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ATTEMPTING TO MAKE SENSE OF IT ALL AND TALKING TO "THEM".

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(Rational preamble. It's always harder navigating the labyrinth inside than out. Outside you usually spend most of the time apologising and getting  out of people's way)   It's a shit fight out there. Cynicism is always the fallback of the cool and aloof. The working class rock star doing his bit at the soup kitchen or playing pool and drinking with the locals at the local into the evening and beyond. The silent lonely corner is the best place for Anonymous with shit social skills or who just…

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Website Content Curators — Call for Candidates

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The task of the content curators is to ensure that the website is a place where members and sympathizers can find material that is interesting and relevant. More concretely, the team's primary task is twofold, as outlined in the proposal for the team: To ensure that the website's home page gives an appropriately playful and lively impression and is regularly updated with fresh content. To start building up a repository of relevant content on various topics and issues. Obviously, the team can only…

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Castro and the Police State Left

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Castro & the Police State Left Fidel Castro has died. His enemies and his sympathizers are framing their predictable responses. I am addressing the latter. I have read many glowing eulogies from the Left in the last few days, some hagiographic, some more carefully worded, but all quite problematic in what they say, imply, and more especially, in what they do not say about ‘Fidel’ and the Cuban system. I come not to demonise nor to idolize. He was not my friend or comrade, and just…

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Fidel & trump, two men and two words.

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Two Men & Two Words.   In this winter month of dying light that waits to be reborn. Two words, that are also names, embodied and lived by two men, have appeared on our world's conscious stage 'trump' and 'Fidel', and as poor Earth, our only eden sails like the Titanic into an environmental collision, full of drowning refugees who exodus in desperate hope from the consequence of an elsewhere power's blind pretenses & profit. As we all compete in the indignity of nations, to lower our…

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Eating Our Own Dogfood

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In the software industry, “eating your own dogfood” is an expression for a practice in which the people in a company themselves use the products they make and sell. It is a good way for them to discover usability problems that you only notice when you actually use a product instead of merely testing it with some standard tests.  In movements on the revolutionary left there is a notion that the movement should prefigure the society aimed at. If that society is to be inclusive, democratic,…

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IT'S NOT AS IF...

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IT'S NOT  AS IF..."Not only has the Liberal Class given us Fascism, they’re now normalizing it."Vincent Emanuele said this. It's as if it's not the norm. I mean Sheldon Wolin wrote about this a while back as did Alex Carey. It's not  as if the Creel Committee at the start of the twentieth century was about democracy. It was about manipulation. It's not as if  the title of Alex Carey's book, Taking The Risk Out Of Democracy isn't a dead give away and that Herman and Chomsky's…

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Ken Knabb, Remarks on the Trump Election

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Interesting take on the Trump election by the indefatigable Ken Knabb of the Bureau of Public Secrets, a site focussed on making available in English all the texts of the French situationists and a lot of US poet Ken Rexroth as well. I heartily recommend Ken's own The Joy of Revolution book as well.  I particlularly like the quote from the book at the beginning: the point about the ambiguities of right-wing populism and fascism I've been trying to make as well... Out in the Open — Remarks…

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Film Nights

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One of the early blog posts I did, entitled IOPS Presents..., was about ideas that had come up during the first (and as of yet only) meeting of IOPS members from the Netherlands, now four years ago. We were brainstorming about what we could actually do concretely, and one of the ideas was to hold informational meetings on topics that are of interest to a wider group of concerned people and relevant to the IOPS mission and vision. And one of the forms that might take was that of a film night.Several…

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