Archive for March, 2007

Why Work?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

At 10am he was due to sign on at the Labour Exchange. It was the one fixed event in his day which, when that was over, relapsed into a nightmare of restlessness. For this reason it was good though it did not seem so to him. His nature was up in arms against every feature [...]

Rethinking the Critical Theory of Capitalism by Moishe Postone

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

I would like to outline why, in my judgment, a critical theory of capitalism is necessary today, and why such a theory must be different from traditional critiques of capitalism. That is, I intend to critically interrogate some common understandings of the nature of the fundamental social relations of capitalism. I shall do so in [...]

Happy Shoppers

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

At a ‘No Sweat’ conference in Central London in late 2005, ‘militants’ and anti-capitalists took time out from the Christmas rush to discuss ways to help organize against sweatshop labour in countries like Thailand and The Phillipines. A debate between a self-styled ‘anarchist’ and a more ‘mainstream’ left-wing militant on the nature of how to [...]

A World on Fire

Sunday, March 4th, 2007

In 2006 we discover the planet is 3°C from meltdown. Cars everywhere, and an airport the size of Heathrow needs to be built every five years in order to keep pace with tourist demand. The amount of carbon dioxide in London amounts to nine million tons per year – which means the intake is close [...]

‘You are making the wall look good. Go home.’

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Said a Palestinian to Banksy, the graffiti artist on his visit to the Middle East in August 2005. Banksy thought he could meddle in the politics of that region as if it was Bristol, or Hackney. He is a shrewd media manipulator who has successfully co-opted radical ideas and turned them into saleable art. Early on, Banksy turned down the kings shilling when it came knocking at his door in the form of Adidas and Nike, who wanted him to endorse their…

The book of doh

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Will Self’s ramblings about the London bomb attacks in 2005 need a few words to rectify some ill-digested views. First, to assert that ‘the terrorists were engaged in a murderous act of psychogeography’ is utter nonsense. Situationists wanted to explore the town in a poetic manner in order to bring about some change. The goons [...]

Soap dodgers

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

‘Primitivism’ is a real mess and doesn’t offer any up solutions, but its radical sheen attracts some. Paul Rotgers, alias John Connor, a leading ‘theorist’ of this strange hotch-potch of ideas has still not understood the critique of his pal John Zerzan to be found in JZ and the Primitive Confusion by En Attendant. Zerzan [...]

Cops defend robbers shocker

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

There is nothing glamorous or defensible in organized crime – and the film industry constantly venerates ‘gangsters’ in all their guises. It goes to highlight how the boredom of everyday life finds an outlet. All types of people (but especially teenagers and men) love these films because the anti-heroes often represent the one acceptable face [...]

Motor madness

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

‘The average man hardly cares for any living being with the intensity and persistence he shows for his automobile. The machine that is adored is no longer dead matter but becomes something like a human being. And it gives back to man what it possesses: the life of the social apparatus to which it belongs.’ [...]

The mess in Iraq

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

‘To say in a precise sense that someone holds this or that theory is already to imply the stolid, blankly staring proclamation of grievances, immune to self-reflection.’ Theodor Adorno It is easy to be against the current Bush/Blair Coalition if you only see them as oil plunderers, and there is no doubt that the presence [...]