‘I could build a new Rome in one day.’ Ye, ‘Clique’, from Kanye West Presents, Good Music - Cruel Summer As the title of this article suggests, I want to propose a populist manifesto — a manifesto to transfer power from the wealthy and powerful back to the people of the world. This does not … Continue reading The populist manifesto: Why policy trumps rhetoric and how Ye might synthesise Bernie and Trump’s platforms into one unity campaign for the American working class
Tenet, temporal geopolitics, and Elon Musk’s East-West gambit
Who is Elon Musk? Iron Man? No, too boring. The new Steve Jobs? No, too interesting. The new Christopher Nolan? More like it. Let me explain. East meets West: Elon Musk and Ye (The Artist Formerly Known As Kanye West). In Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, admired by engineers in Elon Musk’s line of work, a war … Continue reading Tenet, temporal geopolitics, and Elon Musk’s East-West gambit
The strategic case for U.S.-Russia alliance
There are times in history when the situation has become so complex, so absurd, that the only remedy to the illness which befalls civilisation is equally absurd, but not equally complex. There is a way out, but we must be prepared to attempt the impossible if we are to avert the probable scenario of decay … Continue reading The strategic case for U.S.-Russia alliance
What Liz Truss is really doing
Rishi Sunak is plainly the obvious choice for successor to Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party and, by implication, the United Kingdom — sometimes described, not entirely inaccurately (albeit forgivably imprecisely), as a one-party democracy. But he has a surprise contender — Liz Truss, favourite among Party members but not the best sell … Continue reading What Liz Truss is really doing
‘Treasure Planet’ and how trade causes war
The 2002 film ‘Treasure Planet’ opens with a portrayal of merchant ships carrying crates of gold, until they were sabotaged by pirates. The rest of the movie depicts the conflict over said gold. The hero graduates from his family’s bed and breakfast to a quest for a greater prize of trade: the excesses of commercial … Continue reading ‘Treasure Planet’ and how trade causes war
Climate, China, Capital: The triple crisis of the twenty-first century
The world is undergoing a period of profound instability. At such a time it is easy to distract ourselves with frivolities. But underneath the froth of our moral malaise is a deep conflict of interests, along ecological, geopolitical, and economic lines. Let me explain. Planet Earth: There is only one. The first issue is climate … Continue reading Climate, China, Capital: The triple crisis of the twenty-first century
How capitalism might end
Bernie Sanders says he's a democratic socialist. In this post, I argue that he's right. Bernie, unlike every other presidential hopeful, has both the ability and the will to implement a truly left-wing agenda which advances the cause of human freedom. Workers of the world: feel the Bern.
How do you solve a problem like the climate?
Despite the fuss people are making about climate change, nothing seems to change. Global emissions continue to rise, and governments continue to remain pretty passive. What can we do? As individual 'consumers'--not much. Only 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from the stuff linked to individual consumer habits--like flying, meat-eating, or driving. The bulk … Continue reading How do you solve a problem like the climate?