Archive for July, 2011

Thinking not a crime – yet

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

‘America is not swamped under a crisis level of debt’

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Sober analysis of the debt crisis here: http://permanentcrisis.blogspot.com/

Days Like These, Chapter Two

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

London, early 1980s It was a Tuesday. Ferret and I had passed Monday evening in the Compasses. He had lectured me on why once the oil ran out the country would replace it at the bottom of the North Sea; why Europe was finished, and Russia and America; why I should join the struggle, and [...]

Summer private dick serialisation exclusive!

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Pluto Crime Fiction was a 1980s publishing sensation. Nigel Fountain’s small but perfectly formed pulp fiction escapade rudely broke and entered the fray, did some time, and just as swiftly beat a retreat. It was never to be seen or heard from again, except for the occasional sighting in those careworn second hand bookshops of [...]

On Ancient Greece, ‘green’ wolves, stardom

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse went back into the charts with her premature death. What a waste of a life. Show business is just that: a show and above all a business. The list of those who have died on its altar are legion. And yet more people are lured by fame and fortune onto it. [...]

Green Grundrisse – Zizek’s bullshit on ecology

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

“I’m supposed to be one of the world’s leading communist intellectuals.” Slavoj Zizek modestly ventures to say (The Guardian Saturday Review 16/7/2011). His modesty is justified though, for this coterie of intellectuals is a very small one, and when he pronounces on ecology he contradicts his declamation: “ Let’s speak frankly, no bullshit…” Presuming the [...]

A report from Greece – watch out in September

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

‘There is clear videotaped evidence showing certain apparently violent individuals doing things like happily entering police stations, and receiving clubs while hanging out with the police. The Greek and international media have been successfully portraying the protests as the violence of hoodlums. A recent video posted on the web shows a policeman walk up and [...]

Covering fire from The Salisbury Review for the EDL

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

“As if the task were the dialectic balancing of concepts, and not the grasping of real relations”. Karl Marx. General Introduction to Grundrisse, 1857. Quoted at the beginning of Derek Sayer’s The Violence of Abstraction. “He is complete filth”. Janne Kristansen, head of the Norwegian MI5 talking about Breivik in an interview on Skynews , [...]

‘Young Turk’ Toscano on Adorno, Sohn-Rethel, Paci: Another ‘must read’ shocker on abstraction

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

As a rule, the most general abstractions arise only in the midst of the richest possible concrete development, where one thing appears as common to many, to all. Individuals are now ruled by abstractions, whereas earlier they depended on one another. Marx, Grundrisse Whether we are concerned with the unmasking of commodity fetishism, the formalization [...]

Gardener Jesse warns Bank monetary policy committee on skip visit timeline 2011

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Jesse from Kettering, well known for his prize vegetable collection at recent village tombolas (1999 – 2006, best in class) has expressed disquiet over hearing that the Royal wedding in April is to blame for the lack of economic growth, just announced this quarter. He has written to the central bank policy committee to warn [...]