The biggest challenge I have in writing for this medium is that my analysis being cross-disciplinary, it takes a lot of words to put most of my cases. As a result, when a thought won’t fit into 1200 words, I try to construct a series of essays which will add up to my argument. Occasionally, passing bits of current affairs will cause series of their own.
Some series, such as Culpability, were planned from the start. Some, such as The Great Machine, were not. Occasionally new entries in the series will appear significantly after the original run, typically as something new turns up which directly informs, enhances or modifies my argument.
- Feast of Fools
The Metropolitan Police caused the death of Ian Tomlinson, and in the process initiated a political firestorm which primed the public for the MP Expenses scandal and the downfall of speaker Martin. I include the short post “They Predicted a Riot” because when I wrote it, I hadn’t realised Feast of Fools would turn out to be a series.
A survey of the data available to the public after the Climate Camp Legal Observers published their report into policing of dissent in April 2009. A considerable amount of data needed to be processed and organised thematically, and chronologically.
- The Great Machine
When I kicked this thing off I was writing a post about the arbitrary nature of the valuation of work in our society and during my thinking came to a phrase for describing western economic history that I liked. Some time later I was ready to write up a functional discussion of why hierarchical capitalist systems are extremely successful in the civilisation market-place to date. I used “The Great Machine” as the title.
The list below links the articles in the order in which they were written; but III, IV, V and VI form chapters of a single discourse. I was a discussion of values associated with different types of employment, and II was a discussion of post-industrialism in the context of the current financial meltdown.