Can we be happy?

What makes us unhappy? Are we even capable of being happy? These fundamental questions take second fiddle in an economy that seems to intrinsically know the ‘right’ answer. Happiness, apparently, is not even a metric. If all happiness comes from … Continue reading

Bakuninism – utopia out of bounds

Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin [1814 – 1876] was, for want of better terminology, a Russian revolutionary. A contemporary of Karl Marx he was born into Russian nobility and started out with a brief career in the Tsar’s army before moving into … Continue reading

The Barbarians are at the Gates

In 2006 I started a web site called “the-coming-war” to document my concern that a succession of increasingly Right-wing US Presidents would only lead to one conclusion: a world war. The phrase “the coming war” was lifted from a book written … Continue reading

The Promethean Dream: dark times & Climate Change

ISBN 978-0-19-933766-8. “Reason in a Dark Time – why the struggle against climate change failed – and what it means for our future” by Dale Jamieson was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. Given the level of praise heaped … Continue reading

Future Perfect

It is said that the future is already here! It just isn’t distributed evenly. Forecasting is a mug’s game. I admit it, I once delivered my own vision of the future in a talk called “The History of High Wycombe 2000 to 2100″. It … Continue reading

Requiem for a time of Plenty: “After Oil” by John Michael Geer et al

“After Oil: SF Visions of a Post-Petroleum World” is a collection of science fiction short stories book-ended by John Michael Greer and published by Founders House Publishing in 2012. This is a bit of a first for us as this … Continue reading