However cringe-worthy all of this is, at some point we have to make our peace with it. Black Friday and the whole stinking mess that is Christmas is, after all, the logical end of a uniquely modern way of thinking.
Most places had those dank-looking frustum shaped things and I don’t want anything like that. I’m looking for a globular, light coloured shade that will fill my life with light and joy. Simple.
Scotland wasn’t just about gaining independence from Westminster. We too were the popular embodiment of a reaction against something much bigger; bigger than Westminster, the EU, and the United States.
Europe has smacked technology giant Apple with a whopping €13 billion tax bill, but rather than leaping at the money to address domestic issues like the highest level of homelessness since the Famine Ireland is trying to get Apple back to tax free trading.
Society, according to Gramsci, is comprised of two spheres of power; that is civil society – the private domain – and political government – the public domain. Each of these is subject to the hegemony of the dominant class.
There can be no doubt that TTIP, like the NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreements, embodies the free trade principles of the international neoliberal project; eliminating barriers to trade and profit, reducing state regulations to the same, slashing corporate tax, and enforcing labour market flexibility.
We’re going to go down in a hail of rising sea levels and fluctuating temperatures, food and water shortages, and a skinny, starving polar bear drifting to its death on a tiny iceberg off the coast of Portugal.
Conventional wisdom has somehow imparted upon us the belief that Europe is different, economically speaking, to the United States. The prevailing opinion is that on this side of the Atlantic we are more socially democratic and less cut-throat in our use of Capitalism.