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The Lessons of Rome: Our Neofeudal Oligarchy

The Lessons of Rome: Our Neofeudal Oligarchy

Commentary
Charles Hugh Smith
Our society has a legal structure of self-rule and ownership of capital, but in reality it is a Neofeudal Oligarchy. The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages 400-1000 is not an easy, breezy read; its length and detail are daunting. The effort is well worth it, as the book helps us understand how the power structures of societies change over time in ways that may be largely invisible to those living through the changes. The Inheritance of Rome focuses on the lasting influence of Rome’s centralized social and political structures even as centralized economic power and trade routes dissolved ...
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Corporate Bias in the UK Media

Corporate Bias in the UK Media

Politics
Mark Tweedy
Since journalists overwhelmingly rely on the voices of elites, elites have a disproportionate influence on the media agenda, acting as the ‘primary definers’ who set the framework of interpretation against which all subsequent voices are forced to insert themselves. While voices on the right-wing of the political spectrum often claim that the media has an implicit left-wing agenda, it is corporations, not leftist academics, which enforce politically correct limits on speech. By contrast, ordinary people who appear in the news are constructed primarily as passive consumers, reacting to the agendas set by these elites. If the UK press had a left wing agenda, why would they not support Jeremy Corbyn? After all he embodies many left-wing ideas ...
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Censorship of The Working Man

Censorship of The Working Man

Commentary
Zack Breslin
“Strong and stable, strong and stable”. This was Theresa May’s increasingly desperate refrain as her popularity plummeted over the course of the 2017 UK General Election. Having announced the unnecessary poll in what can only be described as a bout of extreme hubris, Theresa May found herself increasingly exposed as uncharismatic and uninspired. Despite a relentless media campaign to vilify her main opponent, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, it was May who was in serious trouble and the Conservative Party who were at risk of losing their slim parliamentary majority ...
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Livorno: Italy’s Communist Football Club

Livorno: Italy’s Communist Football Club

Commentary
Jack Yates

Fan culture in football is often criticised, and rightly so in many cases. Racism, sectarianism, sexism, and abuse are routine—just as they are across society as a whole. Nowhere is this more so than in Italy, where the terraces of all the major clubs are home to myriad fascist groups, with anti-Semitic and racist taunts commonplace. This was recently evidenced by the abhorrent abuse of Juventus’s young, black, Italian superstar Moise Kean. However, fan culture can—and does—have a positive impact on people and entire communities. Football fan culture can give rise to solidarity, friendship, and togetherness. When it is done right, it can be politically inspiring and a powerful force for good. This is ...
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Confessions of a Reluctant Anarchist

Confessions of a Reluctant Anarchist

Commentary
Michael Andoscia
I have to admit to a certain squeamishness when asked about my political affiliations. Part of this is due to the fact that my political beliefs are, at least as far as I am concerned, complicated. Another variable is that I’ve never been a joiner. Group dynamics have always made me uncomfortable because, very often, the consciousness that develops within the group conflicts with my individual consciousness to which I always defer. I also don’t like to be pigeonholed. I don’t want assumptions to be made about what I believe and what I support by virtue of my group assignation. I like to make up my own mind based on the available evidence.“So, you ARE an anarchist!” ...
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Literal McFeminism: Clickbait Corporatism in a Consumer Culture

Literal McFeminism: Clickbait Corporatism in a Consumer Culture

Commentary
Joseph Kaminski
The McDonalds Corporation did something bold for International Women Day, folks. You’d think a multi-billion-dollar industry would celebrate such an occasion by eliminating the wage gap between workers within their company, or better yet pay their workers an actual living wage. But no, McDonalds did something that is just about as real and sustaining as their product.Rather than opening the dialogue further on the topics of inequality and social normality within the world, the giant mega-corporation decided to really think outside the box on this one. McDonalds decided to flip their infamous Golden Arch iconography from an ‘M’ to a ‘W’. This, of course, represents the word “Women”. However, this is nothing more than a shockingly out-of-touch ...
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Marx and Manifesto: A Beginner's Review

Marx and Manifesto: A Beginner’s Review

Commentary
Phillip Sutcliffe-Mott
I didn’t finish The Communist Manifesto when I first read it. Despite its short length, I knew within ten pages that I was too immature. Something stuck with me though. An observation which hardened, some years later, when I started university. It was how in awe with capitalism Marx was. How complementary and excitable his tone. There are pages of passages that marvel at capitalism’s capacity as an all-consuming global force.This goes some way to explaining how odd a text Manifesto is. The whole thing is delivered by two voices at once, each oppositional to the other. The critic and the fan. This, as we’ll see, is fitting indeed ...
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Ad hominem esquire

Ad hominem esquire

Commentary
Joseph Kaminski
With social media usage at an all-time high, the opinionative nature of mankind is now broadcasted across the world at the mere click of a button. Nowadays, just about anyone with access to technology can be heard by the entire world. People go ‘viral’ thanks in part to a hive-mind-styled, systematic internet. If something is mildly interesting, funny, or informative it has the potential to be blown out of proportion and shared on every medium imaginable. The marvelous technological advances witnessed through social media platforms and other aspects of the internet have allowed human connection to expand in ways that no m ...
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