28 Jun
2016

Patriotism, Nationalism and Fascism

During the recent referendum campaign much of what passed for debate on Facebook seemed to consist of greenies saying that anyone who voted leave was automatically supporting the official leave campaign. Of course this is obvious nonsense, and amounted to little more than an attempt by people without a clue what they were talking about to browbeat those who didn’t agree with them. Classic ad hominem stuff.

At its worst this degenerated into accusations of racism, nationalism and fascism (although I never saw the H word being used) as if there were no other possible reasons for wanting to get out of a deeply centralised , inherently captialistic, neoliberal owned, growth project. Read More

25 Jun
2016

The Protection Racket

A common trope used by greenies promoting the benefits of the EU was to talk about the “environmental protections” that they claimed the EU had introduced. They spread fear about how terrible it would be to leave – assuming that these usually much watered down protections would be lost.

But these are laws imposed by a centralised authority. Laws that are proposed with good intent, but inevitably without knowledge of the unintended consequences and usually diluted to minimise the impact on those best able to lobby the law-makers. Read More

22 Jun
2016

Thoughts before voting

Try this, at some stages you may disagree.

1.       We are facing several interconnected ecological crises many combinations of which have the likely outcome of:
a.     Rendering large portions of the world’s surface unable to support self-sufficient human lives.
b.     Leaving insufficient benign habit area to support 6 billion humans at even a subsistence level however they are distributed.

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19 Jun
2016

yEUck

So on Thursday I’ll go and cast a vote in a fairly pointless, in the ecological scheme of things, decision about whether the UK should remain part of a regional capitalist market organisation dedicated to promoting never ending economic growth, or whether it should leave, not to turn its back on capitalism but to forge its own brand of participation in the global capitalistic project “free” from the constraints imposed by levelling across the European field. Or that’s how the two official in and out campaigns appear to see it once you strip away the corrosive fear mongering that has characterised the entire campaign. Read More