Lording It Over Us

Source:: Random Public Journal Lording It Over Us Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael WHAT DOES IT MATTER that Ruth Davidson has been introduced in ermine to the House of Lords in Westminster? As the leader of the unionist Conservative Party in Scotland she failed to win a single election, as a defender of the union she failed to maintain a majority for the current constitutional arrangement, and as a dyed-in-the-wool loyalist she has failed to preserve Scotland’s affection for the English monarchy. Ruth ‘rape clause’ Davidson has… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Lording It Over […]

Nativism and Nationalism

Source:: Random Public Journal Nativism and Nationalism Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael LAST NIGHT ON TWITTER a friend voiced her concerns about her future in Scotland post-Brexit. Mel, an American living in Edinburgh with her son, said that she is genuinely considering moving to London to escape the hell-scape we all fear Scotland will become while the current Scottish government drags its feet on independence — the only sure way for Scots to protect our place in Europe and to safeguard and determine our own future.… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Nativism and Nationalism

Culture Wars: Woke™

Source:: Random Public Journal Culture Wars: Woke™ Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael WE ARE ALL TO SOME EXTENT aware of ‘Woke,’ that nebulous and dangerous other, right now up to its neck in the culture wars being waged in every conceivable arena of social and political conflict in the modern world. Everywhere we see a kickback, be it online or in politics, the Woke — whoever or whatever this represents — appears to be right at the heart of the chaos. The term itself demands a… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Culture Wars: Woke™

What has Gilead to do with Bethel?

Source:: Random Public Journal What has Gilead to do with Bethel? Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael The politics of Scottish independence have become increasingly bogged down in gender politics, with certain factions of the wider independence movement now almost entirely defined by their opinions on women’s and transgender rights. This article does not intend to explore this important discussion. What it hopes to do instead is assess the compatibility of radical feminism — both mainstream radical feminism and ‘gender critical’ radical feminism — as an ideology and the ideology of… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]

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