Brexit as Conjuncture?: Developments in the Modes of Production and Politics

Brexit is being considered the most important geopolitical development in the UK this century. It has already been cemented as a great plebiscitary revolt that has smashed the establishment narrative, repositioning British politics and causing a sudden change in the way the general electorate understand politics and government. In this sense, Brexit can be seen as a conjuncture, splitting open the common sense of modern politics in a fragmentary and indeterminable way. The way this conjunctural effect has evolved in the referendum vote and the resultant Brexit can be seen as a development of the extent of neoliberal subjectivity in the UK, where the economy has become practically depoliticised, removed from political/social critique, which the Leave campaign and the vast majority of Leave voters accepted as a political norm, as polling data and campaign discourse showed. Brexit then is a conjunctural revolt of culture, developing a half-way house lebenswelt that is pre-nascent, unable to develop a fully explanatory critique of modernity due to neoliberalism’s enclosure of the economy as an unquestionable dynamic of modern life.

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Central Bank’s Ideational Construction

This study examines the ideational construction of independent central banks, understanding them as ideologically constituted socio-economic variables that are not some form natural progression toward a neoliberal economy. The concept of central bank independence (CBI) receives legitimation through a number of discourses and academic conceptions, combining with particular distributional coalitions and interest groups that form an integrated epistemic community of policy production and governmental regulation. Such an epistemic community does not develop naturally, but is constructed through particular historical understandings of the economy and polity, that promote a general framework favourable for CBI to grow and hegemonically stabilise.

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Constructing the Household Economy

This study looks at the issues surrounding the organisation of home-based workers, and how through new ideational and ideological lenses home-based workers can construct a household political economy that rivals the dominant hegemonic positions of neoliberalism and its discourses of marketisation, privatisation and precariatisation.

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An Unchallenged Arbiter: The Role of British State Agency in Creating Forms of Unnatural Exclusion and Inclusion in Communities

My essay on the British state’s role in defining ethnicity, denying community forms of immigration and creating what Hoppe has termed unnatural inclusion and unnatural exclusion has been formally published with the Libertarian Alliance.

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Rethinking Markets: Anarchism, Capitalism and the State

This study examines markets as a ground for radical social action, looking at their theoretical and interstitial dynamics within the wider corporate-state nexus.

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This paper researches markets as non-capitalist entities, citing multiple theoretical and existing case studies and from these theorising that markets can be much more radical than their present existence in capitalism would suggest. Continue reading

The Negative Effects of the Minimum Wage on Non-University Educated 18-21 Year Olds in the UK

This study looks at the negative effects of the minimum wage in the UK, focusing on changes that have further entrenched unfree labour markets and limited the ability for entrepreneurial activity to develop. In effect, the minimum wage acts as simply another entry barrier to free market activity, enabling interest groups to monopolise their economic position further.

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