Variousness 40


Clarifications and corrections: British Islamism: Towards An Anarchist Response? (see also Ian Bone: Class War).

Conspiracies:  Jobbik needs Jews to run the world (via Modernity)

Crackpots and racists: SPLC ‘s The Year in Hate & Extremism, 2010 “Led by the antigovernment ‘Patriot’ movement, the American radical right is continuing to expand rapidly.” // Former Neo-Nazi Explains ‘Esoteric Nazism’ Interview conducted by Laurie Wood and Ryan Lenz: “A leading member of a now-defunct ‘esoteric’ neo-Nazi group describes its unusual beliefs and how he came to reject them”. // At SlackBastard:  Uri Gordon done a coupla years ago with Peter McNally, an anti-fascist researcher on Ultra-nationalist, fascist and neo-Nazi movements in Russia.

Critiques: From the new Variant:

The State of Poetic License
Owen Logan

“What is striking about the books [The Social Impact of the Arts, An Intellectual History, by Eleonora Belfiore and Oliver Bennett; No Room to Move, Radical Art and the Regenerate City, by Josephine Berry Slater and Anthony Iles; Global Culture Industry: The Mediation of Things, by Scott Lash and Celia Lury] is how class has been abstracted by critical discussions of arts and culture, in much the same way Detroit’s car industry jobs are outsourced. A largely unexamined antagonism, class, now seems to exist as an old fashioned, and sometimes sentimental refrain in cultural theory. This attitude might change as ‘economics’ and academia meet on increasingly unfriendly terms. Nevertheless, the difference in attitude between books written in the past twenty-five years, compared to the outlook of writers before the era of ‘globalisation’ will be obvious in this article. What this difference means is less obvious, and is the subject of what follows.”

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In, against and beyond labour
Gordon Asher, Leigh French, Neil Gray in exchange with John Holloway

“This exchange with John Holloway follows on from our engagement with his most recent work, Crack Capitalism (2010). Holloway’s work has become well known in and beyond activist circles since Change the World Without Taking Power (2002) was published and widely read. This intentional popularisation has, arguably, tended to obscure Holloway’s previous work while drawing strength from it. … While Holloway’s recent work draws strongly on his interests in the Zapitistas and other movements and struggles in the Global South, where he is presently based, it should also be noted that he was, for some time, based in Edinburgh and wrote regularly for Common Sense: Journal of the Edinburgh Conference of Socialist Economists… The ideas presented in Common Sense deserve a wide readership, particularly at a time when left liberalism in the UK, as Holloway challenges below, seems determined to ‘lock us firmly into capital and close down all alternatives’ through regressive campaigns such as ‘Right to Work’ or the recent ‘March for the Alternative’.”

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3 Responses to “Variousness 40”

  1. Gordon Asher Leigh French Neil Gray in an exchange with John Holloway for the Variant paper. Holloway s work has become well known in and beyond activist circles since Change the World Without Taking Power 2002 2 was published and widely read. This intentional popularisation has arguably tended to obscure Holloway s previous work while drawing strength from it.

  2. 2 modernityblog

    Thanks for the link, I should drop by more, there’s some very good stuff to read.

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