Category: Radical democracy

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.…

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…

Cultivating Self-Belief and Educated Hope – My ‘Capital City’ Project

Dear friends, The main focus of my work is on a project that aims to use a combination of art, media, and social science to cultivate ‘mass intellectuality’. What I mean by ‘mass intellectuality’ is the belief that everyone has great intellectual potential and that, for us to democratise society, everyone can become and needs…

What does this Sun/Women’s Own email really show us? And what can we do about it?

Dear reader, It’s been an interesting 24 hours since my friend Kate Evans (@iamkateevans) showed me an email by a contributing editor to The Sun newspaper and Women’s Own magazine asking charities for a very particular request… I subsequently posted this email and a few observations on Agent of History here… Since then, Kate’s been…

A Statement of Belief and Intent – What’s the point of Oxford Democracy-Builders?

A number of people have, quite naturally, asked me to tell them my objectives for starting the Oxford Democracy-Builders (ODB) group. My responses have been hesitant and unclear primarily because, as I emphasise, it’s for the group itself to define its own form and objectives. However, after some reflection, I am able to offer a…

The Pint’s Half-Full! On knowledge, freedom, and unravelling hegemony, Part One: knowledge and freedom

The other day, when I was walking to the station with the usual blizzard of thoughts whirling around my mind, I came to pondering why I do a specific thing that I do. Why is it, I wondered, that, whenever I’m in the pub, I offer to get the first round of drinks in?… This…