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Politics

Spain’s Democratic Transition is Backsliding

Biel Schreuder Obiols discusses the scandals that have exacerbated a crumbling sense of democracy in Spain. Over recent months in Spain, the behaviour of the state has become increasingly outlandish, absurd and sinister. Despite the current government being one comprised of the centre-left Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) and the far-left Unidas Podemos (UP), their […]

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Coronavirus Philosophy

In the World of COVID, Technology Is Not Our Friend

In Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, he argues that a pandemic was the best time, for the state, to institute a panopticon on society – a society in which, power could be exercised, not through force or violence, rather via surveillance: “The plague-stricken town, transverse throughout with hierarchy, surveillance, observation, writing; the town immobilized by […]

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Science & Technology

Hannah Arendt on SpaceX

Hannah Arendt, a 20th century German-Jewish political theorists, noted that people reacted with awe and inspiration in a similar way to the same event in 1961 as the space x launch in 2020. The reason people were so moved by it was that it symbolised humanity growing up. Finally, we had surpassed our adolescence and were […]

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Opinion

The Problem With Dominic Cummings

When my mother watched Dominic Cummings’ press conference on May 25th, it was the first time she had heard him speak. She watched the entire thing and the impression she got from Cummings was that ‘he’s an arrogant arsehole’. The public attitude was fairly similar. For all the bravado that Cummings showed, the majority of […]

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Opinion

How Neoliberalism has Sowed the Seeds of a Nationalist Revival

Prior to COVID-19 political nationalism had enjoyed growing support. Its popularity is likely to remain into the aftermath of this pandemic as democracies decide who should pay for the vast amounts of money that have been spent to keep economies from completely collapsing. understanding the consequences and causes of nationalism remain as important as ever. […]

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Opinion

Coronavirus Lockdown Will Leave a More Narcissistic Society

As Boris Johnson has extended the lockdown for a further three weeks, nobody wishes to come to terms with the fact that this shutdown will continue, in some form, for the foreseeable future. This is a paradigm-shifting event that will cause a profound change in the psychology of our society. Fundamentally, what we will value […]

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Opinion

Attempts to Make Politics Sane are Turning it Crazy

Over recent years, politics has been defined by an almost constant stream of  shocking events. Events that nobody anticipated or properly understands. From the 2008 financial crisis to the Grenfell fire, politicians, journalists and the public are all asking: how did this happen? And nobody can provide a definitive answer. Politics today does not make […]