Category Archives: Critique

On the Materialist Interpretation of History – 1

Before the reader proceeds further, the following needs to be stated. The materialist interpretation of history (often misleadingly shortened to ‘Historical Materialism’) was never meant to be a mechanistic or crude determinist interpretation of history. That was a false conclusion … Continue reading

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CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC – 29

One step forward; two steps back. If there were league tables for incompetence, the British Elite (political and governmental) would be very high on the list. The claim of Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, to have personally endorsed an … Continue reading

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An introduction to Revolutionary-Humanism

Below is the preface to a new book I intend to publish soon entitled; ‘An Introduction to Revolutionary-Humanism’. Pre-publication copies in Word document format are available on request to royratcliffe@yahoo.com for anyone who may be interested. I hope to find … Continue reading

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CREDIT AND THE COMING CRUNCH.

In the 20th and 21st centuries a thin piece of plastic card measuring 3 and 3/8 inches by 2 and 1/8 inches became almost ubiquitous; at least in the advanced capitalist countries. Although there are two types of such ‘cards’ … Continue reading

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THE 2020 USA ELECTION RESULTS?

Biden beats Trump by 76 million, votes to 72 million, to become the 46th President of the United States of America? Both candidates got the most votes ever in such elections. Despite his obvious shortcomings, his cavalier attitude and the … Continue reading

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CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC – 28.

Free School Meals and Food banks. In the UK, during the spaces between wall to wall Covid-19 bulletins, media attention this autumn has been drawn to the question of free school meals. Whether to continue them during the holiday period … Continue reading

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DECAPITATION IN THE NAME OF GOD.

The three recent events of shooting, stabbing and attempted decapitations in France are stark reminders of the dangers of religious beliefs. There will of course be attempts to single out Islam as unique in the realms of killing in the … Continue reading

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CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC – 27.

Balancing the Books. In a recent speech, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak explained why he could no longer support all businesses (and jobs) by further financial help. He stressed that it was more important to “balance the … Continue reading

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CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC – 26.

Viable Jobs. The Conservative UK government, in what it thinks is a sober reflection of economic reality, decided (w/e 25th September 2020) to only continue subsidising (via a Job Support Scheme) what they consider are viable jobs. That is to … Continue reading

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CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC – 25

In ‘CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC 24’ in July on this blog, it was suggested that ending the Covid-19 lock-down in most countries in that month was far too soon. As predicted, the virus was allowed to continue circulating by populations, some … Continue reading

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