Notes on Marx’s 1850 Address to the Communist League

In many ways astonishingly prescient, Marx’s 1850 address to the communist league highlighted many of the struggles that still hamstring ostensibly left-wing workers movements to this day. Whilst the manifesto laid the groundwork for Marx and Engel’s conception of class struggle and a theoretical political and economic program, the mixed fortunes of the 1848 revolutions appeared to necessitate a change in strategy. Rather than the proletariat emerging victorious, it appeared that it was a new democratic bourgeoisie who grasped the reins of the state. This turn of events became even more depressing in Germany given the subsequent moves by the democratic petit-bourgeois...

Notes on “Decoding the Blockchain Revolution”

On Monday I spent just over an hour at a talk hosted by Paul Mason, aimed at using Ignota’s latest release, The White Paper by Satoshi Nakamoto as a springboard to discuss the wider implications of the blockchain, bitcoin and the creation of the eponymous high consequential technical document. There were a number of interesting observations made which I thought might serve as interest to a wider audience so I thought I’d document some of them and offer some of my own thoughts. Thanks to one of the other event attendees (@hautepop) for live tweeting as I am a fairly...

Brexit, Exit and The Unthinkable

In 2010, Eugene Thacker of New York’s The New School, published the first instalment of his Horror of Philosophy series entitled In The Dust Of This Planet. By using the theme of horror as a starting point, Thacker intended to examine and explore the idea of a world becoming increasingly unthinkable, one regularly confronted with emerging pandemics, planetary disasters and looming above everything the eschaton. Whilst it would be somewhat hyperbolic to place Brexit within this category, I believe there might be something to be gained by examing how these themes might still have some relevance to the current conversation. In polls taken almost immediately after the vote, Lord...

Unconditional Democracy (Introduction)

” The democratic element, it is now clear, is not a luxury, or something that can be postponed until conditions are especially favourable” For the past few months, amidst other projects, I’ve been working on a political campaign which at various points has come face to face with numerous democratic challenges. Whilst this has often seemed aggravating it’s also been a perfect opportunity for me to examine my thoughts on the reasserting necessity of democracy in any political project and my own political leanings.   Firstly it’s important to define what exactly is meant by democracy, traditionally democracy would be defined from it’s roots in the greek term...

Finding Power In a European Union

I’ve been posting slightly more sporadically these last couple of weeks as I’ve focused quite a bit of my effort on working on a Diem25 campaign called Take a Break From Brexit which is geared towards seeking an extension to Article 50. As the country draws closer towards, what appears to be some kind of conclusion to the political deadlock although not necessarily one that is going satisfy anyone, it occurred to me that it might be of interest to some to write a little about why I support the campaign as in conversation, there’s been some interest in some of the ideas...

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...