Being alive is not simply a question of keeping your vital organs ticking over. One could not say someone on life support is ‘living’. Amongst the innumerable impacts of the one-size-fits-all or blind quarantines being used as the major response to covid19 in many countries, the onset of dementia (and other social/mental conditions) will surely … Continue reading Mental Health is Social
If you spend your time exploring the possible implications of ideas if they were played out in a potential non-alienable but anticipatable future one of many observations that emerges is as follows, or as Gramsci’s put it you assess ‘the whole field of action’: UBS or Universal Basic Services (and UBI’s to a lesser degree) … Continue reading Without considering the scale and context of UBS/UBI they will fail or go colonial. It’s possible to avoid this.
Last year in light of the ‘London Bridge’ attack and a General Election, the Labour Party argued for more and better-equipped police. There was talk of the police having been spread thin and having ‘lost control of the streets’. There was talk of increasing the number of police jobs and putting more money into centralised … Continue reading Should we not all be dreaming of a world without more police?
...practices that do not attempt to understand the technical, social and ecological dimensions of what they are engaging in. ...’To waste’ is a colloquialism that means to kill, seriously injure or manufacture ‘dead matter/bodies/waste products, as a method of demonstrating ‘social’ control over a space. It is an assertion of legitimacy over the lives of … Continue reading Definition: To Waste
In my experience the defining narrative that creates problems in understanding the environmental impact of food production is that of scarcity and the idea that humans need to grow more food. The narrative is we need more efficient ways of extracting more food from land. As most land use scientists will tell you then, the … Continue reading The Defining Myth of Food Systems, Agriculture and Land use