Monthly Archives: July 2012

kitschy-kat:

honeybeecaligari:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Maria_della_Concezione_dei_Cappuccini

I’ve been there.

Very eerie, especially the mummified monks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cripta_Cappuccini.jpg

THIS PLACE IS THE COOLEST

Banksy on the side of Thekla, a club-boat in Bristol.  Found under the grim reaper tab but it’s more Charon than that guy.

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philosophy-of-praxis:

Here’s the thing about the London Olympics opening ceremony (re. the bang on commentary criticising Piers Morgan’s racist shitty comparison with the Beijing opening ceremony.)

It was never going to be about proving to the rest of the world how awesome Britain is and how great its achievements are.  It’s purely about creating a spectacle for the beeb to push on British citizens so that they start huffing and panting about how great we are.  It was an internal display to make people forget that the NHS is being privatised, care homes for the elderly and severely disabled are being closed, benefits for the disabled are being cut, people are being expected to work for less than minimum wage to be able to claim job benefits, working class kids are being cut out of being able to go to university and even college or sixth form, funding for community centres are being cut, unemployment is on a high, police are threatening water canons and rubber bullets to deal with demonstrations and public unrest, the use of CS spray is already on the rise, pensions are being cut back, the age of retirement is being raised … need I go on?

I absolutely agree with the commentary about Eurocentrism and that’s why I didn’t bash this in as an additional commentary directly to the post as it reblogs around.  But I think it’s also worth remembering that the Olympics in the UK aren’t about foreign policy or international relations in the same way they were presented in China.  Here they’re the panem et circenses, the nationalist populism.  Morgan’s commentary was about reinforcing how good it is to be British precisely because of his class position and precisely because, these days, being British and working class means you’re in the process of being roundly fucked by the Conservative/Lib Dem government.  The Eurocentrism is a tool to suppress unrest, the racism and orientalism that breeds is the repugnant by-product.

Threatening water cannons and rubber bullets? Oh please, they’ve been using them for coming on half a century! Or does Northern Ireland not count as a part of the UK anymore? And CS gas is on the rise? Really? So they’ve managed to beat the 1,000+ cannisters they fired into the Falls Road in around an hour, before enforcing a curfew for 36 hours before the gas could dissipate?

And I didn’t read any smart breakdowns about them marching the Olympic torch and about a billion Union flags through Belfast. And I didn’t see anyone else discussing that the last celebration of British culture – a little over 2 weeks ago – involved an analogue of the KKK burning Irish flags and effigies of murder victims as a fun night out for all the family.

Everything else is spot on, but lets not forget Ireland in all this.

Very true, mea culpa.

Here’s the thing about the London Olympics opening ceremony (re. the bang on commentary criticising Piers Morgan’s racist shitty comparison with the Beijing opening ceremony.)

It was never going to be about proving to the rest of the world how awesome Britain is and how great its achievements are.  It’s purely about creating a spectacle for the beeb to push on British citizens so that they start huffing and panting about how great we are.  It was an internal display to make people forget that the NHS is being privatised, care homes for the elderly and severely disabled are being closed, benefits for the disabled are being cut, people are being expected to work for less than minimum wage to be able to claim job benefits, working class kids are being cut out of being able to go to university and even college or sixth form, funding for community centres are being cut, unemployment is on a high, police are threatening water canons and rubber bullets to deal with demonstrations and public unrest, the use of CS spray is already on the rise, pensions are being cut back, the age of retirement is being raised … need I go on?

I absolutely agree with the commentary about Eurocentrism and that’s why I didn’t bash this in as an additional commentary directly to the post as it reblogs around.  But I think it’s also worth remembering that the Olympics in the UK aren’t about foreign policy or international relations in the same way they were presented in China.  Here they’re the panem et circenses, the nationalist populism.  Morgan’s commentary was about reinforcing how good it is to be British precisely because of his class position and precisely because, these days, being British and working class means you’re in the process of being roundly fucked by the Conservative/Lib Dem government.  The Eurocentrism is a tool to suppress unrest, the racism and orientalism that breeds is the repugnant by-product.

We need to free ourselves from the habit of seeing culture as encyclopaedic knowledge, and men as mere receptacles to be stuffed full of empirical data and a mass of unconnected raw facts which have to be filed in the brain as in the columns of a dictionary, enabling their owner to respond to the various stimuli from the outside world. This form of culture really is harmful, particularly for the proletariat. It serves only to create maladjusted people, people who believe they are superior to the rest of humanity because they have memorized a certain number of facts and dates and who rattle them off at every opportunity, so turning them almost into a barrier between themselves and others… which has given birth to a mass of pretentious babblers who have a more damaging effect on social life than tuberculosis or syphilis germs have on the beauty and physical health of the body…

They end up seeing themselves as different from and superior to even the best skilled workman, who fulfills a precise and indispensable task in life and is a hundred times more valuable in his activity than they are in theirs. But this is not culture, but pedantry, not intelligence, but intellect, and it is absolutely right to react against it.

Antonio Gramsci (Working-Class Education and Culture)

(via bradicalmang)

All previous historical sex tips were tips of minorities, or in the interest of minorities. Communist sex tips are the self-conscious, independent movement of the immense majority, in the interest of the immense majority for immense orgasms. The proletariat, the lowest stratum of our present society, cannot stir, cannot raise itself up, without the whole superincumbent strata of official society being sprung into the air.

Cummunist Manifesto, Chapter I. Bourgeois and Proletarians (via communistsextips)

To learn to see all the crimes against humanity, all the indignities to which the human body and spirit are subjected, as the twisted outgrowths and expressions of the existing social system, in order to direct all our energies into a collective struggle against this system—that is the direction in which the burning desire for revenge can find its highest moral satisfaction.

