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To repeat what I’ve said elsewhere: everything on this site is written by me except where I’ve used quotes or otherwise made clear that it’s nicked. I’m not into plagiarism – what’s to be gained? But when I quote or paraphrase I do endeavour to explain or show what I’ve done.

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(This page contains summaries of only a selection of articles - not all of them)


....... great minds

Chomsky +

In his own succinct words: the importance of anarchy, and the facism of business. Followed by my little Q & A 'The Great Fraud' (524 words)



Where I question the authenticity of Sartre's: 'Man is condemned to be free'. (1779 words)



A rarely acknowledged consequence of Camus' 'Revolt' - the most uplifting philosophy of all time, developed and written as a youth growing-up on the wild sun-baked coast of Algeria. This essay begins by examining the nature of 'revolt' - and observes too the creative aspiration of, for one, Dostoyevsky. (3313 words)



KEROUAC, SAROYAN, KAZANTZAKIS, VONNEGUT - these amazing people all have their say here in relation to the idea of 'revolt' above all - but together with vitality and purpose, the legacy of their work and lives shines inexorably through for posterity. (2399 words)


The truly remarkable practical-psychologist of the twentieth century - and beyond; who, like present day Camila Batmanghelidjh (founder of 'Kids' Company'), understood reality and rejected orthodoxy and myth in an attempt to free the world of the perennial confusion, animostity and misery that the majority of children suffer under the vicious heel of an inhuman 'moral' Establishment. (2258 words)



This is more about books and writing, especially first works, than purely an examination of Truman Capote. (2290 words) Continued in 'Impressions' (4603 words)



The forgotten genius of narrative flow and stream-of-consciousness writing. (1577 words)



A small token of appreciation for the greatest ever writer. (2700 words)



An attempt to get at the nub of Kafka's crucial perspective on the universe and the mystery that surrounds his work. (2416 words)



A true pilgrim of life, who through the pathos of the most elegant prose articulated perhaps the most penetrating and revealing philosophy ever to challenge all Establishments - asking, above all, 'Who should we obey?' - and leaving us in no doubt of the answer. (2353 words)



Anthropologist, cosmologist, writer, philosopher, advisor to US and Russian governments, advocator of social justice, peace, love and spiritual frienship between nations and individuals alike - arch-critic of myth, humbug, religious bigotry and the wealth of harmful fraudulent philosophical propaganda that's shoved down children's throats the world over. (2833 words)



Probably the most prolific and intellectually astute Science (and Science Fiction) writer ever - and one who demonstrates an intimate understanding of social issues too. A writer of almost unbounded imaginative facility, and the ability to articulate, for instance, the workings of the atom or the universe to an average seven-year-old. (4722 words)


Pinter . . . (Nobel Lecture +)

Following a discussion on heroes, I describe how and why Harold Pinter's important work, especially his supremely articulate and unreserved attack on contemporary US/UK politicians for the immense crimes they are currently engaged in - which, like John Pilger, he calls: 'Blatant State terrorism' - has impressed me (and doubrtless millions of others) for its brave and inherently scathing focus on those crimes. (1120 words)




ENGAGE now and LIVE! This is your key to the GREAT ENTERPRISE - to which, I contend, Kafka referred in the latter pages of his 'Amerika'. All who embark on this quest will find that life presents a thrilling prospect - with ups and downs, certainly, but which all-the-same is eminently worthwhile... The alternative is not worthy of us, for as Nietzsche is reputed to have said: 'He who stares too long into the abyss ends up falling into it.' - well, he should know! (though he wrote that, of course, before taking the plunge he warned of - so I suppose he was quite a prophet too). (1228 words)



The 2003 Dialogues
Politics - Science Fiction - Philosophy
Subversive, Innovative, Nutty

This page contains the political and philosophical ramblings from 2003 of three weird characters: me as protagonist (the only real one), a fictitious version - but as near to reality as I can make him - of Rod as antagonist (whose words are actually mine), and last but not least (well, maybe that's not quite true) a mysterious guy called Oreth - who pops in and out unexpectedly. (11299 words)




After reading Colin Wilson, who explains in intricate detail his philosophy on the greatest-of-all quest in life - which is to seek, above all, increased consciousness - here lies all that I gleaned. Set in the context of a (mostly) one-way conversation with Rod - like the 'Dialogues' ( I have put words into Rod's mouth, so he cannot be held responsible for them) - Wilson's key ideas are explained. (9131 words)


Death Zone

At the point where we enter the generation to next exit the universe, an acute recognition of our mortality is thrust upon us. This item comprises several angles that resulted from my own experience with this recognition. The death of an old friend, a reflection on the past, the suicide of someone else, an account on the cycle of life and death from a Zen monk on a remote mountain in Tibet, reflections on the possible causes of suicide and attempts to inspire alternative and more realistic perspectives. (8067 words)


Self Help

There are two main kinds of 'self-help': one that purports to get you motivated, and one that gets you to open your eyes. This essay concentrates on the latter, and much more...

