Russell’s brand of revolution – with Carlo Dellora

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN OVERLAND JOURNAL   Whenever anyone with even a modicum of celebrity decides to turn around and criticise the system that got them there, the opprobrium is usually immediate and often scathing. Imagine then, the ensuing political censure, when someone with the popularity of Russell Brand chooses to take on a target as…

Supply and demand: the changing nature of the War on Drugs

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE CONVERSATION   The United Nations has recently announced that Peru has taken over Colombia as the largest producer of illegal coca leaves, the base for the drug cocaine. This comes as Brazilbecomes the second biggest cocaine market behind the US, and in front of Britain, Italy and Spain. This supply-side shift back to Peru…

The boat has not left: a reply to Gregor Gall

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN OVERLAND JOURNAL   In his broadside against the global Left, Gregor Gall claims that the Left has lost all credibility.  This is a common complaint in tune with criticism from the Right, a case of Stockholm Syndrome. The Left is not the force we would like it to be. I agree with some…

If the Greens only read Marx.

‘If there was any reason why he preferred  liberal views rather than the conservative direction which many of his circle followed, it was not because he found  a liberal tendency more rational, but because he found it better suited to his mode of life. Thus the liberal tendency had become a habit with Stepan Arkadyevitch,…