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  • Doug Belshaw 2:46 pm on April 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , radical   

    [An ‘ideological curriculum’] presents a rigid sense of answers to any given problem that can be policed, called-out, and then used to shame an punish those who disagree. In this scenario, radicalism is an ideal, and everything else fails to live up to it, perpetuating suspicion, self-righteousness, and the constant policing of behaviour and thought. This approach crushes the transformative potential of radical spaces by creating a series of ‘shoulds’, morals, orders, and rules where one is never radical enough. This is ‘rigid radicalism’.
  • Doug Belshaw 2:41 pm on April 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    There is a recognised crisis in democracy in the UK, a democratic deficit, fuelled by austerity, social decline and democratic alienation, especially in UK northern towns, who often voted for Brexit almost in spite at the system failing them. Towns suffering from what had been called “shit life syndrome” by Blackpool’s public health leaders. Shit lives exist everywhere in the UK, but are concentrated into post industrial working class communities, or coastal resorts full of underused bed and breakfast hotels, plenty of fast food, and cheap alcohol outlets. Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have them, too, but Scotland, at least, has some greater vision than trickle-down economics.
  • Doug Belshaw 2:18 pm on April 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    It is a paradox of modern politics that, despite 24/7 media coverage and an unprecedented crisis engulfi British governmental institutions, the public is remarkably disengaged. The Twittersphere expands while the public sphere contracts, leaving disillusioned citizens in a managerial democracy.
  • Doug Belshaw 10:44 am on April 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: David Mitchell, , The Guardian, Theresa May   

    The power that our two-party state puts in the hands of the roughly 650,000-strong membership of those parties is vast… This is not serving Britain well. This isn’t about the 52% or the 48%. It’s about the 1.4%: that 650,000 who, by energy rather than wisdom, and with the intensity rather than the popularity of their views, foist them on the moderate majority. Theresa May is a creature of this corrupted system and, whether Tory or Labour, her successor will be too.
  • Doug Belshaw 8:00 pm on April 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Harold Jarche, , intelligence, research, Teodora Zareva   

    [R]esearchers point out that highly intelligent people have tendencies for “intellectual overexcitabilites” and a hyper-reactivity of the central nervous system. On the one hand, this gives people with high IQ heightened awareness that helps their creative and artistic work. In fact, the field of cognitive ability recognizes one aspect of highly intelligent people to be “a broader and deeper capacity to comprehend their surroundings.” This hyper-reactivity, however, can also lead to deeper depressions and poor mental health. This turns out to be particularly true for poets, novelists and people with high verbal intelligence. Their intense emotional response to the environment increases tendencies for rumination and worry, both of which predict depression and anxiety disorders.

    Teodora Zareva (via Harold Jarche)
  • Doug Belshaw 1:08 pm on April 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Eva Wiseman, , web   

    Suddenly the impermanence of the web has become terrifyingly clear, and with that realisation, an awareness of how much of our selves – our pictures of dead friends, our diaries and voice memos and music and love letters, the intangible ephemera that make up our memories and identities – we store online. But in a safe that strangers can empty, on a beach that a strong tide can wash away. The most precious parts of us, the things we’d save in a fire, could be burning without anybody even smelling smoke.

    Eva Wiseman)
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