(5952 words)



The Job

I suppose this is as autobiographical as 'The Button'. Although most of it is more-or-less true, events are out of sequence in order to make a smooth chronological first-person narrative which is easy to follow. I trace the experiences of one summer from leaving University to the point of starting a job in the broadcast industry - reflecting, here and there, on past thoughts, events and various sensations of life. (4969 words)


Theosophical Sideglance

An intriguing account of my involvement with a Theosophy course which I attended for two years - 1993-95 (one evening a week, term time - and occasional 'day' events in Brighton) - and how it influenced my thinking. (4803 words)



Inspired by the awarding to Harold Pinter of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature - I examine a few of my former heroes and conclude with an item on Pinter (1810 words) - see also Nobel Lecture +


Smoothie Operator

Some weird experiences as a part-time telephone operator for BT during 15-months in 1999 and into 2000. (5566 words)


What Makes a Loafer?

A general look at my life of loafing, DIYing, wandering, musing... etc. (2791 words)


Intelligence - & Some Dubious Advice

Some thoughts on what intelligence is, and reflections on what's worth considering when starting out into the world as a youth. What should we seek from life - and 'work'? A look at the true nature of 'work'. (3064 words)


Meaning & Contentment

A brief and contentious account of my own search for the 'meaning of life'. (2549 words)



Impressions on literature, a pilgrimage to Hesse's Germany, from Tasmania to Montauk (Long Island) on Steinbeck - and a note on PEOPLE IN HOSPITALS (4603 words)


Another thing...

A brief and curious reflection on handedness and the sense of 'imbalance' (398 words)


BREAD (to eat)

How to make a damn good loaf in less than 10 minutes - sodabread! (575 words)


Writing stories

How I write stories. (2058 words)


Making Conversation

A bit more on Writing, an essay on 'Confidence', and one on 'Status & Obedience', ending with a small item on 'Conscience'. (2855 words)



The CND Conference

Description of some events at a day long conference at Hastings in October 2003, together with a range of analyses on the implications of our political predicament. (5165 words)



A look at what the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan is really about - and the repercussions. Followed by the essay: 'Our Rulers (leaders?) are slaves to the machine which will destroy the planet' beginning with: '9/11 - An Inside Job!' (4152 words)


More war

A short pre-election-2006 commentary (1610 words)


Causes of war

Detailed psychological analyses of how and why people who lead/rule become genocidal brutes who instigate war and all the terrible associated crimes against ordinary decent people - ie, precisely those who pay the tax with which the weapons are bought, and who suffer the most from their use, slaughter en-mass! (ie, see 'Neill' above) (2258 words)


The Great Fraud

Tagged on the end of a short piece by Chomsky - this explains how, in the West (at least), trivial theft like robbing a bank (which causes little or no hardship to anyone) is illegal, while a colossal ongoing perennial theft of £billions (which causes untold misery, despair, lifelong suffering and wasted lives for millions) is not only legal and permitted but is actually encouraged! (859 words)


Instilled Befuddlement

How we, and each up-coming generation are continually hoodwinked into looking-up to their 'superiors' (teachers, police, councilors, politicians, and other establishment authorities - esp entrepreneurs and Bigshot corporate leaders) who supposedly 'know and understand' so much more than us ordinary ignorant public about how and why we are so governed, controlled and enslaved (ie, mortgages and jobs - and being reared under the heel of an immense propapganda machine of which, by some incredible blindness, few people seem even aware)! (2529 words)


Prelude to:

Autobiographical reflections - originally intended to precede 'The Barbaric Comedy' (on the government and their wars), including travel notes, a clip from Saroyan, and a poignant observation on the cause of WW2 from William Blum. (2604 words)


The Barbaric Comedy

A spoof wild, mad drunken outpouring of venom directed at New Labour, their Washington Neo-con buddies - incorporating a fairly thorough breakdown and spelling-out of their heinous activities and aims - which would have impressed Hitler! (4437 words)



A few notes and observations resulting from a chance meeting of the author of a remarkable and seminal autobiography:

'Granny Made Me an Anarchist ' 2004, by Stuart Christie

(1780 words)



Why I Think As I Do (8740 words)



Another discourse on the great fraud of 'ingrained' slavery to which the ruling elite subject us - (1760 words)


Three Great Books

(that I haven't read):

'Free Lunch', 'Unpeople', and 'Maxed Out'



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