May 3, 2015 at 8:48 pm (Aesthetics, Anti-Austerity, Anti-Austerity UK Alliance, BBC Leaders Debates, Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament, Coalition Government, Cultural Sustainability, deconstruction, Democratic Community, European Left, Leanne Wood, Natalie Bennett, Nicola Sturgeon, Peaceful Revolution, Plaid Cymru, Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales, Progressive Alliance, Scottish National Party, SNP, The Green Party, UK General Elections 2015)
Tags: Anti-Austerity Movement, Anti-Austerity UK, Anti-Austerity UK Alliance, Coalition Government, Democratic Community, Ed Miliband, Edward Snowden, Equality, Europe, European Left, European Union, Family of Nations, Greece, Leanne Wood, Natalie Bennett, Nicola Sturgeon, Peaceful Revolution, Plaid Cymru, Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales, Progressive Alliance, Rebalancing of Power, rebalancing of wealth, Scottish National Party, SNP, The Green Party, UK General Election 2015
The Three Graces of Politics
Faith, Hope and Charity
By James Luchte
Jonathan Jones reminded us recently through “probably a wildly inappropriate pre-feminist art historical reference”, in his article, “Something new is happening in British politics. This image captures it.” (Guardian, 17 April 2015), of the resemblance of the embrace between the party leaders of Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales and Green Party, Leanne Wood, Natalie Bennett and Nicola Sturgeon, respectively and the Three Graces.
The Three Graces are commonly known as faith, hope and charity, but have the tangible meanings of trust, confidence, and love or solidarity,.a symbolism common to many religions and tendencies of thinking.
Indeed, Jonathan’s suggestion is quite apt, and can demonstrate the importance of humanities (crassly cut out of the Coalition’s Tory budget) in the context of political reality. We already know what Burns, Mary and Percy Shelley, Dickens has taught us, and Camus, Joyce, Ginsberg and Dylan Thomas, as contributors to the ethos of a culture which engages in political economic and social questioning from differing perspectives.
This embrace of three progressive leaders, amidst an era of constant crisis, allows us, by coincidence, it would seem, to remember the Three Graces and their significance to the meaning of the New Politics – one of trust, well-being, and social solidarity.
These Graces, or Virtues, in this light, are politically speaking, the characteristics of a healthy society, with some resemblance to Plato’s own tripartite schema in his Republic, and I will consider each of them in turn.
March 26, 2015 at 2:19 am (Anti-Austerity, British Imperialism, Ceri Evans, Coalition Government, Creativity, Cultural Sustainability, deconstruction, Democratic Community, Dysfunctional Family, European Union, Failed State, Family of Nations, Human Rights, National Liberation, Raymond Williams)
Tags: alienation, Anti-Austerity UK Alliance, Bataille, Ceri Evans, Coalition Government, Democratic Community, Equality, Raymond Williams, Whispers of a Forgotten Nation: The Writings of Dr D. Ceri Evans
James Luchte asks what the purpose of a ‘family of nations’ should be. If it is not fit for purpose to nurture and care for its members, then the British state is a failed and dysfunctional family and should be dismantled.
October 9, 2014 at 1:58 am (Aesthetics, Death, Democratic Community, Dylan Thomas, Existentialism, freedom, philosophy, Poetry, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Welsh Development)
Tags: Democratic Community, Holderlin, philosophy, Plaid Cymru, poetry, temporality
This poem concerns, among other things, such as the ebb and flow of popular resistance, Dylan Thomas as a Welsh poet who lived a life devoted to the truth of the unique Welsh experience and its people.
the second wave
The wave floods
The flood recedes
The tide returns
seethe in anger
the poet is silenced
they will run him from his home
To read the rest of the poem, please visit Dylan Thomas in Exile
September 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm (Aesthetics, China, Chinese New Left, Creativity, Democratic Communism, Democratic Community, Lacan, Marxism, philosophy, Poetry, Sustainability, Taoism, Time, Uncategorized)
Tags: Bataille, Democratic Community, Mao Tse Tung, Marx, Nietzsche, Robert Frost
OASIS and PATHWAY: A Grove in Shanghai
July 17, 2014 at 12:54 am (Aesthetics, Atheism, Banks, Bataille, Being and Time, Brixton, Cameron, Captivation, China, Chinese, Chinese New Left, Christianity, Coalition Government, Creativity, Death, deconstruction, Democratic Communism, Democratic Community, Derrida, Diogenes, Dylan Thomas, Early German Romanticism, Europe, European Elections 2014, European Structural Funding, European Union, Existentialism, feminism, Finance Capitalism, Financial Crisis, Foucault, freedom, General Election 2015, German Romanticism, Greece, Greek philosophy, Hegel, Heidegger, Heraclitus, Husserl, Innovation, Islam, Judaism, Kant, Lacan, Marxism, negative theology, Nietzsche, Occupy Wall Street, Open Rights, philosophy, Philosophy Lectures, Poetry, Queen Elisabeth II, Racism, Sartre, Socrates, Squatting, Syria, Taoism, Thrasymachus, Time, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Wall Street, Welsh Development, Wittgenstein)
Tags: Coalition Government, Democratic Community, European Union, New Left, Philip Blonde, Red Tory
Chapter 1: The British Wasteland: The Toxic Coalition and the Vultures of the Right
Prime Minister David Cameron
On the Toxicity of the Coalition Government and the Cynicism of UKIP and the Tory Right
The British Wasteland: The Meaning of Cameron
As we can barely remember the debates between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg, it appears that the odd man out has now obtained legitimacy, stature, plausibility. With our senses still awash with the anti-climactic failure of the Scots to take a bloodless independence that was so nicely gift-wrapped for them, all we can now remember is that Nick Clegg was dreadful and failed to convey the very absurdity of UKIP policy on obvious grounds. The very fact that Nick Clegg stood on the same stage as Nigel Farage was a mistake and revealed his lack of political judgment. Why were not the other two parties represented, as an all UK debate? Or, was it, perhaps, merely a job interview for the junior partner of the next Coalition?
Clegg’s follow up criticism of Farage over Ukraine was a pathetic sideshow to the illegal Western involvement in a coup d’etat, in which fascists have now formally entered into the cabinet of a soon-to-be European government for the first time since WWII. But, we all pretend that that did not happen and condemn Russia instead. Farage was ironically correct on this issue that the Coalition government has ‘blood on its hands’ over Ukraine, and UKIP has never been as strong as it is today. It is now conceivable to imagine a Coalition Government in which they would be a part, such as a Conservative-UKIP alliance.
To read the rest of the article, please visit The British Wasteland
July 8, 2014 at 2:48 am (Aesthetics, Atheism, Banks, Bataille, Being and Time, China, Chinese, Chinese New Left, Creativity, deconstruction, Democratic Communism, Democratic Community, Derrida, Early German Romanticism, Europe, Existentialism, feminism, Financial Crisis, Foucault, freedom, German Romanticism, Greece, Greek philosophy, Hegel, Heidegger, Innovation, Lacan, Marxism, Nietzsche, Open Rights, philosophy, Philosophy Lectures, Poetry, Taoism, Time, Uncategorized, Wittgenstein)
Tags: ancient greek philosophy, Badiou, Bataille, Chinese New Left, Democratic Community, freedom, Maoism, temporality
Karl Marx and the School’s adopted cat, Meow Tse Tung