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Finally, the British public are getting ‘a bit angry’ with our Wounded Leaders society … while our government is in a trance.

Grenfell has shown the extent Britain has forgotten about its welfare state commitment in the intoxication of financilalsed capitalism in a Kensington dominated by luxury dwellings, with no hope of replacing any extra decent social housing …..  and the people are getting a bit angry. It seems Thatcher was nearly right – there is almost…
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What to do in an election you don’t really need? Trust your body.

Dr Duffell's home remedies number 365

We seem to be having a bit too much politics these days, too many elections in which there is a a distinct lack of parties with really creative visions for the future. What do we as concerned electors do when we see little choice or when we have an electorate that is mesmerised by reactionary…
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A Letter from France: new populism, worn-out apathy?

Arriving in Toulouse Blagnac airport last evening, I was greeted by a silent television screen showing Emmanuel Macron speaking to a rally in Albi, the largest town in the départment in rural SW France where I am lucky enough to spend my time when not in London. Macron pretty looked tired – unsurprisingly. And, apart…
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Leading to a crisis or leading with a new psycho-political vision? Here’s the maths.

While Europe breathes a sigh of relief that Emmanuel Macron seems to be more likely to gain the French presidency than Marine and her Front National, the new British general election strikes many with boredom. How strategic it all sounds. Yes, of course they are going to have to raise taxes on the ordinary folk…
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Last refuge of a scoundrel? How to understand the psychology of Nationalism and Identity in a changing world

On the evening of April 7, 1775, when Samuel Johnson made his famous pronouncement “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel,” he was not saying, I think, that it was wrong to love your country. Indeed, Dr Johnson was renowned for combining robust patriotic enthusiasm with his Enlightenment views and a tender conscience that…
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Why dump on Trump? Check out our own elect, home-grown, scary, cartoon crazies.

The proposed state visit of the Donald has aroused lots of feelings. And in some of our most damaged (but elected) Wounded Leaders something that may be connected with a feeling – somewhere. Here’s a couple: Some days after Boris accused the EU of considering Nazi-style “punishment beatings” on Britain in revenge for Brexit, Jacob…
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Does no one read Animal Farm anymore?

  When Theresa May announces that she wants now to build a “Sharing Society” while the plug has been pulled out of most  the institutions of our welfare state, while we are apparently so against people from abroad but auction off half our property to foreigners so our youngsters will never afford their own homes…
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Does the world need more consciousness?

For the last 2 years, I’ve been working with political activist and entrepreneur on a new book ‘The SIMPOL Solution‘ to take a look at the state of global problems through a depth-psychology lens. We launch the book in February, forthcoming from Peter Owen in 2017, but just before the US elections Alex Lyons interviewed…
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The Post-Truth Era: sad, mad, or …hopeful?

For many weeks now I have been finding it hard to write on this blog. Mostly I just want to howl. It feels like the inmates have finally taken over the asylum. So now I’ll probably say too much. But its’ just words. Words like Syria, Turkey, Russia, Brexit, and, of course, American ‘electile dysfunction’…
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Unable to forget, Native Americans now use ‘boarding school survivor’ word

A 97 year-old Native Sioux with the Christianized name  Sid Byrd remebrs being sent away at six years old, to the Genoa Indian Industrial School in Nebraska where he was frequently punished for speaking his indigenous  language, Lakota. He was been beaten so badly he could hardly lie down. “I had to lie down on…
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