Common Sense as Ignorance – A Rising Fascism in the UK

Common Sense as Ignorance – A Rising Fascism in the UK

Analysis
What is Fascism? Fascism is a political ideology that is often associated with the earlier half of 20th century politics. This is of course accurate, but to look beyond the surface of this literalism, it is essentially important to recognise - as horrific that these instances were - that Fascism is more than a phenomenon consigned to a single era of historical significance; it is a set of moral and philosophical beliefs. These beliefs isolated are often harmless. You can hear them in almost any political debate. What is problematic is when they coincide, culminating into one rigid formula and belief system. Not just as coincidence but as the result of a gradual and insidious process. A social decline whereby these views become normalised, politicised and eventually enacted upon. These beliefs are insidious not…
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The Right, the Far-Right, and the Moderates

The Right, the Far-Right, and the Moderates

Analysis
The election of Trump, and Brexit is symptomatic of a global decline and regression, shaped by the West itself. Post-industrial revolution, post-British Empire, and its chaotic transition onwards throughout the United States empire has seen a cultural shift that juxtaposes the hegemonic and underlying economic ideology of the last 30 years. The United Kingdom has often shown itself to be an interesting microcosm of the United States. In both cases, the Right, far-right and moderates have had a whale of a time hijacking the post-2008 narrative - exploiting others' prejudices by furthering the cultural shift towards intolerant illiberalism, successfully shielding anyone from the obvious economic trend that landed the West into this mess.   How did we get here?   From the 1960's onwards - culturally-speaking - liberal values had…
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Demand-Side Economics

Demand-Side Economics

Analysis
As we discussed a little in the previous episodes, Demand-Side Economics is what we will discuss further in this episode today. What has been said previously, is that the trend of the policies of national governments and international bodies has been to support the supply side of the equation. This is quite a claim to make I know, but it is quite simple to understand how it can be made. This is otherwise known as supply-side economics, and has been a vital ingredient in the neo-classical economic, academic framework for quite a long time. As this online resource explains: "Higher income levels and living standards cannot be achieved without expansion in output. Virtually all economists accept this proposition and therefore are 'supply siders'". By clicking on the "supply-side economics" link above, you can…
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