Thursday, October 4, 2012

Planning to vote within the bourgeous system this year?

This is probably as good as any advice as you'll get:

Things I consider when voting within the bourgeois democracy:
1. Who do people of color, LGBT, people in poverty, immigrants, women, religious minorities, and the proletariat see as the better option for addressing their concerns and improving their status within society and the workplace. Listen to them.
2. Who is more likely to socialize means of production, whether in the event of an economic crisis or not.
3. Who is more likely to raise the class consciousness of the workers, whether in the candidate’s rhetoric, speeches, or policy.
4. Do not let political party affiliation nor ideology factor into the decision.

Black October 1993

I was a much younger person when Yeltsin's reign of counter-revolutionary terror truly began in earnest in October 1993, with, of course the usual wink and nod from then-President Clinton. The human suffering that ensued was incalculable. Those who were part of the uprising have not forgotten. Nor should we.

The uprisings occured in what Badiou might call an intervallic period that was still in its early stages (it was around this time that we were being told that "history" had "ended" and that neoliberal capitalism was inevitable). Given more recent events a couple decades hence, it appears that the rebirth of history is at hand. Interesting times, my friends. Interesting times...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"Blessed are those who struggle..."

"...oppression is worse than the grave. Better to die for a noble cause than to live and die a slave."

A few lines from the classic tune by Last Poets (from their excellent album, "Delights of the Garden", released in 1977), and a means to remind my readers that today is the anniversary of Nat Turner's birth. He was the leader of the August 21, 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia, and he shall never be forgot.

Via Fuck Yeah Marxism-Leninism.

Monday, October 1, 2012

RIP: Eric Hobsbawm

Last year, historian Eric Hobsbawn published what would turn out to be his final book, How to Change the World: Marx and Marxism 1840-2010. I had the pleasure to read it during some vacation time I took last December, and have had occasion to post the odd quote from the book, as well as to share an interview in which he discussed his views on the uprisings in the Arab world, Europe, and the US last year. Many of us from my particular age group would have been exposed to Hobsbawm's work for one reason or another, and I would highly recommend checking into his major works.

It is with sadness that we learn of his death. BLCKDGRD sez:
His Age of Tetrology (Revolution, Capital, Empire, Extremes) heavily influences my reading of the world. Here's an article from 1977. Here is a book review he wrote on the Hungarian Revolution. Here's Eagleton on Hobsbawm. Here are all Hobsbawm's pieces in NYRB.
I do have a few notes intended as a review of Hobsbawm's final book. At some point - though probably not until I have some more vacation time coming - I'd like to sit down and share a few thoughts about it.