power

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…

Cartoon abuse

This is probably going to be one of the most difficult posts I’ve ever written, especially in the times we now find we’re living. Via Paul Bernal on Twitter, this story came my way an hour or so ago.  It…

The POV Machine

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been reading and writing a lot about the squeezed middle, the absolute poor and the stratospheric rich.  For those of us who are living in the United Kingdom – more precisely in my…

On confusing sex and power

I’ve been working these past couple of days, setting up a language-learning site.  Thus, the moderate radio silence. Meanwhile, the unhappy news about sex abuse and paedophilia at the heart of our most sacred institutions continues to unspool our perception…

Is insanity at the root of all power?

One of my favourite quotes – one I have squirrelled away on my “Odds & Ends” page – is from David Brin, science-fiction author and NASA engineer: It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power…