My life is like a child's illusions become reality. KanYe West, ‘See Me Now’, from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, 2010. An imaginary speech for concluding the National Conservatism Conference, London, 15-17 May 2023. Media sources claim this Conference is unwelcoming to views that are in any way ‘left-wing’ — either Marxist or linked to … Continue reading National Conservatism as Marxism-Leninism: A genuine proposition for thought and political practice
Mask Off: The demonisation of Kanye West — a very provisional, tentative thought piece
Disclaimer 1: Please have sympathy on my soul, dear reader. I know this world is unkind to heretics to whatever is fashionable nowadays, but I am not exactly fashionable, and I care not for the ‘views’ of media gurus or well-spoken sophists. I am an ex-student, a lonely soul, and — much more importantly, my … Continue reading Mask Off: The demonisation of Kanye West — a very provisional, tentative thought piece
Conservative Marxism: A sketch
In many ways, conservatism is more liberal than liberalism. Marxism just bypasses the whole debate — but if it has an affinity with one side or the other, it is not clear that side is liberalism. Edmund Burke. Karl Marx stands between Edmund Burke and Immanuel Kant. There is nothing wrong about bypassing the culture … Continue reading Conservative Marxism: A sketch
Gender is completely meaningless. That’s why we need it.
A lot of critiques of existing divisions of gender roles take for granted the meaningfulness of the term 'gender'. The critiques merely inflate or deflate the meaning, but take for granted the idea that gender can have any meaning at all. Even 'post-gender' accounts seem to take for granted the substantial character of gender performance. … Continue reading Gender is completely meaningless. That’s why we need it.
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
Conservatism against capitalism: A realistic manifesto
One of the most prominent philosophers in the conservative canon is Edmund Burke, critic of the French revolution and its high-minded ideals. This Burkean critique of revolution is then applied to left reform policies today to justify maintaining a crumbling status quo. But this move is illegitimate, for reasons that lie in Burke’s own Reflections … Continue reading Conservatism against capitalism: A realistic manifesto
Vote Labour: My speech at the Cambridge Union
Yesterday, I gave the opening speech at the Cambridge Union for the proposition, 'This House Would Vote Labour'. Here's what I said (abridged). I hope you will join me in voting and/or campaigning for Labour in the coming UK General Election--because Labour will help everyone, not just the billionaire class: We’ve reached the fork in … Continue reading Vote Labour: My speech at the Cambridge Union