“The truth is there are no races”

  “The truth is that there are no races” Kwame Anthony Appiah controversially wrote in 1985 launching him into fame and notoriety among his professional peers. In this fascinating conversation between two of the most esteemed and provocative thinkers on racial identity, Appiah sits down with Professor Priya Gopal to unpack the philosophy of race, it’s historical development and why it’s not a ‘biological category.’ For … Continue reading “The truth is there are no races”

Why Satire Isn’t Funny

It’s often promulgated that satire is the great weapon of the powerless against the powerful. Nothing can send the unhinged megalomaniac or deranged despot faster into a toddler tantrum than simply being laughed at. Yet there is growing criticism that today’s mainstream political satire serves to promote rather than undermine the establishment and extremist politicians. By providing the likes of Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Jacob … Continue reading Why Satire Isn’t Funny

Why Brexit Was an Anguished Cry For Community

In this powerful, insightful interview Owen Jones speaks to actor Martin Sheen about Working Class Britain. He describes how you cannot underestimate the power of the “take back control” message. You are talking about communities that have lost all sense of control in terms of de-industrialisation, globalisation and abandonment from central government. However this is  little to do with EU membership but needs to be … Continue reading Why Brexit Was an Anguished Cry For Community

Why Words Matter: Turkey vs. Europe

In this panel discussion Author & social commentator Elif Shafak talks about the degrading and increasingly hostile relationship between Turkey & Europe. In doing so she compares the rising nationalism in Europe to the rising Islamism in Turkey. This is an excellent overview of Shafak’s views on cosmopolitanism and extremism. Believing that extremism flourishes when identities are concentrated to a mono form. Be it “you … Continue reading Why Words Matter: Turkey vs. Europe

Do Millennials Confuse “Clicktivism” with Real Activism?

In this short clip of Intelligence Squared’s debate “Millennials Don’t Stand A Chance” the speakers discuss the modern generations attitude to activism. If Martin Luther King was marching in 2016 would thousands of people click attending on Facebook only not to show up on the day? Has the Millennial generation become more naive by social media or do they have the same traits as previous generations … Continue reading Do Millennials Confuse “Clicktivism” with Real Activism?

The Difference Between Gratification & Happiness: We’ve Known Since 341 BC

Epicureanism is said to be a philosophy of pleasure seeking. Not in a capitalist sense of “treating oneself” by purchasing instant high in disregard of long term low, Be it through Sugar, alcohol or drugs. Climax is said to be an unsustainable and long term potentially destructive means of pleasure seeking. Real happiness is a state of being in which free expression, feelings of achievement … Continue reading The Difference Between Gratification & Happiness: We’ve Known Since 341 BC

The Necessity Of New Ideas

The clock is ticking. Welfare economics has eroded in the West as Multinational Companies have taken full advantage of globalisation and far surpassed the wealth of many democratic States. Conflict & economic insecurity have fuelled the largest mass migration crisis in history. But the question, is this simply the natural consequence of our global economic system? Why do we look at issues of war/economy/migration/climate change … Continue reading The Necessity Of New Ideas

Why Mainstream Journalism has Failed – Soledad O’Brien

Soledad O’Brien is a brilliant journalist. So good CNN felt they had to axe her for exposing politicians so much they were turning down appearances on the channel. In this segment she returns as a guest lampooning the false equivalent back & forth coverage of Trump & Clinton. While Clinton has called out Trump for normalizing white supremacy, she has provided concrete evidence of rallies, … Continue reading Why Mainstream Journalism has Failed – Soledad O’Brien