The Ruling of India – How External Forces Have Shaped Indian Agriculture

Given the recent protests in India over farming reforms implemented by Prime Minister Narenda Modi, I have decided to publish an essay I penned two years ago. It discusses how from the time of the British East India Company, business has led India by the stick without a carrot, with the situation only looking toContinue reading “The Ruling of India – How External Forces Have Shaped Indian Agriculture”

How to Start a Religion (Part 1)

The spread of ideas about our own moral obligation to ourselves and others crops up repeatedly throughout history. It tends to arise in times of disenfranchisement and when power is being consolidated beyond the control of the populace. In the 16th century one man started a movement by refusing to bend to the surrounding system.Continue reading “How to Start a Religion (Part 1)”

Ahmaud Arbery – Thoughts on Another Day in America from TCC

With the release of a video on tuesday showing the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, US, another statistic is added to the list of unarmed black men killed by armed white men in the United States. In this most recently published case a vigilante ex-cop, Gregory McMichael saw the 25-year-old Ahmaud jogging past theirContinue reading “Ahmaud Arbery – Thoughts on Another Day in America from TCC”

White Collar Terrorism

“Earth in the mouth, and in the soul, and in all./ Earth which I eat, Earth which shall in the end swallow me whole.” – Miguel Hernández, 1942 Up until even the very recent past, extremist regimes looking to suppress ideas and quell dissent could do so with relative impunity. If they had the manpowerContinue reading “White Collar Terrorism”

What Does Your Taste in Music Say About You?

“Oh I listen to a bit of everything”.  Who hasn’t heard this or been guilty of saying it themselves when asked about their music taste? It’s a great way to let people know you’re not too uptight or closed-minded, especially at parties. But what does it actually mean?  Not everyone listens to a wide varietyContinue reading “What Does Your Taste in Music Say About You?”

Cádiz, Andalucía

At first glance, the Spanish city of Cádiz can seem not too different from the strips of the sunshine coast on the Mediterranean side of Gibraltar. The more modern part of the city seems centered around highrise lined boulevards and palms that stretch alongside the Atlantic. But continue along the Island to its northern tipContinue reading “Cádiz, Andalucía”

Colston – The Emergence of Englishmen & Economy (Part 2)

Despite the royal English charter granting trade, England still found itself plagued by foreign ships in her own waters. The Dutch, having the most powerful navy of the time, had harassed British ships for decades by disrupting trade and were generally considered to be the leading European trading power. Control of Europe’s waters meant controlContinue reading “Colston – The Emergence of Englishmen & Economy (Part 2)”

Colston – The Invasion of Africa & The Birth of an Idea (Part 1)

The life of Edward Colston, the former favorite philanthropist of Bristol turned profiteering villain, has been written about a lot since he was dethroned from his plinth and hauled into the city’s harbour in early June of 2020. But beyond his associations with the slave trade, the surrounding politics and ideas of Colston’s time thatContinue reading “Colston – The Invasion of Africa & The Birth of an Idea (Part 1)”

The Unspoken Leviathan

Published directly after the victory of Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentarians in the English Civil War, Thomas Hobbes’ treatise of man, Leviathan, was seen by many as justification for the past nine years of bloody battle. In it, Hobbes argues that to stop man descending into the selfish and wanton creature that is his natural state, aContinue reading “The Unspoken Leviathan”

Building a House or a Home? – The UK Needs to Decide

The UK, we are constantly being told, is in the middle of a housing crisis. In some cities it’s worse than others with local councils making pledges to build thousands of affordable homes all over the place. A House of Commons report from March 2020 estimated a need for 345,000 new homes per year, aContinue reading “Building a House or a Home? – The UK Needs to Decide”