Understanding Political Extremism and its Origins- Fascism, Jihadism and Communism

What we define as “Extremism” is understood as a moral problem, a problem whereby an individual, ideology, group or organisation pursues a course of action, in the name of some cause, which violates established ethical and reasoned judgement. In Western historical memory, the term invigorates accounts of unprecedented human tragedies, accumulating in death, destruction, chaos … More Understanding Political Extremism and its Origins- Fascism, Jihadism and Communism

Donald Trump and the demise of the American Dream

The “American Dream” conjures up a powerful image, yet it is one rooted in the past than in the future. If we think of it uncritically, it embodies hope, equality, opportunity, fortune, liberty, wealth and aspiration. We warmly imagine the scene of European migrants arriving at Ellis Island by boat in the early 20th century, … More Donald Trump and the demise of the American Dream

My Reaction- An uncertain future, Trump’s victory as an embodiment of western decline.

In the year 1992, scholar Francis Fukuyama famously published a book he described “the end of history“. Writing in the context of American triumph in the Cold, War, he argued that western liberal supremacy and globalization had permanently triumphed and represented a new stage in the socio-cultural evolution of human beings. The world was to … More My Reaction- An uncertain future, Trump’s victory as an embodiment of western decline.

Understanding Western Sinophobia and Anti-Chinese Sentiment

What we refer to as “China” draws up remarkable images in Western imagination. It’s a land so distant, so far away and seemingly so removed from our own familiarity that it captures the awe, wonder, intrigue but also the contempt and prejudice of every day opinion. Go and ask people about China and you’ll hear … More Understanding Western Sinophobia and Anti-Chinese Sentiment

Donald Trump, American Secular Nationalism and the Decline of Religious Identity

Donald Trump is making headlines again, and, as usual not for the right reasons. After everything Trump has came out with and his apparent political invincibility despite the distastefulness of his endless remarks, last night’s revelations may prove to be the final nail in his coffin after leaked footage from 2005 shown the Presidential Candidate … More Donald Trump, American Secular Nationalism and the Decline of Religious Identity

You can change and shape your future- Don’t Give Up

I am not from a privileged background. I was born and grew up on a council estate in Sunderland, a deprived post-industrial city in the North East of England. The area suffers from above average unemployment, population decline and a general mood of pessimism and defeatism towards life. Having grew up in this environment, my … More You can change and shape your future- Don’t Give Up