Author: The Battleground

Culture is never foreign. The more distant it seems, the more we find that it ultimately looks or sounds familiar. (More…)

In the 1960s, they called it consciousness-raising.  The idea was that popular music is about social change. (More…)

In the debut episode of Left to Burn, John Foster and Josh White discuss the fallout of US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the analogy with Vietnam. But that’s not all. (More…)

It’s 2021, not 1917. Yet, when you read as much progressive media as The Battleground does, you’d be forgiven for mixing up the dates. (More…)

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…)

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