To UK readers – A vote for Labour is a vote for yourself, for ourselves

Dear friends, I’m sorry I haven’t been blogging in recent months. It’s been a combination of a bit of a crisis of confidence (which I’m over) and a lifestyle change that’s seen me move away from my desk for a few months. I’m actually working as a tour guide for a bit here in Oxford,…

On Comic Relief and charity generally: make charity history!

Here’s a post I wrote two years ago at the time of the last Comic Relief Day in 2015. I re-read it and it still resonated with me, so I’m reposting here. Sorry I’ve not been writing. I will start writing again soon on some thoughts about the nature of ‘post-truth’ and how to respond.…

On clowns

Hi there, dear reader! I’ve been trying to make time to explore what I’m calling ‘ultimate contradiction’ on this blog, but I last wrote about Jeremy Corbyn and I’m gonna sidetrack again to write briefly about…clowns! My 11 year-old daughter has just started secondary school. Apparently, the phenomenon of (mostly) young people dressing up as…

On Jeremy Corbyn: let’s end cynicism and embrace (critical) hope

Dear friends, Feel free to listen to a recording of this blogpost above… I just want to make three points about Jeremy Corbyn and his re-election. I want to argue the following: (1) Ultimately, we should analyse Corbyn’s role in terms of its significance as part of a growing counter-hegemonic war of manoeuvre against capital…

Ultimate contradiction, Part II: Dialectical history, evolution, and consciousness

You can listen to a recording of this post here. Hello, dear friends! So, I started a series of blogposts recently by talking about my recent attempts to try to make sense of what is happening in our world right now. Clearly, some serious stuff is happening –  some horrifically, unbearably awful stuff…but also some…

WTF is going on?! Ultimate contradiction and the struggle for humanity

Dear friends, I hope that you have enjoyed your summer. I have. I’ve been off for almost all of it – first, recuperating from my injuries and, second, looking after my kids. I can’t deny that it has been tiring and occasionally exasperating being with three kids all day in what often seem to be…

My Goldilocks injury

Dear readers, I’m sorry for my silence. I haven’t written for over a month. Unfortunately, it’s because I had a bit of an accident about a month ago now and it’s put me out of action for a while. It was the summer barbeque at my kids’ primary school. I was playing around on the…

Why I burned my EU referendum ballot paper

You can listen to a podcast of this blogpost here. Otherwise, just read on 🙂   Dear reader, Because I’m out of the country on EU referendum polling day, I received my ballot paper early, intending to vote by post. As you may have seen by now, yesterday I burned my EU referendum ballot paper.…