Archive for October, 2009

Notes from the steam room – on the postal strike

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

A chance meeting this half-term holiday with a local mother who works for the Royal Mail provided me with the following information about the current industrial action by postal workers. A significant factor in the dispute is the bullying and harassment of older employees and those with health problems such as arthritis, derived from years [...]

The difference between Guy Debord and Moishe Postone’s critique of modern capitalism or: the limits of Guy Debord

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

HERE IS THE TEXT OF A TALK GIVEN AT THE ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR ON 25 OF OCTOBER 2009, WHICH WAS HELD AT WESTFIELD COLLEGE IN MILE END ROAD IN LONDON. THE TALK WAS DELIVERED AS PART OF A SYMPOSIUM ON THE CRISIS OF THE ECONOMY AND CREDIT CRUNCH AND ON CLIMATE CHANGE. THE TALKS TOOK PLACE [...]

Recuperators, shits, creeps, donkeys and postmodernist dustbins

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Some notes on the present decompositon  From the corner of my eye at the London anarchist bookfair this year, I could see two characters approaching, there was something creepy about their demeanour. Then I saw Fabian “Fuckwit” Tompsett who fingered me to his henchman Dr Richard Barbrook (you wouldn’t want to be treated by him), and so the [...]

Green grundrisse: abstract labour and climate change

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Some comments on London’s gas-wasting communal heating systems for World Climate Change Action Day, 24th October 2009   We live in a strange society if abstract labour ‘rules’ so effectively that questions relevant to anthropogenic climate change do not get answered. It is even more disconcerting that people are so entrenched in abstract labour that [...]

Churchill – a friend of capital

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Across the political spectrum, everyone is claiming Winston Churchill as their own. Churchill sent the troops in to force the Welsh miners to submit in 1911, and Angus Calder rips apart the lie that ‘we were all in it together’ in The People’s War (Pimlico, 1992).

New collection of Moishe Postone’s essays available to download

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

In 1937, Horkheimer still characterized capitalism in traditional terms, however sophisticated—namely in terms of a structural contradiction between a social totality constituted by labor, which could be organized in a just and rational manner, and the fragmented, irrational form imparted on that whole by the market and private property.  Like “totality,” labor here is understood [...]

Green Grundrisse – Illuminating lighting

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Introduction After 130 years of everyday use the incandescent light bulb is to be phased out in EU member states. The first step towards this was taken on 1st September when it became illegal for manufacturers and importers to sell incandescent bulbs of ≥100W. In accordance with the EU Directive on Energy and Lighting 01/09/2009, [...]

Those born to rule

Friday, October 9th, 2009

GLA member and Nazi brown suit Richard Barnbrook tries to court the alienated white working class by coming over all dyslexic in his suspension hearing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auxaUiiMHis&feature=related The morons in the BNP think this might win them some votes. They forget that their hero, Oswald Mosley knew that the key to success with this particular constituency [...]

Gay rights behind the Iron Curtain

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Fascinating account of the first ever gay liberation demo in East Germany, which had decriminalised homosexuality in 1968, by Peter Tatchell: http://petertatchell.net/history/queer%20comrades.htm

In the Lebanon

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

A samba display was banned in Lebanon , it was jugded contrary to the values of islam , it was also criticized as “pornographic”. The dancers who are on a tour were to parade in sober clothes which cover all parts of the human body  and not wear shorter clothing as it is the custom [...]