The Frankfurt School: An Alternative View

I originally posted this at my own place, but I”m putting it up here as well. The point of it is not to deny that our society has in many ways moved in the wrong direction, and that some have actively conspired to…

One in the eye for Russell T Davis

Dumb Jon exercises his lethal, laser-like conservative analysis this week about the diverse intergalactic world of the creator of the new, all-Frankfurt School Doctor Who. Say what you like about Russell T Davis, but at least his latest effusions are…

The (Tinted) Glass Ceiling…

Kwame Kwei-Armah, the actor and playwright, claims that there is a ‘glass ceiling’ for black actors in Britain. Really? Shame he said that just as ‘Luther’ returned to our screens… “There is a strong sense among black actors that there…

The Contempt of the Fourth Estate

If there is a profession I despise more than politicians, it is journalists. More even than ambulance chasing lawyers. Indeed, ambulance chasing lawyers are paragons of virtue when compared with the other two –  they, at least, are trying to…

The sociopaths who walk among us

Jesse – is he mad or right? I think he”s right. Has he overstepped the mark? Not all sociopaths wield knives and knotted cords. Some wear suits, and are exceptionally intelligent and articulate, obsessively driven, and are able to use…

Is street action efficacious?

The supposedly out of control riots: Spokesman Justin Karasick said the hospital had tended to four stabbings, eight head wounds, and four or five lacerations by late evening. As well, another 30 to 40 people were treated at the General…

All your house belong me

I have to explain more frequently than one may imagine the meaning of ‘freehold’. In England, only the Sovereign owns land; the rest of us just hold bits of the Sovereign’s land on various terms. Freehold means just that –…

It’s Your Own Fault, You Know…

Police warned people to be wary of using expensive phones in public following a spate of street robberies. Officers are receiving reports of at least one mugging a day in Southend, Rochford, and Castle Point and have stepped up patrols.…

The Problem With Anarchism

Over the past couple of years I have noticed a number of libertarians changing their political outlook and instead of identifying themselves as libertarians they now see themselves as anarchists. The argument tends to run along these lines – the…

First They Came For The Wankers

The government’s first big attempt at web censorship is an attempt to ban pornography from the internet ‘for the kids’. To be precise: Under the scheme to protect children from extreme images, hardcore sites would be automatically banned from ALL…

The price of excellence

Is it racist to think that people who come here from other cultures and lands should do their best to adapt to us and that we should not go out of our way to be other than polite and help…