“On 4th February, in an article titled “The Inequality Problem”, Ed Miliband discusses the current gross levels of inequality and the lessons he learned while fighting against it during his time as leader of the labour party. […] I think Ed’s article does a nice job of getting his audience to consider alternatives to austerity and the broader problems with our economic system but he doesn’t go far enough. […] Ed admits that modern capitalism is flawed but is not brave enough to admit that capitalism itself is the problem that humanity needs to transcend.” … More A reply to Ed Miliband on “The Inequality Problem” | Just admit it Ed, capitalism doesn’t need fixing, capitalism IS the problem
“The kinds of art I am not so fond of are somewhat exemplified by the first piece I noticed as you enter the new exhibit Soil Culture: Deep Roots. A map of Britain water coloured with a key indicating how the various colour shadings represented something about the soil there according to some historical science.
[…] Her works form an alternative currency of sorts, the main pieces being the massive, ugly ingots of dirt, that have a double-meaning: they point out how nature is not given the value it should under capitalism, moreover, money and the things it can buy are ephemeral- doomed to entropic annihilation.
[…] I thought the exhibition was worth going to.” … More Exhibition Review #1 | Soil Culture: Deep Roots at Plymouth University Peninsula Arts | Worth going to?: Yes
” […] The kind of speed and mastery you get from playing an instrument allows you to do more, it unleashes potential, it increases the potentias that makes the soul of a man. The mastery of the pickle placement is like the increasing speed of a robot as technology develops- I don’t want to develop like a robot- I am not Aristotle’s talking tool. […] All of my possible futures, the options for how to be, burn away the more I become the burger robot, and the less human I feel. Theses futures don’t just disappear like usual, potentials for things that could have been but did not, they disappear into a true void of things that could never be and will never be- I am less free. Yet to resist means to quit, not to resign is the biggest sign of resignation.” … More Personal Thoughts | January 2016 | On the Destruction of my (im)Potentias & Resignation as Resistance
“[…] media outlets are implicitly encouraged to be sensationalist because it sells papers […] On November 19th I came across an article in the Plymouth Herald with the headline “Much-loved Plymouth headteacher [sic] took her own life after ‘inadequate’ Ofsted inspection”. I believe that this headline is misleading to the extent that the author is in breach of journalistic ethics […] to blame OFSTED would be to denigrate those suffering from serious illnesses…” … More Capitalism: incentivising sensationalism, taking advantage of our biases and damaging our mental health | Plymouth Herald journalist in breach of ethics?
“At this year’s volunteering fair, although they may have been present in previous years, I noticed one organisation that stood out above the rest. Not because of how great their work is, but because I was disgusted by what this organisation purportedly was. […] They seem to be a social enterprise meaning they aim to produce “social profits” rather than acting like a typical business but what they were offering Plymouth students seemed predatory to me. […] Of course, maybe their representative did a terrible job at explaining what RIO does but it seemed to me that they were there to prey on the naivety of students with good intentions- they were simply after some free labour.” … More Our universities shouldn’t allow “social enterprises” to attend volunteering fairs. | Thoughts after an encounter with a suspect company looking for free labour from my fellow students.
“Zižek’s main point, reduced in the article title to “The Non-existence of Norway”. We could go as far as to say this point is really about the non-existence of the idolised Western way of life but Zižek is specifically referring to how many refugees are not simply aiming for Europe, but Scandinavia- idealised by left-liberals for being a haven of tolerance and demonised by right-conservatives for precisely the same reason. While Norway may be a more-than-averagely tolerant and more-than-averagely equal society, it cannot, like any other Western country, profess to have overcome all the inherent contradictions and problems of capitalism while remaining part of that global system.” … More On the Non-Existence of Norway (idolised Western way of life)
“The kinds of policy that would benefit a potential class of oligarchs is easily thought of when considering that their wealth is based on inequality. Policies that allow them to maintain their vastly unequal share of wealth also allow them to keep their vastly unequal share of political power. 3 main policy themes would be in the interests of an oligarchical class to manipulate- international economic policy, monetary policy and tax policy. This evidence shows that these policies currently and historically favour potential oligarchs- the solution is redistribution of wealth, and therefore redistribution of power.” … More Critique of “US is an Oligarchy?” Part 3: Oligarchy and Public Policy
“Jan Machajski’s big idea, Makhaevism recognised that simplified Marxist classifications of intellectuals as proletarian ignored the privilege they had due to them possessing an unfair monopoly on knowledge. An anarchist, he encouraged relentless questioning of authority. Foucault showed how knowledge discourses with public authority anonymously dominate individuals and legitimise governments. The solution to the problem of the knowledge capitalists is free education for all.” … More On Makhaevism: Knowledge Capitalists and Authority-Discourses
“The following evidence could be quite shocking. These amounts of money are incomprehensible to mere plebs like us. Consider that every citizen has an individual power profile based on the power resources he or she can deploy. The power share of the top tenth of 1 percent of US households may well be sufficient to dominate politics on key issues of most intense interest to that group. They are bound together by material self-interest and political clout, not by social ties.” … More Critique of “US is an Oligarchy?” Part 2: The US case
“[…] One of the most beautiful truths of dialectical materialism is the realisation that consciousness is a product of material conditions- not the other way around. What this means is that our personality is a result of the environment in which we develop. […] Although our will is limited, denial of radical freedom is bad faith.” … More Personal Thoughts | August 2015 | Materialists should not blame individuals for their being, as their consciousness arises from their material conditions, but we should not forget radical freedom.