A Kingdom of Posh Boys

How big is the world? It’s a question with an answer in constant flux. The world was once divided into four-walled rooms, extending only as far as a fence or front door. It is also what’s told in technicolour from behind a glass screen, images and shapes that might not make sense but seem to…

Studying A PHILOSOPHY OF WALKING

On the whole, we don’t think much of walking anymore. It is a necessary act to transition from A to B, and even then a largely unwelcome one. Why walk when one can drive? Walking is the simplest and most base form of transport, but it has gradually been eradicated from public life. For those…

The Personal is Political in DOWNSIZING

I burned through Tom Watson’s Downsizing in the first two days of 2020 and found it indelibly refreshing. Partly this was because it’s rare to read a book by a politician which isn’t entirely about politics (or so we think); but largely, because the mere existence of Downsizing is so unexpected. Watson illustrates this in…

Having FUTURE SEX

I wasn’t entirely certain what to expect when I bought Future Sex in The Last Bookshop in Bristol (all books being £3, hence the price sticker). ‘A New Kind of Free Love’ suggested it would be a celebration of sex-positive feminism, perhaps intertwined with speculation of how technology will further alter how we define sex…

Were They Really SERVANTS OF THE PEOPLE?

I have never been one of those on the left who despises New Labour. Though I am firmly of the left and believe New Labour ultimately failed to embark on the necessary structural reforms of society and our political system (and, of course, Iraq), I do not think it valuable to consider it some Tory-lite…

Journeying Through THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

“All men are created equal, unless we decide you are not a man.” Reading and reviewing The Underground Railroad has been a long time coming. I first bought the book when I was a student at Queen Mary in London, circa late 2017, but it wasn’t until late 2019 that I finally got around to…

Is This HOW DEMOCRACY ENDS?

Much ink has been spilt since 2016 on the question of whether democracy is coming to an end. The rise of right-wing strongmen to positions of elected office in Brazil, Turkey, the Philippines, the United States and the United Kingdom, amongst others, men who routinely express a greater desire for self-preservation than for the preservation…

Haven’t You Heard of HAVEN’T YOU HEARD?

One of the most common complaints about politics, regardless of country, is that it’s boring. Grey men and women in grey suits and dresses, speaking in a language which feels wholly unfamiliar to the language that we speak and entirely indecipherable. Are they even human? The levels of ambition and sociopathy required for any kind…

Where Are The CAPITALIST SUPERHEROES?

For most people, the thought that superheroes and popular blockbusters can be discussed within an analytical framework of capitalism and political philosophy doesn’t cross their mind. They seem antithetical, in all fairness. Superheroes are for children and feature (allegedly) vacuous stories which can be boiled down to a series of punches, kicks and dubious internal…

Experiencing DREAMS FROM MY FATHER

Barack Obama’s presidential legacy is a complicated issue for the current Democratic Party, alongside all those who consider themselves liberal or left-wing. He is personally beloved, admired and respected throughout the world for his professionalism, grace and wisdom with which he carried out his presidency. People long to return to the stability of the Obama…