Category: Democracy

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…

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…

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.…

What does the economy look like, Part Two: Developing the view from below

A brief summary of Part One of this post In an earlier blogpost entitled ‘What does the economy look like? And why does it matter?’, I critiqued mainstream graphic representations of the economy, giving the examples of the commonly spotted GDP chart and supply-demand curve. Without dismissing the usefulness of graphs and charts to reveal…

In support of Roy Ngerng

Dear all, Please read the following taken from a Facebook post today by Singaporean campaigner and friend Roy Ngerng: ‘Got home only just. Spent nearly 8 hours being interrogated and held by the police today. Have not had a proper meal yet. Was at the police station at 10am. Left close to 6pm. Police took…

A tale of two cities: An open letter to the people of Oxford…and beyond

You can listen to this blogpost as a podcast recording here… Dear all, I make no assumptions about you having missed me, but, nonetheless, I want to offer an apology for my prolonged silence. I haven’t posted a blog in over a month. I’ve been blogging here for a couple of years now and I’ve…

Unconference for Transformational Learning and Culture (UTLC2016)

Dear readers, Sorry for the prolonged silence. It’s been Easter holidays time for me and my family. I’m currently writing to you from the Canterbury YHA Youth Hostel where we’ve been based, touring around the Kent coast. It’s been breezy…but beautiful! Anyway, I’m very excited because this weekend is the ‘Unconference for Transformational Learning and…

Five ideas for hacking television

Dear readers, Here is an article out today on OpenDemocracy in which I offer five ideas that might guide any attempts to democratise the production and viewing of television. I’m trying to apply these ideas and more to my own project – the Capital City Project. Early days yet for that, but some good stuff…

Knowing our left from our right, Part Six: human nature and society

Dear readers, This is the final post in a six post series exploring the differences between the left and right in politics. Here’s a brief recap of the argument so far… In the first post, I argued that the media portrays anything even remotely left-wing as ‘extreme’, ‘hard’, or ‘far’ left. I then offered ten…