Dwellers on the Threshold
Social Media, Political Correctness and the Crisis of Modern Liberalism
"In such a fevered climate, however, we must not resort to that rather lazy old adage, that this is ‘political correctness gone mad’. These are social movements, not intellectual ones. Actually, it would be like turning up at the Tiannneman Square protests and saying, ‘You’re going too far! Don’t lie in front of that tank - we need gradual change!’ Let’s see how far these protests go, and reassess them once the dust has settled."
Beyonce’s Social Dialectic
"Sex and alcohol have enjoyed a long and happy relationship. In Act 2 Scene 3 of Macbeth, William Shakespeare perhaps best encapsulated the link between these bedfellows: ‘it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance’. In Drunk in Love Beyoncé uses alcohol both literally and metaphorically to convey sexual arousal. There is a scientific, as well as socioeconomic link between sex and alcohol."
Pablo Escobar and the Framing of British businessman Kris Maharaj
"The chances are you have not heard of a millionaire British businessmen called Kris Maharaj. He used to pit racehorses against the Queen’s, give generously to charity and throw lavish parties for high-society London in the 1970s. You almost definitely won’t know of his former business associates, the Miami-based father and son Derrick and Duane Moo Young. But Pablo Escobar? Everybody knows him. The moustachioed Colombian drug smuggler. The richest criminal in history. The ‘King of Cocaine’."
The Great European Democratic Myth
The consensus politics of the post-war settlement – based on an incontrovertible marriage of capitalism, welfarism and parliamentarianism - gave rise to bureaucratic, increasingly managerial forms of government in Western Europe and the British Isles. Welfare states swallowed up dissent - liberal capitalism and mixed economies were beyond rebuke, nor, in the democracy prescribed, was rebellion even possible.
Is the Nation Anything More Than a Flag and a National Anthem?
"The nation’s transition to a nation state, then, is crucial to our understanding of the nation itself. This is because an historical approach, as opposed to a sociological one, means investigating nationhood can only be traced, given our preoccupation with change over time, in its relation to ‘nation making’."
The Theology of Jeremy Corbyn
"John Steinbeck once said that ‘socialism is just another form of religion, and thus delusional’. And with absolute faith comes all the hypocrisies of dogma – the selective bias, skirting round evidence and self-defeating policy lines that have coloured the Labour leadership’s approach to both anti-Semitism and international relations."
‘A New System of Morality’: The Religious Critique of Robert Owen
‘I am a Socialist’ announces the Autodidact in Jean-Paul Sartre’s philosophical novel Nausea. ‘I don’t believe in God, but, in the internment camp, I learnt to believe in people’. Much to the dismay of the troubled protagonist Roquentin, he has found something akin to religious fulfilment in a political ideology. As such, Socialism holds a unique position in the history of political thought.