Category Archives: Essays

Longer pieces up to 2000 words exploring subjects in some depth.

Neoliberalism: Not Just A Financial Crisis But A Crisis Of Democracy

Part I: Democracy is not the same as absence of government. The most clichéd description of democracy is “government of the people, for the people, by the people.” This and all other concepts of democracy presume ‘government’. Democracy is not … Continue reading

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On Harmony, Conflict And Class

I read an interview with George Lakey in this month’s. Peace News. Lakey is a life-long activist who re-imagined the nonviolent revolutionary strategies of Gandhi & Dr Martin Luther King for the modern era. In the interview he had some … Continue reading

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On Holding The Country To Ransom

It is often argued in the Anglo-American press that strikes are universally illegitimate; that they are an abuse of power by workers. “The unions are holding the company/country to ransom”, is the cry. “Why should the innocent general public suffer … Continue reading

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The Democratic Threat to Capitalism

As described in The Scorpion And The Frog, the interests of capital are in the generation of profits and, by extension, the maintenance of the social, financial and political conditions that maximise profit. And it the second part of the … Continue reading

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On The Cult Of Managers

We live in a world in which corporate CEO’s and senior managers are feted as a class of Ubermensch to whom the rest of us mere mortals owe gratitude, allegiance and deference. It is often claimed that the multi-national corporations … Continue reading

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The Revolting Underclass?

[Note: A Tory perspective of much of what I am saying in this post was echoed by the Daily Telegraph Political Editor Peter Oborne, in his article, The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as … Continue reading

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On The Cult Of Managers

We live in a world in which corporate CEO’s and senior managers are feted as a class of Ubermensch to whom the rest of us mere mortals owe gratitude, allegiance and deference. It is often claimed that the multi-national corporations … Continue reading

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