Yesterday, Greece said no (or oxi) to austerity. 61.3% of the vote rejected the repayment terms put forward by its creditors – the Troika, the European Central Bank (ECB) & the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Greece is now in default to the IMF.
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.
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
Following this article, I emailed Henry Rollins regarding his ableist attack upon people who have committed suicide. I publish the full correspodence below, in order to ensure that Rollins stands by what he committed to in his emails. Continue reading My Email Correspondence With Henry Rollins
I really did not want to comment on this. However, I am now enraged. Hurt, even.
This post is brief, intended to give definition to a term to be used in later posts. The term “kitsch” is a widely-used artistic terminology, which is closer to an adequate definition of the effects of an Imperialist consumer society on artistic products & artifacts than any other term. It is, however, not entirely adequate. This is largely due to the lack of examination regarding how the term “kitsch” forms around an artwork & what the term denotes in terms of aesthetics. These constitue initial notes, to be expanded upon at a later date. Continue reading A Brief Definition of Kitsch
This is going to be a short post; it is functional, not intended to bring anything massively new to the table. “Operation Protective Edge” has seen hospitals, centres for disability, even children playing on the beach as targets for bombing. 8,000 Israeli troops have been sent into Gaza, 1 of the most populous places on the planet. This is genocide. Continue reading Children are Being Murdered in Gaza. Right Now, like Cattle.