Leon Trotsky, Why Marxists Oppose Individual Terrorism (via antisocial-socialist)

Anti-EDL protestors (We Are Bristol organised demonstration at the Bristol Bridge and as the camera pans to the right a group of LGBT activists [judging from the flags]) voice their displeasure at the EDL as they march through Bristol.

Some 250 EDL arrived in the city, the best that their national call out could muster, to spread their message of hatred and racism.  They were greeted by some 1500 on the WAB demonstration, along with other action taken by groups such as Bristol Antifa on the day.

Bristol Pride, which happened on the same day, was a great success and wasn’t disrupted by the racist thugs.

Statue of Edmund Burke in Bristol city centre, vandalised by some hoodlums.

Tory hanging with the kids, playing some yoyo, being one of the people.

Photo courtesy of Olivia Cowley, taken on the day of the anti-EDL protests in Bristol.

Tagged London but this was done on West Moreland House in Bristol.  Pshaw.

e-schatology:

jrantisexleague:

i’ve never met anarchists who are so concerned with marxists as i have marxists who are concerned with anarchists. what was funny about yday’s quote was everyone skipped right past the bit where trotsky spoke about the need for adhesion and how anarchists can be part of the revolutionary movement and went straight to ANARCHISTS DROOL COMMUNISTS RULE

if anyone was wondering why it was i turned away from communist groups to working with anarchist ones ^^^

For the first time since the International Working Men’s Association anarchism can boast a greater number of people identifying as anarchists (though on the world scale anarchism is continuing to ebb as mass workers struggles are intensifying in the perifieries of capital). As a result the primacy of class politics is contested within the movement as fundamentally Anarchism is not, in and of itself, concerned with class struggle nor even then abolition of capital. Instead the political antagonism is against “authority” as such, hence the possibility of anarcho-capitalism and the need to specify class-struggle-anarchism/Anarcho-syndicalism when class struggle does play a part.

Therefore as before with the 1st International the argument for class struggle must be made and is a political priority for socialist because again, as before, the logic of (Neo)liberal Ideology does form a natural antagonism with anarchism or anarchist forms of de-centralised networks  organisation because quite frankly its nearly identical*. As such we must argue against it, consistently. That makes matters worse is in practice when we encounter anarchists IRL the fact that 9 times out of 10 we are dealing with petulant childred actively working against the interest of the working class finding the fuckers irritating is to be expected.

Political tendencies should not simply work together as a point of virtue, as this leaves all principle and strategy compromised. Instead pragmatic alliances when we are doing the same things for the same reasons allow us to build united fronts, which can then split without “betrayal” are much more important. We are not friends, sometimes we must work together and some times we will fight.

However being a self righteous liberal saying “why cant we just get along” is irritating and smug.

(*the minor differences  can form powerful antagonisms don’t get me wrong)

I’m always up for Marxist/Anarchist unity as long as the anarchists are decent on the collectivist, class struggle shit.  Problem is these days the whole attitude towards anarchism without adjectives means most anarchists on the internet are all about the lifestyle anarchism, get stuck in a milieux, and aren’t consistent about what they do or why.  Anarchist groups risk getting pulled this that and the other way because they allow such multiplicity where they end up getting wanky liberal anarchists who are more concerned about complaining about how rights aren’t respected, or individualist anarchists who are all about martyr complexes and aren’t about building the class.

I know some very good anarchists and I’m always more than happy to work with them productively.  It’s just when the other shitty anarchists trot up and start complaining about authoritarianism without understanding what it means, and going sectarian and complaining constantly about Kronstadt (NAKA) rather than talking about how we’re building for the future, I have no time for that.

There are, finally, some fundamental political problems within neoliberalism that need to be addressed. A contradiction arises between a seductive but alienating possessive individualism on the one hand and the desire for a meaningful collective life on the other. While individuals are supposedly free to choose, they are not supposed to choose to construct strong collective institutions (such as trade unions) as opposed to weak voluntary associations (like charitable organizations). They most certainly should not choose to associate to create political parties with the aim of forcing the state to intervene in or eliminate the market. To guard against their greatest fears––fascism, communism, socialism, authoritarian populism, and even majority rule––the neoliberals have to put strong limits on democratic governance, relying instead upon undemocratic and unaccountable institutions (such as the Federal Reserve or the IMF) to make key decisions. This creates the paradox of intense state interventions and government by elites and ‘experts’ in a world where the state is supposed not to be interventionist.

David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism (via catspirations)

and we wonder why anarchism has never been bigger….

(via e-schatology)

mamitah replied to your post: Anarchists are totalitarian, unless they’re…

explain totalitarian anarchism, pls

Against the totality of capitalism, for anarchism to resist, it must create a totality in response.  To overthrow the totality of the liberal state is to replace it with a totality of anarchism.  It is totalitarian.  Totalitarian is not the same as authoritarian.  All western states are totalitarian because they are all support capitalism and liberalism; they are authoritarian to varying degrees.  This is, for example, why Makhnovists had to establish their own form as a totality within Ukraine and defend it through force.  Until capitalism has been destroyed the totality of its existence and the necessary totality of the response to it cannot be escaped.

project-argus:

NPR: Hubble Captures Time-Lapse Videos Of Stars Being Born

(Movies of jets from young stars at HubbleSite: here)

Goldsmiths University occupation of the Whitehead building.

The Hudsucker Proxy | 1994

Is that including the mezzanine?