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Education to challenge abuse

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Despite a growing authoritarianism, 45 years of neoliberal individualism and the corresponding break-up of organised workers’ movement, a wave of rebellion is sweeping the planet. Parts of it are even reaching Britain and showing in the oddest of places. Recent weeks have seen private school students as the latest rebellious subjects coming out to challenge the established order.

Highgate students protest against assault and abuse
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April 12, 2021 at 12:14 pm

Beyond a Lockdown

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We all know that governments’ responses to this pandemic are flawed. Ours in the UK is among the worse. Hopefully, also, we recognise that, just as with global warming, the emergence of ‘novel Coronavirus’ is the result of an ideology that threatens all life on this planet.

deforestation forcing animals into cities and increasing the transfer of diseases

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November 28, 2020 at 11:41 am

What exactly is key work key to?

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June 6, 2020 at 3:02 pm

The Failures of Behavioural Psychology

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I have written a bit about behaviourism and its influence. More than once I have made reference to Arthur Koestler’s critique of behaviourism from his 1960’s book, The Ghost in the Machine. He begins it by arguing that behaviourism ‘has permeated our attitudes to philosophy, social science , education, psychiatry.’ The more I have thought about it since I first read that immensely useful book, the more I have thought he is right.ghost in machine Read the rest of this entry »

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April 26, 2020 at 9:04 pm

Hard Right Johnson, Wilhelm Reich and the ‘befogging’ of the masses

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So said Wilhelm Reich in 1944, “Only on paper does the process of social development appear as easy and pleasant as a taking a stroll through the woods. In hard reality it encounters new and unrecognised difficulties one after the other. Regressions and catastrophes result”.

The election of a Conservative majority government in the UK with Boris Johnson as Prime Minister is definitely a regression and may well be a catastrophe. Johnson’s Tory government becomes the latest in a line of hard right governments that have taken over major geopolitical states. Positioning themselves as daring voices speaking out against the ‘establishment’, despite in fact being the establishment, this model of leader started with Victor Orbán (elected Hungary, 2010). A number of world leaders have followed in his wake, such as Narendra Modi (elected India, 2014), Donald Trump (USA, 2017), Matteo Salvini (Italy, 2018), Jair Bolsonaro (Brazil, 2019), and now, Johnson (UK, 2019).bojo flags Read the rest of this entry »

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January 29, 2020 at 3:42 pm

Thoughts on the Tories and the state of Britain. GE2019.

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The Tories have now presided over two election campaigns and a referendum campaign where someone has done something extreme, resulting in murder.BOJO salute Read the rest of this entry »

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December 10, 2019 at 6:50 am

Being right, annoyingly

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I saw an acquaintance on Twitter – a Labour-voting millennial – announce that out of guilt, she would be buying ‘reusable make up wipes’; that her new washing machine doesn’t have a tumble dryer; and that she was thinking of buying a bike. This new concern for environmentalism was sparked, she said, as a result of having seen David Attenborough’s latest documentary with footage of overcrowded walruses dying from cliff tops, Extinction Rebellion’s protests and from following on Twitter, 16 year old Swedish environmental protestor, Greta Thunberg.

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg -the new generation’s not-so-new ideas about saving the environment

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April 21, 2019 at 12:47 pm

Why I don’t care about Brexit

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So here we are: after nearly three years of ‘profound soul searching’ and ‘agonising’ discussions, the British nation is no closer to leaving the EU and the British people are sick to the back teeth of talking about it. I have noticed two things I thought worth writing about.

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April 9, 2019 at 2:40 pm

The Cambridge Analytica Scandal, part 2: biopower

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In Part 1 of this two-part series, I looked at the Cambridge Analytica ‘scandal’, seeing how a corporation with knowledge of a population’s ‘hobby-horses’, could steer, with targeted social media posts, enough people to get the vote they wanted. I argued that the ‘scandal’ was not, as was presented by some, about Facebook stealing our data. I suggested it is about what Michel Foucault called ‘biopower’. In part 2, I explain what that means and then go on about the smoking ban a bit.michel foucault Read the rest of this entry »

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August 28, 2018 at 10:19 pm

The Cambridge Analytica Hobby-Horse, part 1: manipulating elections

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Recently while travelling in Northern Europe, I found myself, against my better judgment, inside a ‘street food’ market. There I witnessed and then joined in with a debate between the chef at one of the stalls and a cleaner. The cleaner maintained that he did not watch the news because ‘none of it is real’. ‘America, Russia,’ he said, ‘it’s all lies.’ This, evidently was his hobby-horse. The chef, however, thought that you should follow the news because you needed to know things. If you did not know things, he argued, you might think, for example, that Africa is a terrible place full of poverty and war but if you ask someone who has been there then you would know that it’s not like that at all. The hobby-horse he was riding was also quite evident.

I am, with Lawrence Sterne, a great admirer of a hobby-horse. ‘So long as a man rides his HOBBY-HORSE peaceably and quietly along the King’s highway,’ he writes in his rambling genius of an 18th century novel, Tristram Shandy, ‘and neither compels you or me to get up behind him, —- pray, Sir, what have either you or I to do with it?’title piece tristram shandy Read the rest of this entry »

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August 24, 2018 at 4:51 pm