Archive for March, 2011

The economic crisis and tough baby today

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon: $1.3 million ‘For such realizations not to completely shatter his sense of the world and place in it, he would need to have non-material measures for failure and success. He would need to separate his life’s trajectory from that of capital. He would need to have a broader sense of [...]

Tough baby

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Tough baby – A certain gesture of manliness, be it one’s own, be it that of another, deserves mistrust. It expresses independence, surety of the power of command, the silent conspiracy of all men with each other. Earlier one anxiously called it, awe-struck, the whims of lords, today it is democratized and is played by [...]

Aaron Asphar: poetry, critical theory and philosophy

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

An interesting collection from a writer writing, collating and collecting here

From our TV critic Ol’ Square Eyes

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Good documentary on BBC 3 last night. On The SEA GYPSIES OF THAILAND. HORRIFIC STUFF ON HOW PROPERTY DEVELOPERS ARE TRYING TO TURF OUT PEOPLE WHO HAVE LIVED THERE FOR YEARS. Tourists go there for parties. HEDONISM AT ITS WORST.Stacey Dooley fronts these documentaries, we ought to give her credit. She created a stink demanding [...]

Evil capitalists spend more on employee health insurance than raw material extraction

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The complications of value production is highlighted by this recent survey into the consumer chain Starbucks. The barrier to capitalist reproduction is capital itself, but the old Marxian maxim of ‘between equal rights, force decides’ has resulted in inertia; the expansion of value is hindered by the incorporation of the proletariat into the system.

Value withers on the vine: top ten declining industries

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Autopsy of two marches against the cuts

Monday, March 28th, 2011

First to have two marches was maybe not too unitary. Of course there are people on the Left who do not get on with the Labour Party -the party of labour – and the trade union hieararchy. They have not forgotten what their mothers and fathers had to go through all over these years. That [...]

Why Syria is not Libya

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Have a nice day?

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Michael Ezra over at Harry’s Place is a bit of an oddball. He spends a lot of time haranging the Left (Heal thyself physician! – Ed) but does throw up some right howlers, especially embarrassing gems include all those times the ‘revolutionary left’ support totalitarian regimes against ‘American imperialism.’ One particularly nasty bug he hasn’t [...]

Green Grundrisse: Social ecology, low-income ghettos and the polarisation of the Species

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Man – that peculiar animal – has created a niche for the estate agent, and this invasive parasite has been known to define one of man’s habitats as North Notting Hill. Others know better. They call it “Hoodie infested Notting Hill”, Far North West Chelsea, Sloane Square Annexe, or North Pole International Enclave. North Kensington [...]