Journey to the UTOPIA FOR REALISTS

As I recently wrote in my review of Doughnut Economics, an entire literary market – largely of the left-wing variety – has sprung up to capitalise on the post-economic crash confusion left in the wake of 2008. Academics, journalists and politicians are all racking their brains for big answers to even-bigger questions, praying that confounded…

ALL OUT WAR: An A+ Analysis of Brexit

Where were you when Britain voted to leave the European Union? I remember quite clearly. I stayed up all night, my predictions bearing true as result after result came in. My mum woke me up in the early hours, minutes before David Cameron resigned. I showed up at college, dazed, meeting with my friends, similarly…

Stan

I met Stan Lee in July 2014 at London Comic-Con. It was billed as his final UK visit, and I knew that, if I didn’t pay for an alarmingly-priced ticket I would never meet the man who played such an instrumental role in my childhood. I had to meet him. Who can pass up that…

DOUGHNUT ECONOMICS Will Make You Hungry for Change

The decade-long crisis in global politics and economics may provide nightmare fuel for the politicians, the economists and those who must deal with the consequences of their decisions, but it is a lucrative literary boon to the academic. Every dusty hypothesis, from the cranked to the ingenious, has been sent from the office drawers to…

Has The Economist Written the Future of Liberalism?

For some, an anniversary marks the time for wonderful nostalgia. Reliving the greatest hits can be invigorating, but for liberalism, it would be blind. Not to say that liberalism hasn’t produced plenty of great hits (they are impossible to count), rather those hits are no longer enough to sustain the momentum. As anyone who has…

Musings on Corbyn’s Media Mend

Jeremy Corbyn has consistently proven himself adept at diverting the national topic of conversation to minor matters. Forget anti-semitism, forget Brexit – let’s dissect the media instead. Not that the media isn’t worth talking about. I just think there are more pressing issues of concern right now, such as the imminent destruction of the country.

Musings on Stephen Fry’s More Fool Me

I’m terrible with impulse purchases – or, rather, rents. As a frequent visitor to my local library, I often pick up books on a whim (even though my reading list is physically towering), the latest victim being Steph

Who Killed Franz Ferdinand? – Edinburgh Fringe, Camden Fringe 2018

With the exception of book reviews, I’m not terribly good at keeping this blog up-to-date with all the latest Jasper info. Perhaps that’s due to my awareness that the market is fairly minuscule (restricted to one individual, currently typing); equally, that comes off as defeatist talk. Not very free-market-ist of me. So, here’s what I’m…