Tucker Carlson’s Capital Realism?

I haven’t actually finished working on this piece yet but I thought I’d publish an early draft whilst I continue to refine it. You might also find it useful to watch the clip that inspired this piece. I’ll also preface this by saying I’m not by any stretch a fan of Tucker Carlson’s, his deeply xenophobic rhetoric couched in “conservative” concern is of really no interest to me at all. What does interest me is a particular point he made during a recent interview he had on the Ben Shapiro Show, which whilst covered his new book, highlighted a particular...

Quick Summary of Current Projects

Just a quick list of things I’m currently working on: Where Will We Live? (Part 4): Part four of my writing on and around the housing crisis, focusing on who are the beneficiaries of the current state of housing. Unconditional Democracy: A partial critique of modern democracy and revisiting the need for democracy in political processes both past and present. Hauntology and the Housing Crisis: Writing on lost futures from the perspective of the home ownership, Thatcherism, neoliberalism will feature heavily.

Looking for Gaia (Part 2)

With the connection between life and the physical environment established, a picture starts to emerge of the effect of human activities on these natural processes. The 2002 Amsterdam Declaration stated the changes wrought by humans in the following terms: “Human activities are significantly influencing Earth’s environment in many ways in addition to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Anthropogenic changes to Earth’s land surface, oceans, coasts and atmosphere and to biological diversity, the water cycle and biogeochemical cycles are clearly identifiable beyond natural variability. They are equal to some of the great forces of nature in their extent and impact....

Fragments on Capitalism And Fascism

Just some thoughts I’m working through at the moment, I’ll probably change and expand on some points as time goes on. This may have been loosely inspired by recent events but it’s also intended to provoke a more critical response to the claim that Capitalism and Fascism are diametrically opposed. One inescapable victory of capitalism is in its successful cleaving of the economic and political struggle. This separation often referred to as ‘false consciousness’ by socialists eager to reinsert the notion of historical materialism back into the debate, unfortunately, does often correspond to the realities of life under capitalism. That...

Looking for Gaia (Part 1)

With the IPCC’s recent report on climate change and the seeming inevitability of further temperature rises I thought it might be worth revisiting some of my earlier writing on environmentalism. Whilst I don’t actually mention it that much these days radical ecology is actually of the things that’s at the keystone of my political philosophy. I’ve somewhat moved away from the more utopian ideas I had, partly due to an acknowledgement of the fact that there’s a certain amount privilege that’s required to consider divesting from certain forms of technological innovation and production. However, I thought I’d post some of the...

On Left Accelerationism

Whilst I’ll admit to being intrigued by Accelerationism Rosa Janis’s provocative article ‘The Future is the Past: The Failure of Accelerationism’ reminded me partly of what inspired ‘Reinventing the Future’. Left Accelerationism whilst promising a utopian future still requires the capitalist machinery with its everpresent tensions created through the differing interests of separate socioeconomic groups left intact. Where perhaps I differ from some of Janis’s analysis is in praxis. Specifically in the use of collective bargaining to achieve many of the aims set out in Inventing the Future.        This isn’t as far-fetched as it might seem, In February of this year IG...

Where Will We Live (Part 3)

House building, which is largely done by the private sector, is in a long-term decline. In 2016 around 170,000 houses were built. This is down from a peak between 1965-1970 during Harold Wilson Labour administration, where around 300,000 to 350,000 houses were being built each year. Several factors have been alluded to detailing why this might potentially be the case. In 2017 a report by the estate agent Knight Frank identified the planning system as “one of the biggest hurdles to development”. It stated that “The imbalance between the demand and supply of housing is why housebuilding has risen so...

Where Will We Live (Part 2)

In 2016 a survey conducted by Inside Housing found that since the Local Housing Act came into force in 2012, 239,793 people have been removed from the waiting lists of over 150 English councils and 42,994 new applicants have been rejected. In Northampton, research by Inside Housing found that 5,396 households were removed from their 10,500 household waiting list a year after the Local Housing Act came into force. This forces households to either choose homelessness or the private rental market, which partly due to the overall deficit in housing has seen rents grow 14.7% between January 2011 and May...

Where Will We Live? (Part 1)

Housing is one of the most pressing topics in the UK. In 2017 the Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May promised to make it her mission to fix the housing budget by increasing the affordable home’s budget by £2bn to £9bn in total leading to the building of 25,000 additional social homes in 2020 and 2021. She additionally reaffirmed her commitment to the conservative pledge made in 2015 to build 1 million houses by 2020. Roughly 169,000 homes were completed in 2015 and 217,000 were completed in 2017. She also dropped plans to cap housing benefits to all social housing which...

A Quick Introduction

Welcome to my new blog, I say new because my main blog which can be located here is still going to be the main place where I’ll be writing about music however I’ve long felt like I’d occasionally like to write in depth about other topics, specifically political, social and economic issues. The reasons for this, was largely based on the the original/seed idea behind my main blog, which was the idea that the best our present had to offer was mainly reinterpretations of the past. Whilst this originally concerned music, it seemed increasingly important, given the growth of dehumanising...