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The internet left have hitherto only complained about the world, the point is to change it

Call me a hypocrite if you like; I know I’m guilty too. Still I wish left-folks on the internet and elsewhere would stop doing the following: 1. Locate or run into something offensive. 2. Post it on their Facebook account, … Continue reading

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Protesting is sensible, lobbying is unrealistic.

I’m sick of hearing that protests don’t work, that they are “unrealistic” and “idealistic”, and that what we need is “sensible” lobbying campaigns. The empirical research, and the social scientists working on the issue (not to mention vast reams of … 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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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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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 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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