Burns in America: the Property and the Solace of Mankind

Burns in America: the Property and the Solace of Mankind

Some draft notes on Robert Burns impact on cultural memory, popular culture and literature in America. I Some of America’s love-affair with Burns taps into his revolutionary spirit and ideas – Ralph Emerson and John Steinbeck explicitly do this – but others are more saccharine. The Scotsman reports that “there’s...

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On Davos, Bolsonaro and the New Enclosure

On Davos, Bolsonaro and the New Enclosure

APRES SKI IN DAVOS? THE global great and good of neoliberal capitalism have gathered in the Swiss ski resort of Davos this week in what is a close approximation to a meeting of the Central Committee of the bourgeoisie – or at least international finance capitalism. Understandably, Brexit was high...

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The flame of hope burns bright in the storm

The flame of hope burns bright in the storm

Back in September 2014, on the day after the defeat of the Yes campaign in the referendum, I wrote about the importance of keeping the flame of hope alive during the storms and gales that were about to strike. The arrest of Alex Salmond on fourteen separate charges including breach...

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Andrew Wilson: Why an independent Scotland must declare itself truly multinational

Andrew Wilson: Why an independent Scotland must declare itself truly multinational

The Republic of South Ossetia is recognised as a state by Russia, Venezuala, Syria, Nicaragua (hmm) and (for some reason) Nauru. Joseph Stalin was born with the Georgian name Ioseb Jughashvili barely 22 miles from Tskhinvali in the Georgian city of Gori. His actions in carving up identities and peoples...

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EU’s chief negotiator issues warning on Brexit deal delay

EU’s chief negotiator issues warning on Brexit deal delay

The prospect of Britain seeking to remain in the EU beyond the planned date of March 29 was increased after Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell signalled Labour could back plans for an Article 50 extension to stop no-deal, a move supported by the SNP. Barnier repeated his position the EU was...

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Andew Wilson: Why an independent Scotland must declare itself truly multinational

Andew Wilson: Why an independent Scotland must declare itself truly multinational

The Republic of South Ossetia is recognised as a state by Russia, Venezuala, Syria, Nicaragua (hmm) and (for some reason) Nauru. Joseph Stalin was born with the Georgian name Ioseb Jughashvili barely 22 miles from Tskhinvali in the Georgian city of Gori. His actions in carving up identities and peoples...

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Scottish Government keeping shtum on indyref2 legal advice

Scottish Government keeping shtum on indyref2 legal advice

A report in the Sunday Express said “external experts” had also been consulted by the First Minister and “members of her inner circle”. Yesterday in the Parliament, Graeme Dey, the Minister for Parliamentary Business refused to confirm or deny that any legal advice had been sought or received. READ MORE:...

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