Category Archives: Political & far left theory

Consensus and majority voting: merely different strategies, not principles.

The argument often put forward for consensus, that it respects the freedom of the participants in a group by not forcing them to agree to a decision which they reject, makes little sense to me. So long as a group … Continue reading

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Some quick ideas for an Analytic Anarchism program

I’ll be writing up a consideration of Alan Carter’s much more developed approach to the same topic soon. I’ve argued previously that analytic philosophy has a lot to give anarchism and vice-versa. Naturally this is a project that’s already begun … Continue reading

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Something’s odd about the marriage campaign

Marriage is a fascinating case study in the history of ideas. The same-sex marriage campaign is interesting in a way. Originally marriages were not registered, that is being married was regarded as a relation between two people. Overtime, legal requirements … Continue reading

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Why be optimistic about left prospects?

Someone recently asked me why I’m relatively optimistic about the revolutionary potential of the next ten to twenty years. I wasn’t sure how to reply and I just sort of listed off a bunch of factors: the necessity of response to … Continue reading

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The Case for Class

Within both radical and moderate left circles there is a serious debate about whether or not a politics which deems class struggle as more central than other forms of struggle against oppression is preferable to a politics which sees all … Continue reading

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Open thread: What happened to wages in the mid seventies?

Everyone by now has seen some variation of that graph. What happened and why? Whatever it was, why did it keep going? Why was it replicated around the world? If it isn’t reversed, what will happen? Give me your best … Continue reading

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Anarchist Concepts 2: The State

“Surely” the reader might think “everyone who knows anything about anarchism must know what the state is, after all, whatever the central tenets of anarchism are, one must be the rejection of the state.” You’d be right to some degree, … Continue reading

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Anarchist concepts 1: Insurrectionist vs Mass Anarchism

This is the first in a series of short posts explaining concepts and debates in anarchist theory. It’s meant for readers who grasp the basics of anarchism as a political philosophy, but wish to understand some of the nuances of … Continue reading

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An incredibly one-sided account of why Analytic Philosophy tends not to be radical, and a plea for more radical Analytic Philosophy.

Anyone who has either met me or read this blog has probably figured out by now that I am both a political radical (an anarcho-communist to be precise) and an Analytic Philosopher (broadly aligned with some mix of neo-positivism and … Continue reading

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The Egalitarian Case for Shoplifting

By redistributive I mean reducing the holdings of the rich in favor of those less well off. Almost all political philosophers who believe in redistribution believe that there’s not enough of it going on in our society. Thus the egalitarian … Continue reading

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