Author: mil

Stuff I posted in a different life

The last almost-year has seen me blogging in many other places. In December 2014, I password-protected this blog – though not its RSS feed – with the idea of using it as a private writing-space.  It didn’t quite work out…

Hello (inner) world

Today marks the first step in a new lease of life for this blog. For a while, now, it seems I’ve been writing for myself. Now, I am. I’ve placed a password plug-in around the edges of 21st Century Fix…

The torture of human nature and culture, both

The ends justify the means.  Shit.  That was one thing we said we would never justify.  And now, we, the West, that agglomeration of increasingly dissatisfying contradictions, rectally introduce food during a session of “enhanced interrogation techniques” – read “torture”…

Mean

Mean has a number of different interpretations.  All of them apply to our current Coalition government (though surely not exclusively): Mean as in stingy – and this should help you understand a little bit better (were your understanding not yet…

33 things we can and can’t do

In no particular order, and in relation only to what we might broadly call Western societies, here’s a 33-item listicle in the shape of a prose poem of sorts. But don’t let that put you off – at all! In…

A three-act collabospiracy in the making

I invented this new word in my previous post: it describes a well-meaning conspiracy. “Collabospiracy” is the word I thought up. Examples of collabospiracies, already alluded to in that post, include everything we do to battle against terrorism, dictatorship and…

A new word

We need another word to mean “conspiracy” – but well-meaning.  Our civilisation is a curious one: when we talk about terrorists, Communists or (on occasions) fascists, we’re happy to allow almost everybody to describe them in conspiratorial terms. But, keeping…

A question for economies anywhere

I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s.  You know.  Nuclear proliferation.  The Cold War.  Northern Irish terrorism.  Power cuts.  Trades union grandstanding.  Right-wing machinations. The lot. Later, at uni, I was a member of Greenpeace, and the Campaign for…