A Clear Bright Future? CS Interview with Paul Mason
CommonSpace caught up with journalist and author Paul Mason in Glasgow on Thursday [16 May]
PAUL MASON talked to CS journalist David Jamieson about his new book, ‘Clear Bright Future: A radical defence of the Human Being’, and how his belief in radical humanism relates to the politics of Britain and Scotland in the Brexit crisis.
Mason and Jamieson discuss:
00:00 - 11:56: The case for radical humanism, and what sort of emancipatory politics is dervied from that perspective
Analysis: 'Cultural Marxism' and why the Right cannot escape its essential racism
The idea of an elite conspiracy against western civilisation is the only way for the right to make sense of a world they rule but which is in chaos
TORY MP Suella Braverman raised eyebrows (26 March) when she told a meeting of rightwing Tory members and supporters that "we are engaged in a war against cultural Marxism".
The party-aligned Bruges group, of which Braverman is a member, is deep in the factional crossfire over Brexit. But the phrase, spoken in anger, is a reminder of the ontology of mainstream rightwing thought in the Tory party and the UK.
From Rab C Nesbitt to Still Game to the Limmy Show: Why is Scottish comedy so saturated by working class humour and what does it say about society?
CommonSpace’s culture and ideology columnist David Jamieson speaks to Rab C. Nesbitt star Elaine C Smith and co-creater of Still Game, Greg Hemphill, to explore why Scottish comedy has a distinctively working class character, and what that cultural awareness says about power and ideology in Scotland today
THE Scottish comedy scene is saturated by working class humour. From sketch shows like Burnistoun and Limmy to stand up acts like Frankie Boyle, Kevin Bridges and Janey Godley. Their predecessors like Still Game and Rab C Nesbitt remain national favourites.
Live: Brid Smith TD to address Scottish conference of socialist ideas
Conference to discuss marxist ideas in Scotland
A RECENTLY elected Irish socialist and anti-water charges activist is set to address a Scottish conference of socialist ideas.
Brid Smith, one of six socialists recently elected to the Irish parliament in the wake of a mass movement against austerity, will speak alongside Marxist economist Michael Roberts and Scottish RMT official Gordon Martin at the one day conference in Glasgow.