Owen Dempsey’s Blog:

Freedom is a heavy load, a great and strange burden …a choice made, and the choice may be a hard one (Ursula Le Guin)

Hello, I’m Owen Dempsey, an ex General Medical Practitioner in the UK, and more recently a post-doctoral reseacher interested in the psychopolitics of disease screening and totalitarianism in general

Who or what demands war?

In this tweet, related to this very interesting article from 2014: Mr Peter Hitchens refers to ‘certain utopians’ wishing to create war in Europe today, 2022: This seems to speak to the question of the causes behind the escalating war in Europe today, 2022. I argue here that by laying the blame at the door … Continue reading Who or what demands war?

On Covid Vaccine Mandates 2022

In summary, I argue here that, perhaps surprisingly, Covid vaccine mandates, (laws, for example, that say health and care-home workers must be vaccinated in order to be allowed to do their work), are a thin end of a discriminatory and authoritarian wedge that open an ideological pathway to belief in the same kind of nationalist … Continue reading On Covid Vaccine Mandates 2022

UK-State propaganda: Foreign Tryanny, ‘whataboutery’, and anti-capitalism

“Arthur Li, the chair of @HKUniversity Executive Council told @BBCNewshour that he cannot call the Tiananmen “events” a massacre because he wasn’t there to verify it. I assume, by the same logic, that he cannot call the Nanjing “events” a massacre either? Beijing’s trumpet” (https://twitter.com/JEyal_RUSI/status/1474069005694603266?s=20) A tweet 23/12/2021 by an associate director of RUSI (UK’s … Continue reading UK-State propaganda: Foreign Tryanny, ‘whataboutery’, and anti-capitalism

On Xenophobia during the Pandemic – A Lacanian Perspective

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/spc3.12631 Abstract The aim of this article is: (a) to argue that the UK governments’ authoritarian response to the COVID-19 pandemic is inciting a qualitative shift in discourse structures that are transforming xenophobia into a radically totalitarian force; and (b) to demonstrate that even ostensibly voluntarist libertarian discourse also creates conditions for the psyche that … Continue reading On Xenophobia during the Pandemic – A Lacanian Perspective


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