Do Unto Others

Source:: Random Public Journal Do Unto Others Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael AS AN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT, many moons ago now, I remember being somewhat stumped by the argument advanced by a young Zionist at a Student Union debate over whether or not the university should support a boycotte of Israeli products. Natalie, a young Jewish woman I knew from my involvement in the Jewish Society, was eager to point out our apparent hypocrisy at choosing to single out the State of Israel for sanction for its… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Do Unto Others

Attention Seeker

Source:: Random Public Journal Attention Seeker Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael ‘SOMEONE ON THE INTERNET said something mean about me,’ joked Paul Kavanagh a couple of years ago as he recounted to me his experience of negative comments online. And this is true; no matter what we do or say, there will always be someone lurking somewhere online — invariably hiding behind an anonymous profile — who will go out of their way to say something biting and nasty. Here we’re not talking about trolls.… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Attention Seeker

Our Struggle

Source:: Random Public Journal Our Struggle Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael IN RECENT WEEKS we have each felt the pain, the betrayal, and the fury that have exploded out of the division and internecine infighting of the last Holyrood election. Whether we sided with Sturgeon and her both votes campaign or with Alex Salmond and the hope of a supermajority, the feeling is no doubt much the same — we imagine that the ‘other side’ has let us down, somehow betrayed the cause of independence.… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Our Struggle

From the River to the Sea

Source:: Random Public Journal From the River to the Sea Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael After it has been softened up by a relentless bombardment of airstrikes and laser guided missile attacks, the Palestinian city of Gaza — one of the most populated cities on earth — is right now feeling the full force of an Israeli ground assault. Once again the world is up in arms; governments leaping to the defence of the State of Israel and their people screaming at the grotesque injustice being inflicted on the… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal From […]

Another Five Years

Source:: Random Public Journal Another Five Years Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael NICOLA STURGEON AND THE SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY have won another five years in government in Scotland. While this is the result I was hoping for, it is not quite the result I wanted. We had the opportunity to win a supermajority which would both see an SNP government and an overwhelming number of pro-independence MSPs in our parliament that would make it impossible for the London administration to ignore our demand for another independence… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Another Five Years

Will You Stand and Be Counted…

Source:: Random Public Journal Will You Stand and Be Counted… Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Denise Findlay I’m listening to the 2014 song Hope Over Fear. We are all seven years older now; that’s seven years of independence campaigners dying without ever seeing independence. Nuclear weapons are still on the Clyde, we are still run by Westminster Tories, but now we are out of the EU and our parliament’s powers are being stripped. We’ve still got tax-payer funded MPs and they are telling us ‘not yet.’ The next chance to choose… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Will […]

Welcome to Foucault World Suckers!

Source:: Random Public Journal Welcome to Foucault World Suckers! Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Roger Anderson BACK IN THE 1980s, as a student, I was introduced to the work of the French postmodernist philosopher Michel Foucault. My lecturer contrasted him with Enlightenment philosopher Charles Fourier, a utopian Socialist thinker who argued that in a perfect world the sea would lose its salinity and become pure lemonade — because everything would be so perfect. A bit crazy you might think, but wait until you meet Michel Foucault! This atomised and idiosyncratic truth is… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Welcome to […]

Midges

Source:: Random Public Journal Midges Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Eva Comrie THE PAST YEAR and more has been dark and painful for most where the dreadful but normal experiences of life have been so difficult to endure; illness, death and funerals devoid of touch, the ability to console, hug and  comfort surrendered as we feared infection and our own mortality. Those days when we feel the greatest need to come together we were obliged to stand aloof with chests and chins stuck out, bravely pretending… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Midges

Three Thousand Tyrants

Source:: Random Public Journal Three Thousand Tyrants Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael At the outbreak of the American Revolution, the Massachusetts royalist clergyman Mather Byles famously remarked that he would rather ‘be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away than by three thousand tyrants one mile away.’ And while I disagree with this reverend gentleman’s politics, the validity of his observation is undeniable. Regardless of the many benefits of social media for popular political engagement, it has dangerously amplified the tyrannical impulses of the populist… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Three Thousand Tyrants

The Spirit of 2014

Source:: Random Public Journal The Spirit of 2014 Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Denise Findlay THE SPIRIT OF 2014! Who can forget that summer of hope, alive with the possibility of a new nation being born? The world waited to welcome us, and when we went to the polls on the 18 September we held Scotland’s future in our hands. If only we had seen that future; Boris Johnston in 10 Downing Street, our European citizenship gone, our parliament’s powers removed. We could have chosen a different and better… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal The Spirit of […]

Problem Crisis Solution

Source:: Random Public Journal Problem Crisis Solution Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael LAST YEAR, when we first went into lockdown, I reached out to a few friends online inviting them to a game of Diplomacy — a board game created in 1954 by Allen Calhamer and used to teach students history, strategy, geopolitics, and negotiation. Andy, Ron, Roddy, ‘Highlander Patriot’, a couple of others, and myself set our clocks back to the beginning of the twentieth century and played the parts of Germany, France, Italy, Russia,… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Problem Crisis Solution

Salmond Returning to Politics

Source:: Random Public Journal Salmond Returning to Politics Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael Speaking from Aberdeenshire at a two o’clock press conference this afternoon, Alex Salmond — the former leader of the Scottish National Party and First Minister — announced his immediate return to Scottish politics. He announced the launch of a new pro-independence party, Alba, which will field candidates on the regional list vote in the upcoming Holyrood elections on 6 May. Since the end of February Mr Salmond and his team have been liaising with… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Salmond Returning to […]

Follow the Leader

Source:: Random Public Journal Follow the Leader Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael ARMY ANTS DO THIS THING. When things go terribly wrong for the colony out on trail, they begin to form a spiralling mass that rotates and rotates until every ant dies of exhaustion. These extraordinary little creatures are blind and so rely almost exclusively on the pheromones left by the ants ahead of them. But when these trails get looped the entire colony finds itself locked in a spiral death march, with every ant… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Follow the Leader

Is Poblachtánach Mé

Source:: Random Public Journal Is Poblachtánach Mé Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael ÍASON MÍCHEÁL MAC CANNA is ainm dom. In late September 2014, when I began publishing articles in support of Scottish independence, the fact that I lived in Ireland was a serious issue for unionists online. Ireland, of course, smacks of Catholicism and dangerous Republicanism in ‘North Britain’s’ sectarian imagination, and so, almost immediately, some of the most bigotted and vitriolic unionist trolls began to attack me as a ‘Fenian’ and as an ‘Irish Republican’… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Is Poblachtánach Mé

Untenable Position

Source:: Random Public Journal Untenable Position Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael EVERYWHERE WE LOOK on Scottish social media we see the same tired old refrain, ‘I Trust Nicola.’ I do not trust Nicola Sturgeon, and this should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. But my inability to trust the current leader of the Scottish National Party does not mean that I have given up all hope in the party. Thankfully, as a socialist and a republican, I have never been a member of… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Untenable Position