Brexit or Remain: The Deceptive Lure of Choice

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I’m not implying that the UK’s referendum on leaving or staying in the EU is not an important one. The choice will have an impact on our lives – although it’s probably not… Continue reading

I’m Ready for my Revolution, Mr. DeMille

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While I spend a good deal of my time lambasting the right wing, I’m going to take a little time off to point out that we have our own share of unaccountable stupidity… Continue reading

Trump: Questions and Incredulity are the Sand We Stick Our Heads In.

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Democrats and sane Republicans alike keep asking the same questions – sometimes sincerely, sometimes for the sake of rhetoric, sometimes with a knowing wink and nod. Hasn’t Donald Trump read enough history to… Continue reading

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