Lessons From ‘On Liberty’ (Part 1)

The supposed resurgence of classical liberalism, lead in part by thinkers such as Jordan Peterson, lead me to be increasingly curious about the ideological roots of such thinkers and one thinker that seemed to come up repeatedly was the 19th-century philosopher John Stuart Mill. There were many reasons to consider J S Mill somewhat of a troubling figure in modern-day parlance not least his involvement and advocacy of imperialism, his reasoning partly explained in the following infamous quote from ‘On Liberty’ and further touched on by his characterization of many non-western peoples as the subaltern.  Despotism is a legitimate mode of...

Refusing Wage-Labour: From Practicality To Necessity

Historically there have been many reasons why the reduction of labour time and even the abolition of wage labour itself has been seen not only in a positive light but as an achievable concrete goal. In 1930 John Maynard Keynes in his famous paper ‘Economic Possibilities For Our Grandchildren’, wrote: I draw the conclusion that, assuming no important wars and no important increase in population, the economic problem may be solved, or be at least within sight of solution, within a hundred years. This means that the economic problem is not-if we look into the future-the permanent problem of the human race....

Life the best game in…town?

It’s often the case that some of the most thought-provoking observations around a particular work of literature occur after it’s been published. In the recent online fracas that has emerged over Sophie Lewis’s ‘Full Surrogacy Now: Feminists Against The Family’, Lewis took the time to reflect on the contradiction that occurred when considering that those who are so often at ease with diminution of life seem to be incredibly appalled by any conversation around any justification for actually ending life which in this case is specifically represented by the unborn. Actually living, Lewis speculated appears to her detractors to be...

What’s left of the Left: Reflections on the European Parliament Elections

Among the stories that emerged from what was in many ways a historic European Parliament Elections, one I felt particularly attached to was Laura Parker’s campaign. There were many reasons for this, her campaign was socialist, environmentally conscious which lead to her signing up to the European Green New Deal, she’s a high-ranking member of Momentum  and she was running in Islington traditionally a Labour heartland however these things appeared to be superseded by Brexit which lead to the election of the Liberal Democrat candidate. This I felt was symptomatic of the current effect that Brexit has on the British...

Aphorisms: On Economic Logic and Immigration

Whilst the dust settles from the recent EU parliament elections, the question of freedom of movement one of the fundamental tenants of the European Union single market appears to be fading from the forefront of the debate around Brexit and the European Union more broadly replaced by a cold economic logic that whilst making a claim towards rationality exposes a fundamental issue within the question of immigration following the UK’s potential exit from the European Union. The recent immigration bill currently working its way through parliament looks to “equalize” treatment between EU Citizens and Non-EU Citizens however the central question...

Unconditional Accelerationism as a Framework

I’ve dabbled a bit in the past with Left Accelerationist tendencies mainly through stressing the development of productive forces as a necessary part of Marxist praxis, although in many ways I see this as much a part of orthodox Marxism as of accelerationism. With Marx and with Marxists more broadly, I feel there’s always different viewpoints, different approaches and different focuses and with Accelerationism being at least partly based on Marx it was unsurprising that it would branch out in some many different directions. My principle interest in acceleration, however, isn’t so much within its emancipatory possibilities, but more as a...

Neo-Malthusian Theory and Question Time

Once again the ugly spectre of Malthusianism slithered its way into the mainstream on an episode of the BBC show, Question Time, which over the last few months has shown itself rapidly losing any illusion it might have had of speaking to, or representing, the needs of the public writ large and instead has rapidly been transitioning into a bizarrely hyperreal circus and a conduit for an ever more divisive and populist message. From the rumours of Fiona Bruce prepping the crowd with information to unfairly bias them against certain members of the panel, to the continued inclusion of political...

Capitalism In the 21st Century: Notes on ‘Magical Words: Capitalism’

While I’m not necessarily interested in turning this blog into a collection of responses to articles or videos they are often a useful source of inspiration and allow me to continue the broader project of outlining Marxist responses to 21st-century Capitalism.  The recent video by The Distributist (TD) shone an interesting light the question of capitalism and it’s treatment by Marxists. Whilst there’s one particular part of the video I’d like to focus on I did find other parts of the video interesting as well. For example, the description of progressives as people who are less willing to debate ideas...

Brief Announcement

The commercial arm of this project automate-everything is now online. I’ll be attempting to break down new business models and technologies there for anyone who’s interested in new ways of working. If you’re not interested in the aforementioned no need to worry whitelikeheaven.net will be continuing on as normal and I have post on The Distributist’s Magical Words series coming out soon alongside (I think) a post on anti-malthusian theory.

Reclaiming Radical Futures

“The Right is primarily after power, in the fight for power (which for example it does not possess in Poland today) it is prepared to advance any leftist slogans that can count on popular appear. Let us speak openly: contempt for ideology is the strength of the Right because it allows for greater flexibility in practice and for the arbitrary use of any facade that will facilitate the seizure of power”  Leszek Kolakowski ‘The Concept of the Left’ With the anti-defamation league recently publishing an article conflating accelerationism with a particularly violent strand of an already reactionary ideology. It occurred to...