Donald Trump: The Id of Republican Politics II

In his Politics, Aristotle claimed that man was a political animal. By this he meant that the human was predisposed to life within a certain polis, a group, through which all the constituent members could flourish. Noting that other creatures had the same traits, Aristotle added a caveat. What distinguished the polis of man from […]

What is Europe?

What is Europe? In one sense the question is painfully obvious — a geographical location, a collection of borders and cultures and nations. Europe is a place, a distinct over-there that all too often for the United Kingdom at least exists in travel magazines, idyllic photographs and some idealized notion of culture designed to appeal […]

The Politics of Imagination

Andrew O’Hagan should, by all rights be a Scottish national treasure. A stunningly successful writer he’s won and been nominated for pretty much every major award a writer can be. He’s written plays, fiction – even ghost-wrote for Julian Assange. Yet he managed to get himself in trouble with his essay ‘Scotland’s Auld Injury.’ The […]

Män som hatar kvinnor – The Interpellation of The Online Subject

 (what follows is not an attempt to sympathize or excuse, and most certainly not intended to function as a minimization of the role all men play in structural societal misogyny but an attempt to explore the explicitly ideological misogyny that is flourishing in certain dank corners of the internet) On Friday a 22-year-old man killed six people and […]

Towards A Psychoanalytic Reading Of UKIP

I swore I wouldn’t do this. I was absolutely convinced that this was all going to be nothing more than a small footnote in modern British political history. I was convinced that these racists, loons, economic illiterates and xenophobic throwbacks to the 1950s would soon be confined to irrelevance. And yet… Personally psychoanalysis has always […]

The Commodity Fetishism of Surveillance

Have you ever noticed just how much of our day to day lives are set by routines? This isn’t necessarily a criticism mind you; routines represent stability, safety and even a degree of prosperity and economic security. There’s a possibility however that stability and routine are antithetical to proper critical thinking and analysis of what […]