Author: stephenarkley

What the left can learn from Parks and Recreation

When it comes to the summer holidays, most people decide to go abroad, to sink themselves into hobbies, or to get wasted on a beach in Malaga. Some do productive things like getting internships or applying for their dream job. These people have a multitude of things going for them: friends, life ambitions, hopes, security, job prospects, an actual sleep pattern. Then there’s me. I decided to investigate the far-left over the summer. Before you ask, I did go abroad over the summer and worked for a good portion of it too. That still left me with plenty of...

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250,000 join the ‘Carnival of Resistance’ against Trump

Friday the 13th is unlucky for some and last Friday it proved most unfortunate for President Trump with a quarter of a million people protesting throughout London and even more across the country rallying together in response to his state visit. People came from far and wide, from Glasgow, to Newcastle, to Liverpool, ranging from socialists and liberals, to quakers and pacifists. As somebody who had been to neither London before nor any political protest outside of the now heavily commercialised Pride parades, the trip proved an interesting look into the ‘Carnival of Resistance’ that has been growing across...

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TERF Wars: Why Transphobia and Feminism Do Not Work Together

This article contains content discussing transphobia that some readers may find distressing. I find myself as a student becoming more and more obsessed with radical movements. Having already done a previous article on the Alt-Right I thought it might be fun to embrace this morbid curiosity and to extend it; to become the Sphinx’s Louis Theroux, using my nervous demeanour to awkwardly investigate more radical movements, to see what draws people in and expose them for what they are. One particularly ugly radical movement that has bubbled up in recent years have been TERF’s (Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists) and while they...

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The Problem with 13 Reasons Why

This article contains content discussing suicide and mental health that some readers may find distressing. You can access support through the Guild and University: Netflix recently released the second season of its hit teen drama “13 Reasons Why”. The show deals with heavy topics such as suicide, substance abuse, sexual assault and bullying, so it’s no surprise that it’s garnered the controversy that it has. The show proves contentious, with some admiring it as a conversation starter and others seeing it as problematic and insensitive. I would advise however that anyone who feels affected by such topics...

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Who are the Alt-Right?

“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently”- Friedrich Nietzsche Since the conception of the “alt-right” in 2010, the movement has loomed over us like a spectre, both elusive and dangerous, and with nobody entirely sure who they are or what they believe. During the 2016 election year the term came to particular prominence and has since been used as a smear against anyone with opinions contrary to the establishment’s; ranging from classical liberals like Carl Benjaman and Jordan Peterson to provocateurs...

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