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...

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...

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.

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...