Monthly Archives: December 2016

2017 Prediction

My prediction for the new year. President Trump is assassinated, by his own Secret Service, which however manages to blame it on the Russians. If it happens, remember where you read it first. If not, forget it. Gott nytt År!

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China in Space

My chosen field of ‘imperialism’ must be one of the most worthwhile areas of historical study, as it features an aspect of what appears to be a fundamental human attribute, which is to expand. Humans have always done this: sought new … Continue reading

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Marx and Trump

What is happening just now is so obviously an existential crisis of capitalism, such as Marx foretold though not in quite the way he envisaged it – who in the nineteenth century could possibly have foreseen clowns like Trump and … Continue reading

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Israel, Obama, Trump, Assange

Great news for all real friends of Israel that the US is no longer voting against the UN’s Security Council resolution against further Jewish settlements on the West Bank. As an imperial historian I can imagine nothing more obviously and … Continue reading

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Jul

I have atheist friends who refuse to celebrate Christmas because it’s Christian, and socialist friends who grumble at it because it’s commercial. It’s certainly the latter. But one of the advantages for me, as an agnostic, of celebrating it in … Continue reading

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The Swinging Fifties

Featured on the cover of the current TLS, double Xmas issue; but you may have to buy it to read it. http://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/private/swinging-fifties/

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Hope and Hate

I very much doubt that this really is the worst time ever in British history, though it’s beginning to feel like it. Obviously periods of war, famine, extreme poverty, political oppression and great natural catastrophes bring far more suffering to … Continue reading

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Booze and the Empire

My latest review: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/21/empire-of-booze-henry-jeffreys-review. Just a fun piece. But – hey! – it’s Christmas.

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Different Worlds

The LRB Xmas party was pretty good fun, as usual. I always feel at home there, amongst the Metropolitan Lefty intellectuals; much more so than at the Literary Review ‘Bad Sex Awards’ party, held just before, at the Army and … Continue reading

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Bearing up in hard times

No proper post this time, just a pic. With our lost leader, at the LRB Christmas Party, 12 December. He would be my choice still.

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