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The Middle Way to Anarchy

Recently I’ve been writing educational materials on anarchism, which has made me think again about this raft of ideological approaches. It is possible to make all kinds of claims for anarchism, depending on how one defines or understands it: for example, either that it is a threat to a peaceful society, or the reverse that … Continue reading

Disruptive innovators

A couple of days ago, I found myself at a Free Schools conference listening to Michael Gove, the English Minister for Education. I have little experience of listening to leading politicians live as opposed to through the media, so it was interesting to see how skilfully he worked his audience. A good deal of flattery … Continue reading

Now published: The Integration of Desire

The second volume of the Middle Way Philosophy series, The Integration of Desire, is now published. Click here for more details and to purchase. An ebook will also be available soon. Also see my previous blog post on this book. We like to think of ourselves as single selves, but when we examine our experience, it … Continue reading

Another massacre of the innocents

    A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed. So says the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, passed in 1791. Once again this right is in many people’s minds both in the US and … Continue reading

David and Goliath reversed

One thing sticks in my mind particularly from the various news reports I have read recently about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the unequal casualty figures. No doubt these keep changing, but one figure I heard was 5 Israeli deaths and 150 Palestinian deaths. No doubt this is because the Israelis are better armed and protected, with … Continue reading

Battling Maggie

The following is an extracted chapter from the book I am working on, ‘The Integration of Desire’. It is a case study, in this case of the effects of desire not being integrated, both at a personal and political level. Anyone who has seen the recent film ‘The Iron Lady’ will also recognise this picture … Continue reading

Meaty dogmas

There is probably no better illustration of the radical nature of the Middle Way than the question of meat. For meat, at least in the West, is conventional, it is often regarded as middle-of-the-road, and, despite much recent progress, it is still vegetarians and vegans who are taken to be the antisocial extremists making a fuss … Continue reading

The Integration of Desire

During the last few weeks, before the new academic year started up, I have been working quite intensively (on a writing retreat in Scotland) on the second volume of my 5-volume Middle Way Philosophy series – The Integration of Desire. The end of work on this volume is in sight, and I am hoping it might … Continue reading