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Forerunners of Modern Globalisation

03/01/2011

Our species, homo sapiens sapiens, is now thought to have evolved at least 120,000 years ago with some recent finds in the Middle East dated to as long ago as 200,000 years ago. On that time scale, the Neolithic agrarian revolution, occurring in most parts of the more densely populated world between 15,000 and 5,000 years ago and only reaching some locales such as Australia, in the era of European colonisation.

New Labour's 1997 Manifesto

03/01/2011

This is the honest manifesto the Labour Party did not publish in 1997 before its historic landslide win, well it did gain 43% of the popular vote with a 75% turnout.

Ubiquitous Assault on the Senses

11/12/2010
How will future generations view early 21st century Britain? An age of enlightenment that allowed more women than ever to work, redefined loud arguments as domestic violence, exposed childhood sexual abuse and extended the benefits of prosperity to more people than ever. This is the spin of the neo-liberal media, i.e. you've never had it so good or experienced such a wonderfully fair and harmonious society. Surely you don't want to return to the dark ages when parents routinely spanked their children at the slightest hint of disobedience and women were chained to the proverbial kitchen sink?

More green ink on Kelly

So control of the oil supply and the UK and US's 90 year long history of destabilisation in the region have nothing to do with it. Anybody who takes Mr Rentoul's spin seriously lacks any capacity for independent thought.

Child database scrapped

Like the "The Age of Absurdity" by Michael Foley, Affluenza by Oliver James, The History of Childhood, Attachment Theory by John Bowlby etc. I've read dozens of books on social, environmental, economic and psychological issues. However, what you probably meant are officially approved social work handbooks that teach you that without the guidance of social workers and constant surveillance, hundreds of thousands of children and women would be victims of abuse. That approach is entirely top-down. Why should...

The lower level of the fourth dimension

What about your suitability as a filing clerk, let alone political commentator of the Independent? Should we trust the judgement of anyone who thinks the ruling elite in this country is somehow immune from the laws of human nature. Throughout history cliques and cabals have conspired to maintain power. Of course, the overall picture can only be understood in environmental, social and economic terms, but believe me governments and multinationals conspire to hide their little dirty tricks campaigns. The US...

Restrepo: Is this the greatest war film ever?

That is a rather silly comment. You have accepted that violence is a normal and inevitable part of human nature that cultural progress will never overcome and at the same time you have restated my point by offering justification for violence. Sure if you call your enemies Nazis, paedoes or terrorists, you can always justify violence. Nonetheless, unlike NuLab, I do believe in the right to self-defence, but would never see momentary defensive action as a form of entertainment. Have you never heard of the...

Restrepo: Is this the greatest war film ever?

Self-righteousness knows no bounds. The last time I visited a bookstore 1/2 of the books in the history were dedicated to WW2 and most extremely one-sided, good guys and bad guys. Anyway official figures clearly show UK arms expenditure rose sharply as early as 1935 under the National Government (with over 500 seats) of Stanley Baldwin. I very much doubt the UK would have declared war over the Soviet/Nazi partition of Poland if they had not been assured that US would enter that war within two years. The...

Historical fundamentalism

First, I have little sympathy for Tea Party fanatics, astrologists, creationists or alchemists, though I guess I'd support their freedom of speech. However, one wonders why we should accept lessons from someone who have failed to learn the most basic lessons of the last 15 years and fails to address the real reasons for the US/UK occupation of Iraq. I really don't know who's more dangerous. As Mr Rentoul has often cast doubt on higher estimates of Iraqi death toll caused by the US/UK invasion, I guess we...

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