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...

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...

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...