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All death is necessary

Just as the coronavirus scare was kicking off in earnest in 2020, a favourite blogger of mine wrote a post about how the denial of death had become a feature of modern life, about how we’ve pushed it to the margins of our lives: Illness has, for most of us, for most of our lives, […]

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Consent withdrawn: a declaration

I DO NOT CONSENT to rule by fear. I DO NOT CONSENT to lockdowns. I DO NOT CONSENT to being governed through applied behavioural psychology. I DO NOT CONSENT to laws which would have me cover my face for no other reason than to make others fearful and compliant. I DO NOT CONSENT to mandatory […]

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Caesura

‘It not ouchy.’ I wasn’t sure if she was looking for reassurance or reassuring me. We were alone together in a room off the children’s ward. She sat almost upright in the bed, naked from the waist up but accessoried with several pieces of medical machinery to which she was tethered by wires and tubes. […]

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Covid realism

This is just the way things are now. This is what we have to do. You have to do the right thing, don’t you? We’ve got to keep safe, haven’t we? We’ve got to make sure everyone’s safe, so… We just have to accept that that’s how things are. Previously I have expounded the idea […]

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Hyperneoliberalism

“…the coronavirus crisis – even more so in its second phase – is all about basic inequalities, and the kind of questions of work, housing and poverty that deep crises always bring to the surface. In other words, Covid-19 is a class issue.” John Harris, The Guardian, 18 Oct ’20 I felt a sudden jolt […]

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The mind-killer

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will […]