SOCIOLOGY – Theodor Adorno

Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno was born in Frankfurt in 1903 into a wealthy and cultured family. His father, a wine merchant, was of Jewish origin but had converted to Protestantism at university. Until his twenties, Adorno planned for a career as a composer, but eventually focused on philosophy. In 1934, he Continue Reading

PHILOSOPHY – Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre made thinking and philosophy glamorous. He was born in Paris in 1905. His father, a navy captain, died when he was a baby – and he grew up extremely close to his mother until she remarried, much to his regret, when he was twelve. Sartre spent most of Continue Reading

Power of Banks vs Democracy

Whenever there’s a big decision to make about the future of the UK, the news cameras will be focused on the people in Parliament. But here’s a question for you; what if those news cameras are pointing the wrong way? Do politicians really have that much power these days? And if they don’t, Continue Reading

Anarchism Does Not Belong to the Socialists

all good people are asleep and dreaming. the sacrifice of the individual and their property has always been justified as a virtuous acts for the preservation of society the collective and the state this justification this Dogma upheld by philosophy and politics has served as a basis for power it Continue Reading

Spiritual Capitalism

You tell me what is happiness in Kṛṣṇa consciousness; all happiness— beginning, middle, and end. [Spiritual Capitalism] But I remember, once, in Śrīla Prabhupād’s garden in Los Angeles, he was giving this sequence: ādau-śraddhā, sādhu-saṅga, bhajana-kriyā, and talking about that, and telling each stage. But when he got to bhāva, Continue Reading

The Dawn of Capitalism

Generous, thoughtful, sensitive people are often drawn to the view that we shouldn’t expect economies to grow. After all, the earth and its resources are limited. So why keep asking for GDP to expand? It’s understandable if this opinion is widespread, but perhaps a good future depends not on minimizing Continue Reading

Why Religious Beliefs Aren’t Just Silly

From a distance, it can all seem very silly. These people have gone to Lourdes, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, in the hope that the Virgin Mary might cure them of cancer and heart disease. These people have gone to Medjugorje in Bosnia Herzegovina to pray they might get Continue Reading

PHILOSOPHY – Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault was a French 20th century philosopher and historian who spent his career forensically criticizing the power of the modern bourgeois capitalist state, including its police, law courts, prisons, doctors and psychiatrists. His goal was to work out nothing less than how power worked and then to change it Continue Reading

PHILOSOPHY – Epicurus

This is a philosopher who helps us think about money, capitalism, and our runaway consumer societies Epicurus was an Ancient Greek born in 341 BC. What made him famous was that he spent all his life trying to work out the largest puzzle there is: what makes people happy? Philosophers Continue Reading

PHILOSOPHY – Hegel

Georg Friedrich Hegel was born in Stuttgart in 1770. Intellectually he was adventurous, but in externals, respectable, conventional, and proud of it. He ascended the academic tree and reached the top most branch, head of the University of Berlin, when he was sixty years old; he died the following year. Continue Reading