Author: The Battleground

American civil rights crises usually don’t go global. National issues, in Europe their significance tends to be the monopoly of activists and academics, primarily, and leftist politicians. (More…)

The spectre of Jacques Derrida haunts the world. Sixteen years after his death, he remains one of the most polarising figures in Western intellectual life, lauded and reviled in equal measure. (More…)

Nationalism is a synonym for prejudice. It’s a throwback to a time when citizenship was equivalent to ethnicity. If you look different or speak a language that’s hard to understand, you must surely come from somewhere else. (More…)

Brexit is nowhere near being over. Regardless of whether a deal is concluded between the UK and EU, the process of disentangling the two will be felt for decades to come. Mostly, in the British Isles. (More…)

Brexit will turn out badly. Not just for the United Kingdom. That’s a given. But Ireland, too. Including the British-occupied north. (More…)

Why are all the artists minorities? It’s a problem typical to countries which built their wealth on the Global South. Eventually, the money stops flowing, and the locals follow you home. (More…)

2020 will be remembered as the year race broke. Not in a popular sense, to refer to the 1991 Dave Markey documentary about American punk. Rather, as the year that diversity became a subject of crisis, again. (More…)

Don’t believe the hype. There’s nothing new about Coronavirus. Everything about it says more of the same. (More…)

Journalists don’t read enough books. Blame it on the 24-hour news cycle. If it’s not a newspaper, it’s social media. Or, if they’re trying to disconnect, it’s TV. (More…)