Politics

The days when catching a bus were revolutionary

Posted by on 16 Sep 15 in Non-fiction, Politics | 1 comment

The days when catching a bus were revolutionary

When Jeremy Corbyn was announced Labour Leader, the reaction was stereotypically binary on my Facebook feed. On one hand you have the disillusioned and hardened dissenters, whose argument was a bit like “He’s not left enough. He’ll just fail anyway.” On the other hand, the Corbynites – overjoyed and zealous expressions of hope, converting the victory as the birth of a Messiah. Caught somewhere in-between, I wasn’t fully sure how to express what I think this means for the future of British politics, other than “a jolly good show”. There are...

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Counting on Corbyn

Posted by on 8 Aug 15 in Non-fiction, Politics | 0 comments

Counting on Corbyn

I have succumbed. I’ve had a lot of discussions with people I respect over the last few weeks, and through that process, it has become more evident that joining the Labour party to vote for Corbyn is not the wrong thing to do. It may not be the right thing to do, but there isn’t really anything that could go wrong with doing so. I do struggle with Corbyn’s pro-capitalist and growth stance, which Aaron Bastani covers excellently here: But the increasing need to shift the centre back towards the left, and the need to address immigration and racism problems in the UK, is more...

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Our future is now. Reclaim the Commons!

Posted by on 22 Jun 15 in Non-fiction, Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

Our future is now. Reclaim the Commons!

Many contemporary political trends are focussed on the negative. That is, a fight to prevent neoliberal measure. The anti-austerity movement, for example, is focussed on fighting cuts to public services and  welfare – the prevention of worse-than-now. This is an integral fight. The closure of public services is impacting millions across Europe and America, and the end to the welfare state is only going to increase inequality. But this fight is exhausting – and for many, impossible because of the destructive nature of these cuts in the first place. The problem is that we always...

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the time for building

Posted by on 21 Jun 15 in Non-fiction, Politics | 0 comments

the time for building

I have a proposal. My proposal is simple. My proposal is that you, dear reader, take 5 minutes, and you dream. I want to you to dream about what kind of world/country/city/neighbourhood (place) you would love to live in, if anything was possible. I want you to dream about how that place would effect everyone around you – the people in your life that really matter. Your friends. Your family. Your work colleagues. Even the person who moved out of the way to make sure you could get your bag through the crowd. The people who created those random acts of kindness that made your life that...

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Charlie Hebdo: A brief response

Posted by on 7 Jan 15 in Politics | 1 comment

Charlie Hebdo: A brief response

The media response, the Europe-wide vigils, the endless #killallmuslims tweets – all of these make Charlie Hebdo sound like a beacon of human rights. They weren’t. They were Islamophobic. They were a racist magazine. This does not mean I believe that people should be killed for being racist. I see the tragedy of the situation, but I can also see how this happened and why. These are the questions we need to be asking, not resorting to simplistic bipolar fundamentalist hate-mongering. The possible events & causation up to the murder of journalists: Charlie Hebdo overtly...

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Decolonising change: a theory of knowledge

Posted by on 27 Aug 14 in Non-fiction, Politics, Social Justice | 2 comments

Decolonising change: a theory of knowledge

Studies of resistance, opposition and protest have always been exactly that – studies of enacted antithesis. They have remained constructed into a Hegellian theory of change where the status quo meets opposition to create a synthesised new status quo (a compromise) – or white meets black to create grey. But these studies have often neglected to challenge Hegel’s theories – they have not holistically theorised on other platforms, they have not been based around other possible theories of change. After all – is there not a spectrum outside of light? Beyond black...

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