Category: a con

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 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…

“Paedophile Britain” – what’s going on?

I’ve been variously bemused, perplexed, uncertain and – ultimately – horrified by the revelations which started to come out drip-feed journalism style – and have now become highly publicly-domained information of a strugglingly disorientating nature. At the last general election,…

#Austerity – what’s paranoid about seeing a plan?

In 2012, I concluded: Capitalism is seen as light-of-touch because it’s an inevitable process towards an injustice it has no need to question.  It doesn’t really acquire a baggage of ideas because ideas aren’t its purpose. Meanwhile, socialism is dogma-ridden because it’s a discipline of…