The end of civility?

I’m going to say something about fascism, by way of definition, and then something more interesting (I hope) about the place we find ourselves in. The left tends to use the term fascist as an all-purpose insult, and that’s understandable given the history of the 20th century. Its vagueness is also understandable because fascism is... Continue Reading →

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Crisis what crisis?

We are in the throes of a major crisis of political legitimacy. It’s been sparked by the Brexit vote, though its roots go much further back. The only hope of a good outcome is if we face that crisis for what it is (and right now, our politicians seem to have their heads elsewhere). The... Continue Reading →

Bombs, folly and lies

Amid all the arguments about whether the UK should be bombing Syria there’s a big and critical question that’s not being asked. The arguments for joining the bombing campaign are patently feeble; you’d have to be feeble-minded to be persuaded by them. Cameron himself at the beginning of October criticised the Russians by arguing exactly... Continue Reading →

Why work for nothing? (3)

Person of Interest is on one level a slick bit of US TV pap. But it's found itself in an interesting position in the light of Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA. The series' premise is that after 9/11 the (US) government commissioned a system that would monitor the public and private data running across the... Continue Reading →

Age, work and wisdom

A few decades ago before I went to university I worked in a psychiatric hospital as a nursing assistant, keeping the mostly geriatric patients clean and fed, getting them up and putting them to bed, talking to them when we had time. I formed a good relationship with the head of nursing at the hospital,... Continue Reading →

The next revolution

I found a link on Facebook (via the US "liberal" site Upworthy) which promoted something called "The Story of Solutions", advocating the importance of redefining our social goals, abandoning mindless growth, substituting "more" with "better". I shared the link, emphasising what I think is true - that while the group's argument for small local and... Continue Reading →

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