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I host and produce The Sobremesa Podcast, which is all about modern day Spanish politics, history and society.

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  • Hollywood’s Mutating
    The 2019 Avengers Endgame signalled the end of an era for the Marvel movies, Or did it? Between Iron man’s first outing in 2008 Marvel’s first official film and Robert Downey Jr’s last one in Endgame, eleven years has passed by. If you include Marvel’s first success with Blade in 1998, it’s 20 years. There were cartoons and even live action movies for both DC and Marvel before notably Christopher Reeves Superman (1978), but it was the release and success of Blade that gave Marvel the push to start making their own films as they only made $25,000 from the […]
  • Chamartín in Winter
  • It’s (not just) the Economy, Stupid!
    A fundamental use of ideology that is often overlooked is its application on an individual level (but also on a societal level) to help justify things that are either inhumane or go against the very values and morals that have been subsumed by the ruling ideology itself. One of the hardest things to do in this day and age is to break against dominant hegemonic thought. There are two ways of doing this, whether that be falling further down the rabbit hole into the world of conspiracy theories and the far right or whether it’s to go further to the […]
  • Middle-class or Classlessness?
    From the beginning of the New Labour era, Britain started to believe that the class society, as it had known it, had come to an end. A post-industrial society was modern cool Britain. This was perfectly encapsulated by former working-class Deputy Prime minister John ‘two-jag’ Prescott. Known as a person for not mincing his words, Prescott declared “we’re all middle class now“. Since he made this claim, parts of class-obsessed Britain have been looking for an alternative rather than just agreeing with him. That said, the majority have accepted this Americanised common sense without question. But on the left ideas […]
  • The Tragedy of Queen Elizabeth II
    King Lear was written in 1608, three years after the death of Queen Elizabeth I. This era was often referred to as a ‘golden age’, yet around the time of the death of the heirless last Tudor, there was an unconscious feeling of anxiety felt throughout society which is reflected in some of Shakespeare’s plays. It’s no coincidence that the majority of his tragedies were written around this time. Elizabeth had managed to cement the power of the Protestant church, which her father had created and her sister had tried to overturn. Having seen off the Spanish, and laid the […]
  • Too Good To Be True…
    Having been a lout at school, it is fair to say I wasn’t of an academic mind. Or, when I come to think of it, I wasn’t of any mind! Leaving school with very less than average GCSEs didn’t bother me as I was going to be a musician or, as a back up, an artist. Neither came to fruition. In fact I remember the day that I got my GCSEs, me and my two other band mates stood in a circle and opened each other’s envelopes. As my envelope come around I saw the look of umm on my […]
  • The Ambiguous Death of Ethics
    Ⅰ Covid-19 is yet to loosen its grip on the world, and even if it does the after-effects will be everlasting on the people that have lived through it. Many people whose relatives have died will not grieve as they normally could in other circumstances. We, as a society, may also have a delayed reaction to this tragedy because of how we used quarantine measures to manage this pandemic, and because of how our society is structured. While many of us remained confined to our homes working, sleeping, and eating in seclusion or with loved ones, we often thought about […]
  • Freed From Desire (Part II)
    Between aesthetics and ethics Spanish poet Federico García Lorca said “To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.” but I would argue it is the decision to keep quiet itself that is harder. In his later work Fear and Trembling, Kierkegaard explores anxiety that arises in people when they have to make a decision. He did this by analysing the biblical story of Abraham and his son Isaac. It sounds like a bad trip on acid when you read it, god appears as a goat, there are angels, he builds […]
  • Freed From Desire
    “There is one good thing: everyday life is currently making us philosophers, albeit stupid philosophers. I think it’s great that there are people, perfectly normal average people, who now protest against wearing masks and compare masks with muzzles and themselves with dogs. After all, they are thinking – perhaps for the first time in their lives – about dignity and humanity. One can only think that is great. The pandemic has brought out the best and the worst in us.” Slavoj Zizek From vaccines and masks to deciding about whether we go into a bar, we all have to have […]
  • Being and Baking (Part III)
    In Being and Time Heidegger claims that we have been absorbed into the world’s gossip and eventually we live for other people rather than ourselves. We live to please others, try to convince them that we are a good person and worthy of their company. We lie to ourselves about who we really are and try to become the image of how we think others see us. This is inauthentic living according to Heidegger. He goes on to claim that it is only when we step into Being and embrace the idea of nothingness, we see that the world is […]
