Generation Left

By Keir Milburn

Something remarkable has happened over the last few years. Age has emerged as the key dividing line in politics. Young people are much more likely to vote Left and hold left-wing views, while older generations are more likely to vote Right and hold conservative social, and increasingly … Read More

Žižek and the Paradoxical Privatization of… Communism

Terrible predictions…

In 1879, the magnificently named Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff MP met with a little known German journalist called Karl Marx.
According to Francis Wheen’s biography, Sir Mountstuart, in a letter he wrote shortly after the meeting, was of the opinion that, although Marx was a nice chap:… Read More

Affinities

Why does a woman who discovers relatives she never knew she had, feel so moved when she recognises a family resemblance with them, and how is it that family resemblances can feel uncanny, or spooky, or even magical? What is happening when someone feels an affinity with a place, or … Read More

Is racism an environmental threat?

A couple of friends have kindly offered me a space to write something that helps introduce ‘Is Racism an Environmental Threat?’ (IRET?). Vijay Prashad’s Will The Flower Slip Through The Asphalt (LeftWord Books, 2017) has been one of such spaces. Olivia Rutazibwa’s blog Rethinking Francophone Africa is another. Polity Press … Read More

The Persistence of Gender Inequality

When the sun shone on the Womens’s March against Trump on 21st January it gave hope to the many who were there, and the many who weren’t, that the possibility of solidarity between women against various forms of misogyny was not just a memory. It was clearly an occasion of … Read More