Realities

Charlotte Nichols MP interview: “To me, Judaism is about sanctifying life on earth rather than securing a reward in a world to come, and that … really focuses me.”

Charlotte Nichols has been the MP for Warrington North since December last year. Charlotte’s Jewish, and for Jewish people this is a significant time of the year, the Omer, which is the counting of the days from Pesach, the festival of freedom, to Shavuot, the festival of revelation. On Shavuot, the story of Ruth, the archetypal Jew who became Jewish later in…

So much for the terrestrial left! A. A. Gittlitz’ I Want to Believe: Posadism, UFOs and Apocalypse Communism

  If you’re the type that engages with contemporary left theory, chances are you’ll be familiar with “capitalist realism”; Mark Fisher’s idea that neoliberal capitalism has done such a number on our capacity for radical imagination that “it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism”. However, the affliction of the contemporary left (here covering everything…

Liberal Transphobia and Understanding Power

Image Credit: Press Association It’s always foolish to talk about ‘where the left is failing’ in broad-brushstroke terms, but if there’s one change I wish would be made to popular leftist discourse, it would be to talk more clearly and accessibly about power. Arundhati Roy, in 2014’s Capitalism: A Ghost Story, lays out the problem of becoming entrenched in a human-rights discourse…

The Social Review Podcast Episode 44: Commoning the Company

Joe and Jasper chat to Mathew Lawrence, Director of the think tank Common Wealth, to catch up on their work over the past year and their latest report on democratising private companies; they discuss the interplay between nation-states and international corporations, the future of air travel, and how Covid-19 will change globalisation. Commoning the Company: https://www.common-wealth.co.uk/reports/commoning-the-company iTunes

Lansman’s Dilemma

“I think we made mistakes in the eighties. With hindsight, I don’t think we helped ourselves. We allowed ourselves to be marginalised; we were too unforgiving of people who some saw as betraying our principles and didn’t give them a way back. My view has always been that if you don’t take the mainstream of the Labour Party with you, you’re going…

The Social Review Podcast Episode 43: International Trade with Bill Esterson MP

Jasper sits down with Bill Esterson, MP for Sefton Central and Shadow Minister for International Trade, to discuss the future of Labour’s trade policy; how coronavirus will impact globalisation, and what kind of story Labour needs to tell about Britain’s place in the world – as well as, of course, the most punk rock thing he’s ever done. iTunes

Labour Campaign for Folk Horror

I spent much of my childhood in the land of long and lonely driveways hung with fog and remote houses in the middle of storms; of darkened railway stations and cultists, standing stones and lurking creatures, sinister voiceovers and pale faced, long fingered children. This wasn’t through personal choice; I just grew up in a family that was intensely interested in ghost…