What The Fuck Is Happening In Prisons Right Now?

This is a guest post in response to the news and events surrounding the rioting in UK prisons.

The recent “incident” in HMP Birmingham is just the latest in a wave of rebellions taking place across the country this autumn, from Bedford to Lewes and elsewhere around the country, and it has little to do with the availability of televisions. And it’s not over – it looks like Hull is next.

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Evolve or Die: Which Political Ideology Can Bring Us The Future?

Karl Marx believed that capitalism contained the seeds of its own destruction, and whilst we are yet to see whether this is true or not, it is clear that our rigid political ideologies are certainly the cause of their own downfall.

Despite its best efforts, Communism was unable to stem the rising tide of wealth, innovation, and change. Through its State-driven process, and its endless five-year plans, it attempted to plot a path with no clue as to what may be around the next corner. Capitalism survived, and thrived, because of its ability to adapt.

Charles Darwin recognised this phenomenon biologically in the natural world with animals having to adapt (evolve) in order to maintain their existence on the planet. (Note that these adaptations were random and were not driven by the animals themselves).

Politically, we must learn this biological lesson. If you stay still, you fall behind, and eventually cease to exist.

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Paul Mason Is Wrong To Oppose The Brexiteers Demonstration

This is a guest post in response to Paul Mason’s recent article in The Guardian: “Bond traders, Trots, and mumsnetters must unite against Farage’s mob”

I was a huge admirer of Paul Mason for his decision to go to Channel 4 in order to escape the confines of the BBC that had stymied his ability to report economics accurately. Last year, I heard him speak in Athens on the state of the economy. It was something of a Marxian argument – technologies have developed to such a degree that we don’t need to work like in the days of old and can be liberated from the fetters of inefficient drudgery.

My admiration was in large part hopeful – “if he continues his line of reasoning, perhaps he will come up with something interesting”. But on the basis of his latest piece on Brexit, which was published in The Guardian (see link above), this hasn’t happened.

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An Open Letter To The Labour Party – From Someone Denied Membership

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing in relation to the Labour Membership Appeal 2493653.

After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw my appeal relating to my application to become a member of the Labour party. My reasons for doing so are numerous, and are outlined below. If you could return the £25 that was accepted from me in the last leadership election, but then which related vote was denied, we will consider the matter closed.

To confirm, I do not wish to continue with the appeal against being denied membership of the party. My reasons for no longer wanting to be a member of the Labour party are as follows:

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40 Years of Failure

When you are walking in the wrong direction, the smart thing to do would be to stop, evaluate where you are heading, and change course if necessary.

To continue walking in the wrong direction is not progress, but idiocy.

For almost half a century we have confused the two, purposefully striding down a street that leads to a destination nobody wants to reach.

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