This is the 1st 1/2 of a speech on the recent referendum on Britain’s membership to the European Union (EU). It deals with the the run up to the referendum, alongside the fundamental characteristics of British Imperialism & European Imperialism. A 2nd part, covering the Brexit crisis & the split in the British Labour party shall follow.
Continue reading Notes on the Crisis of Imperialism: Brexit [i]
David Cameron face-fucked a dead pig. The Prime Minister of the oldest Imperialist nation on the planet shoved a (presumably stiff) ‘part of his anatomy’ into the rotting jowls of a future sausage.
You only get to write some sentences once.
Continue reading The Pig
It is clear that a Marxist understanding of gender is based upon the historical development of the family unit. It is important to note that this development is not unilateral.
Continue reading Notes Toward a Marxist Theory of Gender [II]
Who would not remember
That thunderous scream
—For it was yesterday
When I let out my scream of rebellion
Amílcar Cabral, ‘Who Would Not Remember’
(Translation by Gerald M. Moser).
Amílcar Cabral was shot dead at 1/2 past 10, on 20 January 1973. He was leaving the headquarters of the Afican Party for the Independence of Guinea & Cape Verde (PAIGC) in Conakry, Guinée with his wife, Ana Maria Cabral. Ana was then detained within the PAIGC jail. Cabral had led the PAIGC through 18 years of bitter struggle. The US Department of State said that under Cabral’s direction ‘the PAIGC developed into the most successful insurgent force facing the Portuguese.’ In the same document, they dryly note his support for the Soviet Union & the Cuban Revolution. (US Department of State, ‘Portuguese Guinea: The PAIGC After AmÍlcar Cabral‘.) He was 48.
Continue reading Africa Does Exist: Amílcar Cabral at War
Below is a section taken from a speech I delivered at a discussion group a couple of weeks ago on the work of Antonio Gramsci. The speech was intended to offer an introduction to the theory of hegemony – that is, the theory of how ideas & ideology operate as dominant within a totality of society. The section reproduced constitutes a short, biographical sketch of Gramsci himself. This provides context, much need in discussions of the theory of hegemony, the Italian Communist Party & fascism. Equally, a glance at Gramsci’s life rather deftly dispels any distortions of his character, toward a parliamentarian liberal or else merely an esoteric literary-cultural theorist. Continue reading A Short Biographical Sketch of Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937)
The above image came up on my Tumblr dashboard a couple of days ago. Quite correctly, it is being circulated with the understanding that it is humorous. The humour here is derived from the artificiality of the question posed to the player, complemented by the rudimentary attempt to systematise a “Communist society” within a game-space. In point of fact, the humour is derived from an extremely important observation on the nature of video-games as systems. Continue reading Algorithms, Unreality & Macroeconomics in Vidya
Michael Gove is sat at home, drinking tea. He catches his servant reading a novel. The writer is from France. Mr Gove drop-kicks the book into the fireplace & begins to beat his servant with a copy of Education Secretary for Dummies. Sound familiar?
Continue reading Michael Gove’s GCSE English: Canonised Anglocentricism
This post constitutes an expansion on the use of the term “aesthetics” in my previous posts. Previously, I have referred to the aesthetic as a specific realisation of purely formal technique. This is a necessary simplification for the sake of argument. However, the relationship is more complex than this.
Continue reading A Short Note on Aesthetics