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June 25, 2015

Just a quick note on the Confederate flag and this vexed problem of 'whiteness'.

Every thick white Southern person they interview on television about this stupid flag says something thick about, it's about our heritage, it's not about slavery. It's about the South defending itself, it's not about slavery. It's about states rights, it's not about slavery.

If this was just ignorance, then the ideological function of 'ignorance' would be self-evident and need no elaboration. But we have to remembe...
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Published on June 25, 2015 05:38 • 1 view

June 24, 2015

I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing the day the Beautiful Soul entered Russell Brand.  It began to slowly cannibalise his innards, metabolising them into an oddly potent type of spiritual ordure.

At first, he seemed to welcome it, and the ecstasy of its sweet ministry.  How could he resist?  The oneness of all living things, upon which it staked its colonising zeal, appeared to be the most perfectly sublimated narcissism.  The sheer monstrosity of the thing...
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Published on June 24, 2015 00:43 • 2 views

June 21, 2015

What a success; what a win.  70,000.  100,000.  250,000, say Counterfire’s curates of the power of positive thinking.  There is no point in haggling; it was a huge demonstration by anyone’s standards, and it has helped shape the national conversation.
Let no one say that the atmosphere was other than joyous.  Comrades couldn’t keep the grins off their faces.  This is the sort of thing that makes the troops happy.  All the sects and groupuscules were out, dist...
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Published on June 21, 2015 09:07 • 2 views

June 17, 2015

I am tempted to offer Jeremy Corbyn the same advice I offered the Greens: you need to hate more.
You're not called upon to be a nice guy, to be reasonable, to play the boring parliamentary game of civilised politics.  You are called upon to preach.  Yours is an evangelical mission, to change the political and ideological culture in this stupid, backward, cretinous country.  We need fire.  We need serious, fire and brimstone exhortation. 
When they, the ubiquitous they,...
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Published on June 17, 2015 13:32

June 15, 2015

Given today's damning Amnesty report on the 'neglect' by 'world leaders' of refugees, I just want to put something in perspective.  
In the case of the EU, it is not so much a 'conspiracy of neglect', as Amnesty calls it, as a range of policies - 'illegal pushback', detention camps, Operation Triton - which are supposedly intended to fortify the frontiers of Fortress Europe.  The drastic increase in deaths at sea in the Mediterranean can be traced largely to the tightening of such po...
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Published on June 15, 2015 03:37

June 14, 2015

There is no point in me joining in the endless attacks on Rachel Dolezal.  I'm tempted to say that I have no moral basis for criticising her when, like millions of people worldwide, I have been fronting as a white man all these years.  The accent, the hairstyle, the appalling diet, the sumptuary choices, the music, the terrible, terrible clothing.  I've bought into every racial stereotype of back-woods Northern Irish redneck scum you could possibly invent.  You wouldn't be...
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Published on June 14, 2015 06:49 • 4 views

June 11, 2015

You know that if you visit a shrink and say, "I want to get better", the analyst ought to be very sceptical right away that this is actually your demand.  Most likely, they will interpret your demand as something like: "please get my symptom working again, so that I can go back to doing exactly what I did before, regardless of how dysfunctional".

And that is what we have paid the banks for.  We gave them everything, so that they would get the symptoms of financial capitalism working...
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Published on June 11, 2015 04:36 • 10 views

June 8, 2015

"Does life have anything to do with death?  Can one say that the relationship to death supports or subtends, as the string does the bow, the curve of the rise and fall of life?" - Lacan, Seminar, Book VII.

I still haven't got round to reading Vivek Chibber's critique of postcolonial theory.  A few encounters I've had with the concrete politics of some on the postcolonial left have resulted in me wishing I had read it.  Not because I expect to agree with the broad tow of it, but...
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Published on June 08, 2015 15:53 • 5 views
Harriet Harman is a pitiable figure.  Seen, rather risibly, as a figure of the 'left' by the press, she usually positions herself to the right of whatever the middle ground of the Liberal Democrats is saying.  For her entire period in office, she was a hostage to New Labour with a serious case of Stockholm Syndrome.  
The subjective bad faith inherent in such a position can perhaps best be illustrated by Harman's willingness to take responsibility, as Secretary for Social Securi...
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Published on June 08, 2015 04:38 • 2 views

June 7, 2015

Inspiring and mesmerising.  These are two words that have never been used about this blog.  Why?  Shut up, that's why.  Furthermore, cram it.

Look, I need your help.  This may well be the last annual Lenin's Tomb appeal.  I have two months to finish my PhD.  If I want to get it done, I simply cannot take on any additional employment, paid or not.  I will work like an automaton for 18 hours a day until the great work is done.  So I need you to subsid...
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Published on June 07, 2015 04:33 • 3 views

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