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.…

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…

Is austerity ideological?

Hello! I know this post isn’t immediately topical, particularly with the focus on the fallout from the ‘Panama Papers’. But, sadly, austerity remains topical after eight long years now and it’s a point I’ve wanted to make for a while, so here goes… Is austerity ideological? Very often we hear left-wing critics of this and…