Submitted by Joseph Kay on Dec 7 2013 11:42
With recent strikes, occupations, and violent repression, the university is becoming a battleground. What does this mean for university staff and students?
Submitted by Joseph Kay on Nov 8 2013 15:18
Ha-Joon Chang argues that higher wages are good for workers and businesses alike. He's wrong.
Submitted by Joseph Kay on Sep 19 2013 10:10
When we limit ourselves to reasoned critique we cut ourselves off from the everyday experiences of life under capitalism from which any revolutionary rupture must grow.
Submitted by Joseph Kay on Sep 4 2013 13:24
Some tweets on left parliamentary aspirations and Keynesian welfare state mythology.
Submitted by Joseph Kay on Aug 11 2013 08:55
Some quick comments on the latest 'shit Dawkins says on Twitter' row.
Submitted by Joseph Kay on May 29 2013 11:54
Three reasons why laughing at the EDL is counter-productive, and what we should do instead.
Submitted by Joseph Kay on May 17 2013 12:18
Submitted by Joseph Kay on Feb 12 2013 20:36
A short blog inspired by a long banner.
Submitted by Joseph Kay on Jan 3 2013 20:45
ALL MUST WORK! declares the cabinet of millionaires. 'Workers not shirkers!', they implore. 'Strivers not skivers!' The divide-and-rule rhetoric trying to pit those in work against those without is as relentless as it is transparent. But what's so good about work anyway?
Submitted by Joseph Kay on Dec 5 2012 09:51
The Guardian today reports a rise in homelessness. This is a predictable (and predicted) consequence of benefits cuts, but it has nothing to do with a shortage of homes.
Submitted by Joseph Kay on Sep 20 2012 11:02
Some further thoughts on capitalism and climate change.
Submitted by Joseph Kay on Jun 11 2012 09:22
Blog post in which I pass off 140-character bursts from Twitter as enigmatic libertarian communist analysis.
Submitted by Joseph Kay on May 18 2012 18:30
There's been several articles posted lately critical of identity politics from a class struggle perspective. This blog addresses some of the pitfalls of the class unity v identity politics debate.
Submitted by Joseph Kay on Apr 25 2012 17:42
This is a short blog inspired by the news that the UK is officially in ‘double-dip’ recession (as predicted by pretty much everyone on the left).
Submitted by Joseph Kay on Mar 24 2012 20:15
This is a short blog prompted by recent events in Brighton, as well as wider discussions I’ve been having about the (possible) relationship of austerity to gendered violence and oppression.
Submitted by Joseph Kay on Feb 16 2012 20:15
Workfare isn’t just an austerity measure, it’s part of a longer term restructuring of the labour market. That makes it all the more important to kill it while we still can.
Submitted by Joseph Kay on Jan 3 2012 19:09
I finally finished this book after reading it on and off for months. First, I'll say this is a very unsettling book. By this, I mean it makes you think again about things you thought you knew already, and can't be easily assimilated into an existing worldview. For that reason alone, it's worth reading.
Submitted by Joseph Kay on Dec 26 2011 14:30
Does the failure to reach an agreement to keep global temperature rises below 2 degrees celsius prove that capitalism has no answer to man-made climate change?
Submitted by Joseph Kay on Dec 20 2011 00:26
I remember when I first Silvia Federici's Caliban and the Witch I liked its synthesis of autonomist Marxist emphasis on class struggle and Foucauldian 'politics of the body', situating the womens struggles as a site of class conflict. But I also had some nagging doubts about elements of the historical narrative.
Submitted by Joseph Kay on Dec 7 2011 13:27
The news that graduates are now paying to work for free just adds to the feeling that something has to give.