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Raul Pope Farguell
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El Sueño De Una Cosa
I was at the Tate Modern recently when I read a description for a work called The Dream of a Thing ( El Sueño De Una Cosa ), though I never got to see it. The blurb instantly struck a chord with me, it compared a film to an alien intrusion; being of the sam...

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The Situation is Terrible, Let's Change Nothing at All
I saw a discussion the other day in which one of the parties stated, "Yeah, the system is terrible. It oppresses people, reduces them to helpless subjects and we need to change it." The other person in the conversation was a friend of mine who agreed and be...

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What's the Point in Protesting? (Football and Fermat's Theorem)
What is failure? How quickly can you say something "doesn't work" or it's "ineffective"? At what point does it become "a lost cause" and a "failure"? As someone who co-founded and co-runs a local anti-war group and as someone that joins meetings and protest...

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Women Have to Vote
There's an election coming up in the UK and as usual there's debate about how best political parties can awaken the dormant voter from their slumber and spin the election on its head. Galvanising those who have never been galvanised is the key to holding go...

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Television isn't Always Good for Society
In Television is Good for Society , I argued that due to chasing ratings and trying to find more and more ways to shock audiences, television had helped promote homosexual rights, the conversation about AIDS and even the presence of ethnic minorities, but t...

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The Meritocracy Delusion
We were given an insight into prevailing logic this week about how we address inequality via the debate in the House of Commons over the Football Association's (FA) governance. Barry Taylor, life vice-president of the FA, said in a letter to his colleagues ...

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Do We Still Need Tolerance?
About four years ago I wrote a post about a book I had read called On Tolerance by Frank Furedi. The book is still brilliant and still very, very relevant. The word tolerance  continues to be thrown around and heralded as some sort of panacea when in fact t...

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Captain Michalis and Hopeless Anonymity
Captain Michalis pounded the cobbled streets of life. "Life is not a wide street, really.", he thought. And true, there are many ways down this street and all would reach the end eventually. The Captain stood there and watched people walk towards him and ob...

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Post-Capitalist Sex
For something that is so central to how we think, how we conduct our most personal relationships and the very act that creates us, philosophy has remained rather quiet on the issue of sex. It is far easier to find a book on how advertising affects the brain...

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Reality doesn't Exist
You'll hear/ read a lot of conspiracy theorists say what I'm about to type, but bare with me: everything is not as it seems; reality doesn't exist. This argument is not one put forward in support of a New World Order or a government plot, I don't subscribe ...
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