Paul Mason

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Unlike both utilitarianism and rights-based theories, virtue theory assumes human beings and the planet Earth have intrinsic purpose, from which moral commandments flow.

A defining feature of the evolution of western ethics has been the displacement of the language of virtue for that of utility and rights. While virtue(...)

Karl Marx: Sometimes Mason’s need to frame his arguments in terms of what the German philosopher wrote or thought becomes a drag on his overall message. Illustration: Hulton Archive/Getty

The demonstrations against the introduction of water charges in 2014 were a clear example, whether you agreed with them or not, of how mass public pro(...)

Paul Mason: ‘I want us to reclaim the word snowflake. Unique, fragile, beautiful: that describes human beings to me.’ Photograph: juergen-bauer.com

Paul Mason is a snowflake and proud of it. Not just that but a Marxist, antifascist snowflake. “As a journalist I have always been trained to speak a(...)

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn removes a garland after delivering his keynote speech in Brighton. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

It was on the pebble beach next to Brighton Pier, as I watched a couple wrapped up warm against the autumn sun in their deck chairs, reading. A boy an(...)

South Korea’s Hyunmoo II ballistic missile is fired during an exercise at an undisclosed location in the country. File photograph: South Korea Defense Ministry via AP

In November 1950, when North Korean forces had the US military on the run, President Truman held an infamous press conference during which he threaten(...)

Donald Trump: the US president told a rally in Ohio that the federal government was “liberating” American cities from immigrant crime gangs. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

A rough inventory of July’s contribution to the global collapse of democracy would include Turkey’s show trial of leading journalists from Cumhuriyet (...)

One of the huge achievements of Debbie Horsfield’s adaptation of the Poldark novels is its determination to dramatise, alongside the bodice ripping, the core social conflicts experienced by the first industrial generation. Photograph: Robert Viglasky

The BBC drama series Poldark is becoming eerily relevant to our times. The hero, George Warleggan – a dashing banker and mining entrepreneur – has suc(...)

Jeremy Corbyn in front of Che Guevara merchandise at the Labour  conference. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

By 11am on Monday, they were already turning people away from the Black-E, a former congregational chapel on the edge of Liverpool’s Chinatown, about (...)

British Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn speaks outside the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle, during his campaign. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

Tony Blair, in a last-ditch attempt to dissuade Labour from backing Jeremy Corbyn, introduced an interesting proposition: that Corbyn, together with S(...)

Outspoken: neoliberalism “turns out to be a dead end”, says Paul Mason. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty

Paul Mason sits in his two-up, two-down terraced house in south London while a newly arrived wheaten terrier, Lottie, still getting used to visitors, (...)

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