  • Being and Baking (Part II)
    It is safe to say that psychoanalysts and philosophers don’t always get along, that statement has never been truer than when it comes to existentialism and Lacanian psychoanalysis.  We are often distracted by things around us, often concepts of human making such as politics, work, religion, the economy and so on, they give our reality meaning. Yet this meaning is not real. When I say it is not real, I don’t mean that it does not exist, but more so that it is part of a fictional narrative that we formulate to help our subjective self navigate the world. In […]
  • Being and Baking (Part Ⅰ)
    When we are not deciding what to do with our lives, and sometimes with the lives of others, we are sending emails, thinking about the past, worrying about the future, predicting the consequences of actions, judging others, learning, chatting, socialising, networking or we might just be distracting ourselves. But are we ever just Being? and is that Being authentic?  Endless adverts, slogans and feel good posts tell us to be ourselves, practice self care and be happy. All this at a time when the sea is catching on fire, refugees are drowning, and trillionaires are flying into space for 10 […]
  • Hell Is Other People (on Social Media)
    Ⅰ When we say we live in a merit-based society, it leads to the illusion that we are all equal. The belief this embodies is that people earn power, wealth, and respect individually on merit. That people can attain what they want through their own hard work and determination, normally via educational and professional routes or by good old fashioned hard work. However some have further to climb than others. Most systems have flaws, and if you ignore them for long enough, they grow into contradictions. Whilst we attribute the worth of a person based on their job title, car brand […]
  • And Just Like That…
    Business ontology was described by Mark Fisher: “Over the past thirty years, capitalist realism has successfully installed a ‘business ontology’ in which it is simply obvious that everything in society, including healthcare and education, should be run as a business“. This mode of thought has led to the use of non-economic topics as a barrier to protect the economic status quo. Things such as sexual relations, what is considered legal, who and how people will be punished if they break the law, tax rates, gender roles, who (and of course more importantly for them who’s not) worthy of access to […]
  • Coronavirus/Poverty
    Ⅰ The value of money means everything to some people and to others it means nothing. Now would you say money means nothing to poor or rich people? or a bit of both? We know money is printed on paper and if it were just a blank piece of paper it would mean nothing. The same goes for the numbers in your bank account. Had they been numbers on a computer game instead of your real bank account, would you care about them? When the world came to a stand still with Covid the stock markets carried on, like nothing […]
  • Return to a Cancelled Future
    Growing up a wannabe rockstar in the UK I had various heroes; I’m sure you can imagine what influences they had on me. From smoking Marlboro reds to skinny jeans and long black emo fringes I was easily swayed by the whole DIY-look. Self cut mullets and ripped jeans made the rock scene accessible to everyone, and if you wanted to be anyone, then you needed a band. I remember being really angry when I first heard the Arctic Monkeys but I could never work out why. My band could have sounded like that (at least in my head anyway) […]
  • La historia de Jeremy Corbyn y la tragedia de partido Laborista
    Para cualquiera que no siguió las elecciones de 2019 en Reino Unido, el Partido Laborista perdió las elecciones por dos razones: la mala cobertura de los medios y nuestra posición sobre el Brexit. Fue un error del partido Laboralista no apoyar la decisión de la clase trabajadora para el Brexit, lo cual fue la decisión democrática más grande en la historia de Gran Bretaña. 50 de los 52 escaños que perdimos en las elecciones votaron irse. Cualquier otra excusa es superficial, la elección fue un referéndum repetido sobre el Brexit y lo más cerca que estará el Reino Unido del […]
  • Atocha
    Spain is famous for its plazas. Often thought of as places where thin, glamorous, hot-blooded Spaniards pass the night on wicker furnished terraces with large glasses of rioja wine, tapas in shallow terracotta bowls and the light humming of flamenco guitar in the background. Yet as you arrive in Madrid via the southern gateway to the city, Atocha, the first plaza you encounter is rather underwhelming to say the least. Plaza Juan Goytisolo or more popularly known as the plaza Renia Sofía, is plain and dull. On one side you have the first of Madrid’s famous golden triangle of art […]
  • Selling your labour
    This old Marxist phase does change how you feel when looking for a job. It can be both empowering and demotivating in equal measure or, depending on your position, it can be lopsided. If you are in a job for a number of years and you want to change, it isn’t so easy. First you have to break through the wall in your mind that you need to be loyal; how it will ‘look’ on your CV; what friends will think and how it will affect your personal life. Then you start looking. Does the job you want even exist? […]
  • Was Spain’s 15M Acid Communism?
