Riding the crest of the new wave

It’s time for a new wave of atheism, just like there were different waves of feminism. I’d argue that it’s already happened before. The “first wave” of atheism were the traditional philosophers, freethinkers, and academics. Then came the second wave of “New Atheists” like Dawkins and Hitchens, whose trademark was their unabashed public criticism of […]

The new breed of disaster capitalist

There was a great interview with Greg Palast (the US investigative journalist and author of books like The Best Democracy Money Can Buy) on sensationalist British website Vice last week. In it Palast talked around vulture capitalists: the really short version of this thesis is that these guys buy up unpayable national debt and seize […]

R.I.P. Rounder Records

A moment of silence.

Lucida Console’s Dog Days – Vol. 1

A few weeks ago I was passed word of a recording of a tour diary, written by one member of Cornwall’s bangers (Hamish Adams, drums) and read by another (Roo Pescod, guitar/vox). It’s pretty cool. Back in 2010 bangers toured Europe with Philly’s Dirty Tactics (I caught the Brighton show which I think was only […]

Cultural Imperialism Bingo Card

If you think colonialism is dead… think again. Globalisation has indeed made the world smaller–furthering the dominance of the West over the developing world, shrinking and devaluing local cultures, and uniformising everything to Western values and Western ways of life. This is a pernicious, omnipresent state of things that leads to the same unfounded things […]