I went to an open mic shortly after the 2015 general election where one of the speakers – a man in his 60s – got up and started haranguing the audience with an anti-Tory rant that was interspersed with the (shouted) refrain of “FUCK YOU!!” every thirty seconds or so. This excruciating display seemed to … Continue reading The FUCK YOU!! Routine
Before we begin, take a quick look at this image: This hastily scribbled banner was left in the media section of a recent Donald Trump campaign rally in Florida. By some accounts hostility towards reporters at these often chaotic events has reached near hysterical levels. The hot-tempered atmosphere of boos and jeers has been stoked … Continue reading How To Blow A Dogwhistle
Look, I don’t like the bloody thing either. That, though, is why I’ve never put myself forward for a job where I’m expected, on occasion, to sing it. I’m a republican too: you won’t catch me volunteering to sing Her Majesty’s praises. I don’t really go in for the pomp and ceremony that gaudily rivets … Continue reading What Did You Expect?
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By Citizen Sane (@citizen_sane) It seems fashionable once more to ask “what was your Kronstadt?” I’ve probably had three epochal political awakenings in my life, three incidents in particular that have made me re-evaluate my world view. Number 1: Moscow, February 1992. On a college trip to Russia, the collapse… Continue reading Some thoughts on Corbyn and the Labour Party
Never forget how this started: the spontaneous outbreak of peaceful protest. A people brutalised by decades of dictatorship and harsh repressions, in solidarity with the revolutionaries of the Arab Spring, saw a slim chance for freedom, and took it. They – the people – filled ancient cities with chanting, and song. This, the dictatorship could … Continue reading Brief History of a Lie
I learn from this piece by Terry Glavin that the US has taken in a measly 1,500 Syrian refugees in the past four years – a sign of the Obama administration’s cruel indifference to the plight of the Syrian people if ever there was one. Continue reading Glavin: This is what it’s come to: Letting Syria die, watching Syrians drown
In 2005 the great left-wing intellectual Fred Halliday published a typically rich and fascinating essay about what he termed “The Three Dustbin Theory of History”, which, he argued, “rests on the claim that, despite the receding of the Cold War, we remain, in key respects, prisoners of its legacy and will.” The last of Halliday’s … Continue reading From The Third Dustbin