The cathedral of capital: Why the West is fruitlessly prolonging the war in Ukraine while stoking war in the South China Sea

Why? Why must so many die and so little be achieved? It makes so little sense to me, but I am beginning to grasp the reasons for the disgraceful behaviour of western countries, elites, academics, and countless supporters of the Ukraine’s bloody imitation of resistance movements in ages gone by. I think it has to … Continue reading The cathedral of capital: Why the West is fruitlessly prolonging the war in Ukraine while stoking war in the South China Sea

Fire in the water: ‘Pacific Rim’ and tectonic geopolitics

Guillermo del Toro is a remarkable film director. From Pan’s Labyrinth to The Shape of Water del Toro has delighted viewers and critics alike with spectacle, intrigue, and (for want of a more precise word) humanity. So when he made a science fiction blockbuster about great big beasts (Kaiju, from the Japanese, ‘giant beast’) emerging … Continue reading Fire in the water: ‘Pacific Rim’ and tectonic geopolitics

Charles III will destroy the monarchy. Make me king instead.

Hear me out. The Crown has descended for centuries down a certain bloodline. But jus sanguinis, as it stands, has little truth and even less validity. We are only who we say we are, and who others think of us. I am King. Augustus, first citizen of the Senate and the People of Rome, who … Continue reading Charles III will destroy the monarchy. Make me king instead.

Why the left is so divided

First published on 23rd June 2022. What does it mean to be ‘left-wing’? Nowadays, buzzwords like ‘oppression’ and ‘inequality’ have replaced the old left-wing theories of ‘exploitation’ and ‘alienation’. Contrary to right-wing mantra, Marxism is out of fashion on the left — who on the left seriously reads Capital and cites the labour theory of … Continue reading Why the left is so divided

17 Points: How to make the world safe for all people

In the view that all people depend on peace for their survival and wellbeing, and in the knowledge that peace is at grave risk of breakdown, there are several points that may be well understood by those wise enough to choose peace over war. To that end, the seventeen points of peace, or how to … Continue reading 17 Points: How to make the world safe for all people

Freedom or slavery: An integrated theory of the Ukraine war

I recently saw a Tweet thread by Taras Bilous, a ‘Ukrainian Socialist’ who wants to ‘Resist the Russian Invasion’. He opens the Tweet with ‘I don’t like [Slavoj] Žižek’, the Hegelian philosopher and left-leaning political commentator, and proceeds to offer reasons for why Ukraine’s economy is not too bad, and why its politics aren’t so … Continue reading Freedom or slavery: An integrated theory of the Ukraine war

The real ‘crisis of masculinity’ and its resolution

1. Violence is endemic to society. 2. But our society denies violence, while while failing to cure, that is, end, it. Napoleon at the battle of Friedland, Horace Vernet, 1807. 3. Men tend to enact violence through history. 4. Our society therefore ironically denies masculinity through violent discipline — the threat of violence by the … Continue reading The real ‘crisis of masculinity’ and its resolution

So appalled: These funeral celebrations are an insult to Her Majesty The Queen’s memory

‘Hushed crowds line route’, ‘WATCH: Kate Middleton holds Charlotte’s hand at the Queen’s funeral’, ‘Prince George heads to granny’s funeral in ‘boot’ of Range Rover’. These are just some of the headlines from the funeral procession of Queen Elizabeth II. It is one of the most appalling things I have ever witnessed. Queen Elizabeth II, … Continue reading So appalled: These funeral celebrations are an insult to Her Majesty The Queen’s memory