Why are political commentators so in love with bombing?
Politics / UK / World

Why are political commentators so in love with bombing?

On Thursday, President Donald Trump authorised a military strike on a Syrian government base, with the firing of 59 Tomahawk missiles from US naval boats in the Mediterranean Sea marking the official entry of the United States into yet another quite likely intractable war with a Middle Eastern state. The response of the American mainstream … Continue reading

European politics in 2017: what can we expect?
Politics / World

European politics in 2017: what can we expect?

Continental politics in 2016 was defined by a series of anti-establishment revolts. In Britain and Italy, sensational referendum results led to the departure of two previously secure regional premiers, David Cameron and Matteo Renzi. The election of Donald Trump, meanwhile, though it took place a few thousand miles away across the Atlantic Ocean, was no … Continue reading

Trump, Brexit, and the dwindling promise of personal fulfilment in modern capitalism
Culture / Politics / UK / World

Trump, Brexit, and the dwindling promise of personal fulfilment in modern capitalism

Is personal fulfilment, achievable through a combination of professional and romantic success, a realistic goal for the majority of citizens in the Western societies of today? In our atomised, individualistic culture, popular consent for the capitalist structure of our economies surely lies on most people answering “yes” to the above question. This is particularly so … Continue reading