“If you believe you are a citizen of the world you are a citizen of nowhere” Theresa May condescendingly cackled as a rapturous applause erupted in the hall of the 2017 Conservative Party conference. No longer was the Prime Minister going to tolerate the smug, cosmopolitan elite who spend their summers in San Francisco and winters in the Andorran alpine sneering down with disgust … Continue reading There is No Anti-Elite
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
Author: Anna Pomortseva Puidgemont in Brussels, members of Catalan Parliament under threat of imprisonment and more than 1000 firms transferred from Catalonia to Madrid, has Catalonia declared Independence ? ” 8 segundos de independencia ” – a new proverb for Catalonia, which speaks of a temporary phenomenon. The temporary phenomenon is the time period of independence, when on October 10th Carles Puidgemont signed a declaration … Continue reading Catalonia: Is Independence Worth It?
Author: Dean Molyneaux Can royal intervention solve a constitutional crisis? The Catalan experience suggests the answer remains ‘no’. For many of a certain age in Spain, the appearance of King Felipe VI in a rare live television address to the nation yesterday will surely bring back memories of the turbulent transition from dictatorship to democracy that the country experienced in the aftermath of Franco’s death. … Continue reading Why Spain’s King Felipe Made The Strongest Case For Catalan Independence
The legal loophole for exploitative labour is expanding at an exponential rate. Remember the days when we used to work for money? Well welcome to the world where you work for experience in the hope that one day you’ll be lucky enough to work for money. That’s the bleak reality for many young people in Ireland today faced with little option beyond unpaid internships, emigration … Continue reading There’s no such thing as an ‘Unpaid Intern’
Author: Fillip Steffensen When Donald Trump won the 2016 US election, pundits predicted a populist backlash against past decades of fiscally and culturally liberal policies. Porous borders, terrorist threats and the decline of the manufacturing industry were blamed for the emergence of populism. However, 6 months after the inauguration of Donald Trump, the world -especially Europe – has experienced what I would call a liberal … Continue reading Is Donald Trump unintentionally promoting a liberal agenda In Europe?
Author: Melina Zacharia An attempt to link together two quotes of two very different writers: Jack Kerouac in a Letter to John Clellon Holmes saying, “All of life is a foreign country” and Lewis Carroll in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland saying, “We are all mad here” There are approximately 7,5 billion people in this place we call Earth and not even one of us … Continue reading We’re All Foreigners and We’re All Mad.
Professor Mark Blyth analyses the fall of neoliberalism and the global financial crisis. Giving a poignant and comprehensive argument as to why the stagnating economic conditions and austerity allowed the populism of Podemos, Brexit and Trump to thrive. Continue reading Why Populism Bit Back
Professor Noam Chomsky speaks to BBC Newsnight to discuss the anger which has raged across the Middle and Working Classes of Western democracies since the economic collapse in 2008. Discussing the roots of the anger, the rise of far right nationalism as well as the optimistic signs of youth galvanisation around progressive policies on climate change and income inequality – Chomsky discusses why he would … Continue reading Why I’d Vote For Corbyn
Simon Sinek explores the reasons why Millenials are getting a bad reputation. From growing up with a toxic addiction to social media to the sense of entitlement which is cultivated in today’s youth through instant gratification and pampering. This talk is a riveting insight into the potential damage of overuse of social media at a young age and poses some stark questions about how young … Continue reading Why Millennials Can’t be Happy