To truly understand the Hard Left (by which I mean the Marxist left, which unfortunately is the faction which largely won out in the formative days of socialism), we have to do what Deleuze says in Nietzsche and Philosophy - in order to understand a thinker properly, one has to know who they were against … Continue reading A Polemic on the Hard Left
As someone who spends too much time on left-leaning forums, the question of Israel/Palestine arises more often than I'd like. Often, it's discussed as an imperialist anti-Muslim endeavour, and dead white imperialists (like Sykes and Picot) are held up for castigation. To my mind, this is lazy thinking. We can do better. So, I thought … Continue reading The Sykes-Picot Myth, and other Middle-Eastern Matters
I'd like to share a quote with you: 'I do not learn other languages to forget my own; I do not travel among foreign peoples in order to exchange the customs of my upbringing; I do not become an acclimatized foreigner in order to lose the citizenship of my native-land, for if I do I … Continue reading Identity and Nationality
The dust has settled, and the Labour party have suffered their hardest defeat in nearly 100 years. Many will blame Brexit - it would be easy to do so, but the reasons for Labour's defeat have been building for some time now.
It's a nuanced question, and deserves a decent answer - too many people argue for or against this as an impulse, a knee-jerk reaction, and don’t leave space for ambiguity...
So, this graphic has been doing the rounds on Facebook, and I thought it would probably be worth disassembling it. If you accept the '80 million' figure as true, then, to line up, you'd need a total of ~97m births between 1924 and 1953, which is ~3m every year (or a ~3.6% increase per year … Continue reading Demystifying “Stalin’s Magic”
Where we come from matters. Our origins form an important part of a distinctive personality, which can become a group identity when we share these origins. More often than not, our use of language, especially our dialect, is an expression of that distinctiveness.
There was an idea not so long ago, even among many Irish people, that it was time to move on from the past... Post-Brexit, however, I suspect this relatively recent sense of equanimity is being put to the test.
No civilization is authentic, monolithic, pure; the exact opposite is true.
As someone who moves in moderate circles, I have cause to talk to people on both the Left and Right of the political spectrum. With Brexit dominating the political sphere, I've already made several discussions of Brexit from a wide range of perspectives, but I was reminded the other day that plenty on the economic Left … Continue reading The EU is not a Neoliberal Organisation – no matter what the Left says