On the continuing failure and decline of binary choice in democratic politics…

Of all people, it was perhaps Jeremy Paxman on his retirement from BBC Newsnight who put his finger on the problem causing such disillusion with politics – it is the nonsense that all politics is binary. He said in an interview that it was utterly ludicrous to suggest the Conservatives have all the answers to the country’s woes and Labour has none of them; and equally ludicrous to suggest Labour has all the answers and the Conservatives none – and …

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‘The Living Spirit of Revolt: the Infrapolitics of Anarchism’: Book Review

How can anarchism get beyond marginalized impacts, finicky theorists, and squabbling activists? A Slovenian political scientist, Žiga Vodovnik, offers suggestions forward. This concise survey occupies a space, if pre-Occupy (despite a 2013 copyright for the English translation this offers no updates but the late Howard Zinn, who died in 2010, provides an encouraging introduction), where an overview of anarchism’s philosophies and history segues into a connection to not only Continental and British thinkers, but its overlooked, attenuated American Transcendental roots. …

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Why the ‘sacred myth’ matters more than money in politics…

I had this piece slipped to me a couple of days ago when we were up to our eyes in a very local form of culture war in Armagh by an English colleague, John Pollock. It’s very focused on trying to explain how to follow voter sentiment in the upcoming US general elections. My apologies for quoting almost the whole thing entire but it’s had hard to know where to split it: The key to understanding tribal behavior is not …

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