It is difficult to recall a TV event that has roused as much collective controversy as the performance delivered by the former prince, his wife, and the matriarch of frothy entertainment did last night. Meghan Markle’s supposedly explosive allegations of institutional racism and violent xenophobia existing within royal family and the British press could only have come as a surprise to the person whose cultural exposure extended solely to videos of cats riding remote control cars on YouTube, — nonetheless, CBS’ Oprah Winfrey-led interview has stirred an international popular inquest into the working practices of the House of Windsor and…

Vladimir Lenin’s astute observation of the fact that there are decades where nothing happens; and weeks in which decades happen, has been fully and finally vindicated by the events of summer 2020. A global pandemic, the state enforced lockdown that accompanied it and the international political unrest that emerged as a reaction to the death of George Floyd at the hands of U.S police in May, constituted a reset that has irreversibly altered the landscape of political and social affairs at every level. Out of the void blasted opened by this series of explosions has emerged a new set of…

Over a month has passed since the murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin; an on-duty member of the Minneapolis Police Department, and the fallout of the incident continues to play out in the form of civil unrest and a cultural realignment that promises to rumble on indefinitely. On the micro level, real, tangible victories have been won by a Black Lives Matter movement that has been resurgent in recent weeks; emerging from the obscurity it had fallen into since the end of the Barack Obama presidency in 2016. Mr Floyd’s killer and his law enforcement accomplices will be tried…

‘If everybody listened to me, this world would be a perfect world’.

This is a quote taken from the old Snoopy cartoons, yet it seems to be the order of day.

In the United States, the riots that emerged as a reaction to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis have transformed into a nationwide state of civil unrest, that seems to be lurching closer to an outright revolt with the passing of every evening. The seemingly endless stream of videos that have flooded social media over the course of the last week have exposed the institutions of U.S policing…

The reckless murder of yet another unarmed black American at the hand of the police has sparked days of furious protest, as the citizens of Minneapolis demonstrate their refusal to allow the life and memory of George Floyd to be discarded in the name of the perpetuation of an oppressive system that continues to suffocate and constrict without remorse.

The killing carried out on Monday by members of the Minneapolis P.D was as cruel as it was wasteful. After being arrested on suspicion of writing a bad cheque, Mr Floyd was handcuffed without restraint before being forced face down to…

If Britain was not, as Napoleon put it, ‘a nation of shopkeepers’, future generations would look back on the events of 2019 in the same way we today look at those of 1789.

In that year, faced with a corrupt, ossified institution that ubiquitously loomed over the public lives of a citizenry it neither understood nor cared about, the people of France began a process of demolition. Tearing down the excesses of monarchical despotism that had ruled over them for centuries.

Sir David Attenborough is supposed to be a British national treasure, but his particular brand of environmentalism is toxic and elitist.

There can be no question to the fact that tackling man-made climate change and pollution is one of the most significant struggles we face as a species. However, we should never allow this campaign to intervene with what should be our primary collective goal: improving the lives of as many human beings as possible.

Some facets of the environmentalist movement have increasingly begun to drift away from this assumption. Where once the language of environmentalism was grounded in a…

The European Union has seen better days.

In the early-2000’s, the EU seemed destined to become a truly global force, capable of filling the void left behind by the Soviet Union, without the brutal string of concentration camps, permanent economic turmoil, perpetual threat of thermonuclear annihilation, and chronic shortages of food and other basic amenities that had characterised the continent’s former hegemon.

In 2002, the Eurozone came into being. In 2004, the Union expanded into Eastern Europe and the Balkans, encompassing another ten states. …

The course of human history has been defined by the emergence of new ideas. The purpose of these new ideas is to provide solutions to the issues plaguing the society of the day, that often serve to limit the capacity of human endeavour, stifling progress and propagating misfortune, often in the form of poverty, repression, and prejudice.

New ideas then, are obviously essential to the continued development of the human race as a species. The emergence of dynamic capitalism from the undignified rigidity of manorialism at the end of the 18th Century is a historical example of such development, as…

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