Archive for July, 2012

More on Left-wing anti-Semitism

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Jaw dropping stuff from Verso books: a new publication called ‘The case for sanctions against Israel’ features articles by John Berger, Angela Davis, Naomi Klein and Slavoj Zizek. In the Guardian newspaper today there is a feature on the lack of women’s rights in Gaza, and how things have regressed there since Hamas have been [...]

More notes on T J Clark and ‘For a Left with no future’

Monday, July 30th, 2012

All I know I am not a Marxist – Karl Marx A further reading of his recent text published in the New Left Review reveals that Clark must be lost in the maze of trying to understand modern capitalism. There is no doubt that T.J. Clark is a very learned person, his work on the [...]

Friend of Junius on the Olympic freakout

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

It was a fresco of Britain through the ages, it looked straight out of EP Thompson’s book The Making of the English Working Class, but in this case it included aspects from all Britain. Some Conservative MP Aidan Burley is in trouble when he tweeted that the Olympics opening was “multi-cultural crap”. He also described [...]

Negative dialectics Olympics

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Saturday: a march against sleazy Boris, corporate bullshit, crap jobs, militarisation of peoples’ homes and not least the the infantilization of the human race. Details here.

A critical re-reading of T.J. Clark’s text, ‘For a Left without a future’

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Which was published on the New Left Review’s website. At first glance it looks quite a learned text. He writes well, he quotes well. Some ideas are well meaning for example he wants his “notes to be addressed to a left root and branch opposition to capitalism”. That is a good idea, the only trouble [...]

Urban Rides – Tyburn by way of a Liberty Tree

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Tyburn is not strictly part of the Marble Arch quarter and what with its gruesome history it merits a separate ride. Two hundred metres from the glorified roundabout that is Marble Arch a different world awaits. It is one of imposing townhouses facing onto Hyde Park. The atmosphere of money and exclusion is almost touchable [...]

The Lost Honour of Labour, by Robert Kurz

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Socialism of the Producers as Logical Impossibility Part One The Ontology of Labour No socialism of any kind is possible within the horizons of the ontology of labour, which is to say that the commodity form of social reproduction can only be overthrown together with “labour”. This, however, is just as unthinkable for the typical [...]

Robert Kurz and the collapse of modernity – an introduction

Friday, July 20th, 2012

This article by Rasmus Fleischer was first published in the Swedish magazine Subaltern in late 2011. Quarter of a century ago, the Nürnberg school of Wertkritik (value-critical theory) emerged as a project to develop a third critical theory, pertinent to the third industrial revolution. This essay aims to outline some recurrent figures of thought within [...]

Beyond the fetishism of labour and the Eurocrisis

Friday, July 20th, 2012

A deeper critique of the Euro crisis here than can be expected from the Lackavista’s and Seymour’s of the world, who fetishize labour and put forward scenario’s of misery as a solution. The painting Fear of the abstract, above, is by Mark Peronnet

In Memoriam: Robert Kurz

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Robert Kurz, Marxian philosopher, journalist and editor of the journal Exit! sadly passed away on 18 July 2012, aged 68. Robert Kurz was one of very few people in recent years with the ability to analyse the capitalist system at the level of its own sophisticated terms. His finest writings have yet to be translated [...]