I’ve been thinking about the stymying of connections to Western internet websites one experiences, if one uses China based internet connections. I recognise that first sentence is an awkward one—most absurdly, perhaps, because I don’t want to call it, right off the bat, “censorship”. I do this because, if one does so, one automatically prejudices… Continue reading China and the Internet: What of Structural Anti-Socialism?
I’ve found myself with something to say about Northern Ireland these past four days, and while I want to stop, I’m not going to. I’m going to chase this down. The experience has been generative of some clarity, for me, I think. Placing and understanding Northern Ireland (NI) within a colonial history and network, and… Continue reading This Shit is Killing You: Uniting Difference as Difference in Northern Ireland
I’ve been working through some kind of trilogy on Northern Ireland (NI), apparently, as further comments on my previous post and what I hope for NI seem necessary—necessary because I finished my last post, hopefully with some nuance, suggesting a revisitation of violence as a method for the liberation of NI. Is this some kind… Continue reading So Crazy It Just Might Work: On Reactivating Violent Struggle in Northern Ireland
I’ve been reading a bit of post-colonial literature, in Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth, and thinking a bunch about Northern Ireland in light of this and remarks made by public figures. Having already written about the latter in my last blog post—and feeling like I treated the relations between the Presbyterian Church in… Continue reading What Simply Is: Northern Ireland and Colonialism
Northern Ireland (NI) has been defined by the fascist agenda of Protestants for more than a century. This political reality forms all level of social life—including religion, with which it forms a unique resonance in the British Bible Belt. This is all, of course, aided by the adaptive nature of liberalism throughout this time—which, as… Continue reading Religious Fascism in Northern Ireland: A Feature Not a Bug
A friend of mine asked me for my opinion on a recent BBC article, which was reporting on a story covered by Xinhua regarding comments made by China's education minister, Yuan Guiren. The comments had to do with seeing the Chinese education system not develop in such a way as to foster 'Western values' and to very… Continue reading China Against the West?: On the BBC on China
Films I succeeded at the movies this year, or at least watching them. Here is my top ten list (I will follow this up with a breakdown and explanations, because why not): The Grand Budapest Hotel Snowpiercer Lucy Nightcrawler Only Lovers Left Alive Enemy Locke Jodorowsky's Dune Obvious Child The Raid 2: Berandal Honourable mentions:… Continue reading The Best of 2014: A Whole Bunch of Lists