Category: economic abuse

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…

“The Evitable Conflict”

There’s a lovely and humane overview of robots and the subject of care-giving over at the Medium blogsite at the moment.  The dilemma it raises can be summed up in this beautifully succinct phrase early on: Humans have only so…

Why we’re in the shit we’re in

Apologies for the title.  But reading this article from the Wall Street Journal this morning reveals to me with an evermore greater clarity exactly why we’re in the shit we’re in.  Some choice thoughts from this excellent piece on the…

Pepper-spray power as a metaphor for our times

I’ve been looking at various videos this evening of the most recent pepper-spray incident which has raised understandable hackles around the civilised world (background here from the Telegraph and the Huffington Post). This short video – in particular – clearly…

The downsides of the blame game

Politics is all about apportioning blame and obtaining advantage as a result.  It could be about something quite different – but, in reality, that’s not how it works.  Two snippets of such reality have just come my way.  The first,…

The seeds of rape

The seeds of rape lie in prejudice.  Prejudice is a primal soup of appealing lies which caters to the darker side of human nature.  From the crimes of civil war, as the tipping-points of community fear drive us into the…