Drug Fuelled Apocalypse

There is a school of thought which supposes that St John, the author of the Book of the Apocalypse (AKA the Book of Revelation) took hallucinogenic drugs prior to embarking upon his literary labours. The reasoning is something like this; St John reported visions while on the island of Patmos, some hallucinogenic plants grow on... Continue Reading →

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What Is Life?

Oh tell me, what is my life without your love Tell me who am I without you by my side? (George Harrison) Many George Harrison lyrics are intentionally ambiguous. They can be read, and usually are read, as straightforward romantic boy meets girl songs. George, however, as a devotee of bhakti yoga, the Hindu form of... Continue Reading →

Manchester: This Is The Place

And these hard times again, in these streets of our city, but we won’t take defeat and we don’t want your pity. Because this is a place where we stand strong together, with a smile on our face, greater Manchester forever. (This Is The Place by Tony Walsh) Less than a day after dozens of... Continue Reading →

ISIS, Napoleons of Crime

When more or less abstract ideas begin to be translated by believers in them into facts on the ground then it behoves those of us who are the objects of this activity to pay some attention to the ideas in question. Channel 4's film ISIS: The Origins of Violence by the (very) English historian Tom... Continue Reading →

Secularism: What Is It Good For?

There is a rare consensus among Western intellectuals that the best form of governance under all circumstances requires that the State be secular. Yet it is somewhat less clear what the word 'secular' concretely means in this context. The bumper sticker summary proclaims "separation of Church and State" but the actual content of what is... Continue Reading →

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