The focus of the UCU strike has shifted from 2018 to include precarious contracts and the poor working conditions of non-academic support staff. On 22 February 2018, UCU members went on strike for an unprecedented 14 days over changes made to their pension benefit. However, the current action also comes in response to a separate […]
An interview with Aaron Bastani about his new book Fully Automated Luxury Communism.
Over a thousand students and staff at two US universities have been quarantined following a measles outbreak. People under the quarantine have been advised to stay at home and avoid other people. They have been barred from public transport and could face prosecution if they disobey their quarantine. They could face prosecution if they disobey […]
A figure hurtles across a car park on a skateboard. On another day he plays punky riffs which echo out of his garage. These are not the weekend hobbies of a teenager whose politics can barely be articulated beyond anger at “the system” and whose intellectual curiosity extends as far as Trevor Noah. This figure […]
The cleansing wave of ‘Pasokification’ (the process whereby traditional European social democratic and conservative/Christian democratic parties lose their support base) crashed in France in the 2017 election, leaving three populists on the shore with their heads above the water. Macron, the election winner and self-declared ‘Jupiterian’ sun-king, was a populist only in loose terms. He […]
I was punched, headbutted in the face and one of my t-shirts was ripped, yet despite these experiences I would still dub 2000 Trees the UK’s friendliest festival. After the punch, the owner of the frantically windmilling arms stopped and profusely apologised. I think I invited the headbutt. I’m not sure, I sustained it while […]
Uber, the ride hailing app and pioneer of the so-called sharing economy, recently lost its license to operate in London in a decision taken by TFL (Transport For London) as a result of Uber’s lack of corporate responsibility. Since its inception, Uber has been a particularly scandal mired company with concerns raised globally over sexual […]
Rick and Morty has been, from the beginning, a fantastically funny show that showcases cartoons’ unique brilliance perhaps even better than South Park or The Simpsons in their prime. The show’s take on the absurdity of life, expressed through the contrast between its monologues on freedom that mirror the words of Sartre and its insistence […]