian, details how the policy has worked in practice. It's fascinating, and enraging to think that similarly sensible policies haven't been enacted around the world. Also, now I have to go and re-watch Season 3 of The Wire. 

Of course, ever since Wednesday we've been talking, living, breathing, dreaming, and making fan art of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This Jacobin article - written by a campaign organiser for DSA-endorsed New York Senate candidate Julia Salazar - lays out why she won, and how activists can capitalise on that win. Relatedly, I endorse this tweet

This year is the centenary of the establishment of Palm Island as an Aboriginal reserve for forced resettlement, and a good opportunity to learn more about the history of the island. This piece from Ella Archibald-Binge is important, arresting reading about Palm Island's last 100 years. I was moved by this quote from lead Palm Island dancer Germaine Bulsey: “We’re keeping it alive for our ancestors. This is what they gave us so we should look after it for them... showing our culture off, black and proud."

'Living the Dream with the Maritime Defence Committee during the 1998 Wharf Dispute' is possibly not one of Living the Dream's catchier titles, but we'll forgive them on the basis of excellent content. In this episode, Dave interviews Nick Southall about the Maritime Defence Committee, and the 1998 Wharf Dispute - "the last set piece national confrontation between Capital and Labour over a specific industrial dispute to happen in Australia." 

And now for something completely different: On Friday night I found myself stuck in between two friends who were arguing passionately about Brutalist architecture. (If that sounds impossibly boring and nerdy, don't worry, it was.) Anyway, it made me remember 'Strange, Angry Objects', an interesting piece about the history of Brutalism. (The online version only includes part of the article, but that's okay because most articles in the LRB are way too long anyway.) Read up on it and become one of those people who Knows Things About Architecture. 

Until next week!


Photograph of the Warsaw Monument to Insurgents, reused via Wikimedia Commons