“In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People.”
― Eugene Victor Debs
So on Thursday 6th May the new new Labour Party — under new new management — had its first electoral test under Sir Keir Starmer. These were local council elections, Mayoral elections, a by-election in Hartlepool and Scottish and Welsh Parliamentary elections. The local elections in England were an unmitigated disaster for Starmer and the Labour Party. …
Yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great,
In a strange way it is a nice change to be watching a post-apocalyptic landscape that is not infested with zombies. This is Chicago — or what remains of the city — in America during their struggle to remain free of the religious theocracy of Gilead, that is now, the main stage for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.
Yet all is not well here either. The Sanctuary which we thought — and hoped — June…
So its back and after the developments in Seasons 1–3 its going to be a hard act to follow in Season 4. From the original story the TV adaptation has managed to be both faithful to the utterly brilliant book by Margaret Atwood and yet has developed her story into new territory. Into virgin territory you could argue. And of course Offred/Ofjoseph/June does just that, argue, rebel and act. Her agency is Season 4.
June has along with her comrades managed to geta plane-load of Gilead children to freedom in Canada. In the process she has been shot and is…
‘One does not know: not out of ignorance, but because this non-object, this non-present presence, this being-there of an absent or departed one no longer belongs to knowledge. At least no longer to that which one thinks one knows by the name of knowledge.’
— Jacques Derrida (1994)
‘The future belongs to ghosts.’
— Jacques Derrida (2013)
In his love of antiquities and his devotion to recording and cataloguing them the young M.R. James was a very Victorian archaeologist, exploring churches and archives, and at the age of 12 writing to his father of his desire “above all things to…
Paul. Really enjoyed the piece,mate. Much 'food' for thought.
Xenia or ''Guest-friendship''as you well know is the hospitality, generosity, and courtesy shown to strangers who are in need of food and shelter as they travel far from home. It is formulaic and reciprocal, with specific responsibilities expected from both the stranger (the xenos) and the host (the xenodokos). The foundation of civilised conduct. When broken it MUST be punished.
Hence the Trojan War and the brutal slaying of Hector, death of Paris , the burning down and utter obliteration of Troy, the Trojan women sold into slavery and Astyyanax murdered…
I am not sure if you are aware but there has been a recent death in the British royal family. The 99 year-old husband and consort of the Queen — Prince Philip — passed away in his sleep ( not from Covid ) on the morning of Friday April 9th. He is to be buried on Saturday 17th April. 30 people will attend because of Covid restrictions but you can if you wish watch it live on BBC One and probably — simultaneously — on BBC Two as well. No doubt ITV will cover the funeral and other channels are…
“Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in on her. “It isn’t fair,” she said. A stone hit her on the side of the head. Old Man Warner was saying, “Come on, come on, everyone.” Steve Adams was in the front of the crowd of villagers, with Mrs. Graves beside him.
“It isn’t fair, it isn’t right,” Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her.
— Shirley Jackson,The Lottery
I am not American. So I have come late to the genius of Andrew…
He waxes desperate with imagination.
Let’s follow. ’Tis not fit thus to obey him.
Have after. To what issue will this come?
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Heaven will direct it.
Nay, let’s follow him. [Exeunt.]
(Hamlet, Act-I, Scene-IV, Lines 87–91)
One lives in a country where the Royal Family or ‘The Firm’ — as they are referred to by themselves in private and by those who see them and know them for what they really are — still continues to behave and operate as if they are above the law…
“Estragon: We always find something, eh Didi, to give us the impression we exist?
Vladimir: Yes, yes, we’re magicians.”
― Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett is a play that prompts many questions, and answers none of them. Written originally in French in 1948–49 it was premiered in 1953 in Paris. Ostensibly it is about two characters, Vladimir (Dido) and Estragon (Gogo) who engage in a variety of discussions and encounters while awaiting Godot, who never arrives. ‘And if he comes?’ one of Beckett’s tramps asks the other near the end of the play. ‘We’ll…
‘‘The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.’’
— Martin Luther King Jr.
On 11 February 2021, President Joe Biden announced a review of plans to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp by the end of his term. At the time, there were 40 prisoners at the camp, most of whom had been held for nearly two decades without being charged or tried. As of January 2021, 731 of the 780 people detained were transferred, 40 remain and 9 died while in custody.
The camp was established by…