Archive for December, 2007

Thaw out at the Lucas Arms in 2008

Friday, December 21st, 2007

A reading group is beginning in London in 2008. Meetings take place once a month at the Lucas Arms, Grays Inn Road. Nearest tubes: Kings Cross, Chancery Lane or Holborn. The first session will begin on the 23 January 2008 at 7.00pm We publish below a general introduction to the ideas we intend to explore. [...]

More valuable than gold, more deadly than diamonds

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

Le Monde’s coverage of events in the Congo is illustrated with images of children working in open cast mines digging for koltan, the radioactive mineral indispensable for all mobile phones. It is as valuable as gold, but the kids who dig it up get paid hardly anything. This valuable commodity is fostering civil war as [...]

Junk TV

Friday, December 14th, 2007

In Germany a TV station dedicated to death is called Ethos TV. In the late 1960s, the author of Junkie and Naked Lunch, Willliam S Burroughs, collaborated on a project called Who Owns Death TV? with Carl Weissner and Claude Pelieu. Maxy Beml once commented that Burroughs’ books chart how ‘addiction to the familiar displaces [...]

The Prisoner

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Mike Rooke wrote an article for the journal ‘What Next?‘ in 2005, in which he almost dared to question some old auto-marxist shibboleths. He recently sent us his ‘theses on the death and re-birth of communism’. We are disappointed in having to point out that Mr Rooke appears to be suffering from that very unique [...]

Dick Cheney’s favourite Europeans

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

Hungarian commentator G. M. Tamás illuminates the wild contours of the political terrain of Eastern Europe in 2007 in an article for Eurozine magazine. His focus on Poland reveals the shocking way ex-International Brigaders are being treated: “After the defeat of the “neoliberal” or neoconservative regime of ex-communist President Kwasniewski in Poland, the ultra-Catholic Kaczynski [...]

A word or two about that very serious matter called art.

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

You have to welcome anyone who attempts to make an intervention in the daily mince machine. Laura Oldfield Ford produces a fanzine called Savage Messiah – it will be a serious art collector’s piece in a few years time; a kind of post post punk comment on London in 2007, cryogenically frozen in the bruvara of [...]

Oh no! Not him again!

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

Guess who? “…The horrible experience of the Stalinist terror should in no way inhibit us in our search for a ‘good terror’ as the key ingredient of any truly radical politics: there is no effective freedom without ‘terror’ – that is, without some form of the unconditional pressure that threatens the very core of our [...]

Long range critical theory reading group, London, January 2008

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

To aid all those aiming to help contribute to the dismantling of the totalitarian labour economy, Principia Dialectica is delighted to announce the commencement of a critique…we propose you join us, in a series of tactical pre-emptive strikes aimed at the beast itself: the gotowork ideology, still mesmerising both the right and left in 2007. [...]