The Trump Wound: Fear and Fascism

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During most of my lifetime, when people used the word ‘fascist’ when referring to a right wing point of view in a liberal democracy, it was a little hyperbolic. I think like many… Continue reading

The Belly of the Beast: Candid Republican Candidates

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I never imagined that, in my lifetime, I would witness politicians in Western liberal democracies make overtly racist statements, propose overtly totalitarian policies or disparage the very act of getting a good education.… Continue reading

Acts of Conscience? The Cowardice of #KimDavis

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Throughout history, there have been admirable people who have risked their lives to follow their conscience when circumstance or mainstream society presented them with ethical dilemmas. There are huge numbers, globally, of people… Continue reading

Why I’m Voting for Jeremy Corbyn

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I have in my hand my very red card. For the first time, in 52 years of life, I have formally joined a political party – the Labour party. It was an act… Continue reading

Privilege & The Gap: On Trying and Failing to be a White Friend

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“White people do not think in terms of we. White people have the privilege to interact with the social and political structures of our society as individuals.” John Metta, “I, Racist” If you… Continue reading

#AskELJames: The Poignant & Profitable Martyrdom of E.L. James

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Roman emperors knew a thing or two about how to keep a population happy: bread and circuses. They built a coliseum to do it, complete with cringing Christians and half-starved, rabid lions. While… Continue reading

Moral Hysteria as Public Spectacle

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Firstly, I would like to make my position clear: I’m not a sex worker, I don’t produce pornography, nor do I habitually consume it. Over 20 years ago, I spent a short time… Continue reading

Protest, Riots, Violence and Realities

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First, I’m going to ask you to watch this clip from Zizek’s film ‘A Pervert’s Guide to Ideology’.  Yes, I understand that his language is very dense, so it requires that you listen… Continue reading

The Business of Bigotry, or How To Ruin Your Business and Get Rich

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The headline on CNN reads: “Indiana pizzeria finds itself at the center of ‘religious freedom’ debate” but even this untrue. Memories Pizza, in Walkerton, Indiana, didn’t find itself anywhere. The owners veritably thrust… Continue reading

Tolerance in the Agora: Constitutional Rights and Obfuscations

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There are times I am perfectly willing to examine the philosophical intricacies and readings possible in a law. But I have a problem engaging in this when its purpose is to obfuscate what, when… Continue reading