Word of the Day: Biko

First published on my legacy blog, Principia Politica, adapted from an essay submitted while studying as a first-year undergraduate student at University of Cambridge, 2018-19. The essay was awarded the mark of first. 'It will not be long before the blacks relate their poverty to their blackness in concrete terms. Because of the tradition forced … Continue reading Word of the Day: Biko

Word of the Day: Du Bois

First published on my legacy blog, Principia Politica, adapted from an essay submitted while studying as a first-year undergraduate student at University of Cambridge, 2018-19. The essay was awarded the mark of first. W.E.B. Du Bois, like Steve Biko and Frantz Fanon, looks at three dimensions of racial inequality:  1)   structural, 2)   psychological, and 3)   moral. Meet … Continue reading Word of the Day: Du Bois

Word of the Day: Fanon

First published on my legacy blog, Principia Politica, adapted from an essay submitted while studying as a first-year undergraduate student at University of Cambridge, 2018-19. The essay was awarded the mark of first. Frantz Fanon believed in Third-World Marxism. Marxism teaches that big changes of society are, at the end of the day, the result … Continue reading Word of the Day: Fanon

Ultratotalitarianism: The great evil of our times, and why we must fight it

Our era is characterised by a phenomenon I term ultratotalitarianism. It is the culmination of the logic of modernity, a long process of surpassing the unity of Christianity with capitalist anarchy, backed up by state authority. The dynamism of the market economy and the stability of the modern state constitute the two pillars of modern … Continue reading Ultratotalitarianism: The great evil of our times, and why we must fight it

The music industry to come: What’s next for the greatest show on Earth

Written on 23-24 November 2022. Music is evolving. That much is clear. Netflix’s ‘The Playlist’ depicts the last era of class and generational warfare in the market of music. On the one hand were the young and the poor, fighting for their rights to consume and produce music without losing out to the winners, the … Continue reading The music industry to come: What’s next for the greatest show on Earth

Neumann’s ‘Behemoth’ and the rebirth of totalitarian-monopoly capitalism

Franz Neumann published one of the earliest books on the totalitarian state, entitled Behemoth. It is a startling representation of the divided state of Nazi Germany, one that challenges established conventions on totalitarianism. According to conventional interpretations both then and now, totalitarianism represents a singular entity, a powerful state echoing the ‘reall Unitie’ of Hobbes’ … Continue reading Neumann’s ‘Behemoth’ and the rebirth of totalitarian-monopoly capitalism

Everything ends: Explaining the modern world

First published in spring 2020. It’s fashionable to explain today’s world through two prisms: modern politics and modern economics—or the modern state and capitalism. Even the words sound slightly intimidating. So instead of defining them from a dictionary, I would like to give a historical account of how these pillars of the modern world evolved. … Continue reading Everything ends: Explaining the modern world

The foundational contradictions of liberalism

First published in May 2020. Liberalism is an ideology—a system of thought. It has a centrepiece: the individual, defined by liberalism as a free-floating unit, separate from other units. It has two basic contradictions: The politico-moral contradiction; and The public-private contradiction. Meet Immanuel Kant: A founding liberal. These contradictions arise from two factors. Liberalism: Accepts … Continue reading The foundational contradictions of liberalism

How I predicted Liz Truss’ downfall, then changed my mind (and predicted what comes next)

I have written a lot about the rise and fall of Liz Truss in recent months. I believe my articles up to this point have essentially predicted the ongoing unfurling of events. My task now is to show how this prediction is coming to fruition. Let me begin here, in a post entitled, ‘Why Liz … Continue reading How I predicted Liz Truss’ downfall, then changed my mind (and predicted what comes next)

How capitalism ends

First published on 14 September 2020. There are several dimensions to the supposed demise of capitalism. There are two developments and two critical contradictions behind the system’s present afflictions. Capitalism may end, however, in two different ways—one of which less an end to capitalism than a return to a different form of capitalism. Lastly, if … Continue reading How capitalism ends