    Was Spain’s 15M Acid Communism?
  • Why doesn’t Spain have a Green Party with Xan Lopez from Contra el Diluvio
    Xan Lopez from Contra el Diluvio, (a green think tank without money) talks with me about ecology and the problems specific to Spain. We also discuss ecological movements and of course green politics.  Check out his group’s blog for more infohttps://contraeldiluvio.es/
  • What is Literature?
    Having started a degree in English, I have been forced to rethink my concept of literature. Prior to completing the recommended reading, which was the first chapter of Terry Eagleton’s literary theory book, an easy way to summarize my view on literature would have been to say that it is all forms of fiction. My lack of imagination when it comes to defining literature might show a lack of enthusiasm for fictional writing overall. And if you had assumed that then you would probably be correct. However in recent years, I have come to enjoy various forms of literature in […]
  • Riders Law with Ben Wray from Brave New Europe’s Gig Economy Project
    Ben Wray is a freelance journalist leading Brave New Europe’s Gig Economy Project. He joins me to explain how the Riders law came about in Spain, and why it is needed. Ben also explains some of the problems that there have been on the way.
  • Idea-ology: Neo-liberalism, where it started (part 3)
    Over the past 40 years, neoliberalism has demolished trade unions and stripped away financial restrictions which has led to more wealth for people with money and a stagnation in wages for the rest of us. President Reagan imposed this in the USA and Thatcher did so in the UK. In later years, neoliberalism repurposed the function of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). These global corporations, in charge of overseeing cooperation in international markets, lend money to poorer countries when they need money. With these loans comes a set of conditions which the country must adopt to […]
  • Idea-ology: Doctrine for the Masses (Part 2)
    Neo-liberals believe that the free market is the best way to organise society. They claim that the government should be just an administrator, not a supervisor or a player in the market, even to the point that private companies should provide services such as hospitals, schools and prisons. This is a common misconception, or a slight of hand, as under neo-liberal control the state often is used for the benefit for capital, rather than against it. It does this by creating new markets, initially by selling of the state’s companies/shares, or by invading or coercing other countries to exploit their […]
  • Idea-ology: Creating the Illusion (Part 1)
    Idea-ology: Creating the illusion of neo-liberalism
  • Episode 41: Exhuming Franco with Sebastiaan Faber
    The Sobremesa Podcast has slowed down for August like the rest of Spain. But here is some summer listening for you, no matter where you are! Sebastiaan Faber, professor of Hispanic studies at Oberlin College, joins me to discuss his latest book Exhuming Franco What is left of Francisco Franco’s legacy in Spain today? Franco ruled Spain as a military dictator from 1939 until his death in 1975. In October 2019, his remains were removed from the massive national monument in which they had been buried for forty-four years. For some, the exhumation confirmed that Spain has long been a […]
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