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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To be a true democrat, and to genuinely believe in the power of democracy, is to be an Anarchist.
Contrary to what you may have heard, Anarchy is not chaos and disorder.
If you are imagining a world at war, where people stab one another in the back in order to get ahead, where huge swathes of the population suffer and struggle, where the Earth and all its creatures are abused, where corruption is rampant, where the biggest bullies and the best liars are rewarded with the most, and where minorities are excluded and prejudice thrives, you are thinking of capitalism, not Anarchy.
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At last, the finish line is in sight. Once this mammoth set of blog posts is out of the way I can get back to working my way through a list of things that I have been meaning to write about for some time. This will be the final post on the book Philanthrocapitalism and the topic. I promise.
So, where were we? Towards the end of the book. Chapter 11.
Once again Philanthrocapitalism continues its seduction of the large multinationals with more grovelling to Nike, Shell, Barclays, Pfizer, and Coca-Cola. Walmart is singled out for numerous pages of praise, despite the innumerable criticisms it has faced. Even with the text in the book, the criticisms still far out way the praise. Celebrities are then introduced and afforded a hefty pat on the back themselves. Bono, Angelina Jolie, and Madonna are just some of those who appear.
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What is happiness?
That is the question that was put to me in the early hours of Saturday morning last week.
I came across a tweet by The Good Men Project, and they were asking for opinions. They posed the question: “what is it that makes you happy?”
Lying in bed, and armed with a pen and paper, I noted down some thoughts.
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Clint Eastwood famously starred in the classic spaghetti western, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and though it may seem like a perfectly useful way to categorise people, things are, unfortunately, not that simple.
Throughout my time growing up I was told that there was the good guys, and there was the bad guys. It was that simple. Black and white, with no overlap. In World War Two the Nazis were the bad guys, in Disney films it was obvious who was meant to be the figure of hate, in football Manchester United were the enemy.
As you grow up you learn to realise that this way of thinking about the world is not only far too simplistic, it is also inherently flawed.
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