Following publication of my article Funding UBI with a Tax on Land, I received a number of comments asking that I back up the figures with some calculations. I have now compiled some results, but these pose more questions than were asked in the first place.
WARNING: in this post I discuss homophobia, transphobia and some weird shit about seagulls. Look away now if you’re ornithophobic - shit, too late! Because I’m no doubt going to get grilled on my credentials, I identify as non-binary, and I usually read as a gay man or a gay woman, so I dunno, maybe I’m performing something like how non-binary’s supposed to look.
There cannot be a woman on the planet that has never claimed to have a boyfriend when trying to escape the clutches of a would-be suitor that we have no interest in. Why do we do this? Because simply saying that we’re not interested doesn’t work - it turns into a negotiation or a fight.
Another day, another man blaming feminists for the higher male suicide rate. I’ve covered this before in my previous article, Male Suicide: MRAs weigh in on #MeToo. It’s understandable and expected (dare we say hopefully so?) that men are going to be distressed by being caught behaving badly.
Tommy Robinson’s in the news again, and gaining support from keyboard warriors the world over (yes, some US commentators, and probably some from elsewhere, have jumped on the bandwagon and attempted to explain English law and politics to actual English people living in England).
G ermaine Greer is in the news once again, for saying something outrageous (once again). There’s so much wrong with so many of the things she says, but in order to deconstruct all of them, I’d need a book deal and a sizeable advance.
In February this year, Monica Lewinsky spoke about her #MeToo moment, regarding her relationship with then-president Bill Clinton. She views the dynamics of that relationship in a different light now, both in terms of how in control she felt of her actions and participation, and in how it was perceived by the outside world.
One of the most common questions asked about Universal Basic Income (UBI) is “how are we going to fund it?”. Based on the current UK tax structure, it could be paid for through income tax, but it would require an increase in rates at every tax band.
I read an article in Inc. about whether one has a fixed or a growth mindset, and how that can affect one’s life chances: Before I dig any further, I’m going to say that I do agree with the initial…
It’s a phrase I’ve heard again and again in business settings, yet it’s trotted out as arcane wisdom every time without a thought as to what that really means. Supposedly it’s related to CBT theory, in that the more you visualise and repeat an action, you train yourself to become better at it.
It was scary, but I lived to tell the tale. I felt inspired to finally write about my diagnosis and treatment for a brain tumour after reading Jennifer Dary’s account of her recovery from brain surgery, plus this article from the Guardian that appeared in my Twitter feed.
B oth the UK and the US have high levels of obesity. In the UK 62% of the population is overweight or obese, and in the US it’s 74%. There is a wealth of advice from government and the medical profession encouraging us to slim down, to avoid the risk of serious illnesses and early death.
One of the barriers to adopting Universal Basic Income (UBI) is the feeling in neoliberal societies that nobody should get something for nothing. Even if the money is available, and there would be tangible improvements to society, the rule is that individuals must work in order to get recompense.
Do we always have to follow the same patterns? I left an abusive relationship almost 10 years ago, and I’ve been through counselling, therapy, a domestic abuse recovery program, and I’m still not completely over what happened to me. The process has helped me understand what went on, learn more about myself, and to rebuild my life.
We never discuss the most important reason for staying. W hen we talk about domestic abuse, we miss one of the most important factors - love. We frame the argument in more rational terms, e.g. when we believe the victim only stays for practical reasons. We feel it must be because of lack of resources, or isolation, or logistics.
There is a history of racist and xenophobic policies behind this. The Windrush generation are named after one of the ships that transported large numbers of people from Commonwealth nations to the UK in the 1940s, 50s and 60s (see image above). This migration was encouraged, and was seen as mutually beneficial.
Welcome to the academic mean girls club. Radical feminism often gets a bad press, but it’s one of the branches of feminism that has been central in forming the movement that we have today.
I began reviewing books when I was ten years old, in my middle school English class. We were required to produce one per week, with occasional gems being read out in front of the class. Partly due to the frequency and volume of my work, and partly because I genuinely enjoy reading, and then considering and writing about books, I’ve become rather good at it.
Following my first article exploring the subject of whether we could easily convince the UK to adopt a Universal Basic Income (UBI) system, I’ve had feedback both on Medium and elsewhere. I always try to respond to comments because in writing an article I have begun a conversation, and I’d like to keep the conversation going.
Have you heard of Elizabeth Magie? She is one of many unsung female heroes of our time, and like so many other talented women over the years, she invented something that would change the world, and had her idea stolen by a man.
Growing up is easier when you have an instruction manual. I’m taking another step back in time to consider a vintage title. Vintage by my own Millennial standards, anyway. Following my review of last week, I’m looking at Sweet Sixteen and Never… a book that I read twenty years ago.
I’ve lived in Britain all my life, and nothing ever gets done around here. I approached this topic with a sense of doom and gloom, because it seems way too progressive for Brexit Britain to adopt. My elderly relatives are literally expecting the return of pounds, shillings and pence when we exit the EU.
Becoming self-employed has given me a lot of freedom. I can work my own hours, take breaks when I want, write in my pyjamas if I feel like it. But sometimes I just don’t have the inclination to actually do some work.
We need to change our attitudes on sex - but to what? Since the revelations of #MeToo, we’ve started some important conversations about not just consent, but pleasure and communicating our desires to our partners. The two are natural bedfellows, but these conversations are difficult for those who have been brought up to feel that sex, and our own bodies, are inherently shameful.