Monthly Archives: March 2010

Flying? to Bolivia!

The Indymedia UK scene has been shocked today by the announcement in the Daily Mail that members of the UK Camp for Climate Action will be attending Evo Morales conference on climate change in Bolivia by plane! This has produced a rather serious period of soul searching within the climate change movement beginning with a rational, productive discussion on Indymedia UK.

Things get more and more farcical in the Green movement

Can’t help but feel that a certain amount of perspective is missing. Whilst there are aspects of the conference to be concerned about the mode of transport to get their probably doesn’t need to be so high up the agenda.

R


Classwar’s Media Campaign Rolls on…

Hot off the press…

From the recently reformed group that brought you the anti-election “Wanker” posters comes this nugget

comedy gold….

R

More Badiou links

Have been digging around a little more to try and get to grips with Badiou.

Found this great interview with him over at Infinite Thought, done just before the Communist conference at Birkbeck.  Two great excerpts which perhaps speak  for themselves.

On the Communist idea

Communism is an old name but it is the name of the historical possibility of a world which is not under the rule of private property and so on. This idea is today different from any form of concrete realisation We are at the opening of a new sequence where there is a great interest for new ideas and old words. I think for the moment, this is at the conceptual level. I don’t think that communism is something which can be an immediate political programme. Communism is not the name of a programme. It has been the name of a programme, for Lenin or Mao. But nobody today thinks we can go immediately from the idea of communism – of a society which is collective, not under the law of private property – to a political programme tomorrow. The idea is that we are instead at the beginning of a new subjective sequence of the understanding of what is politics, what is new politics. It is why it is possible to discuss the old words without any precise political community.

On the Subjective Experience of Capitalism

We can say simply that global capitalism is not a vision of the future. It’s only a sort of continuity of itself. Capitalism is only a repetition. A repetition of the same world, the same necessity with many features of the repetition, the circulation of money, the generalities of communications, and so on. So there is something in that world which is also new and always the same. And I think it’s the profound experience of all people today. There are new objects, new cars, new phones, and so on. But in fact the experience of the world is the same. Is it possible to live in that sort of world for a long time? During a short time it’s always possible, we have some objects, some merchandise, we have the market, and so on. But in the long-run there is no vision of the future. There is the feeling of pure repetition. My philosophical conviction is that people cannot accept that sort of world for a long sequence. The subjective sequence which is accepting all that – there is no other possibility, the collapse of communism, there is no other possibility. It is why today we have a curiosity, a feeling concerning other possibilities. Not only communism, but religious possibilities, nihilistic possibilities too – no future – and pure immediate existence. But new forms of politics. The world today all that, especially young people, have a new interest have a new interest in this old word.

And from this perhaps less interesting, short interview comes a delightfully sharp reponse to a rather aggressive question.

Q)Don’t you think that there is a proper compromise between the unabashed capitalism of Sarkozy and your antiquated radical line?
A)Having begun its journey four centuries ago, capitalism, even unbridled, is much older and archaic that all the radical lines that one opposes to it. Let us cease considering that liberalism, fashionable in the 1840s, embodies modernity and reform. It is Communism which is a new idea in Europe.

Amazon tells me his new book “The Communist Hypothesis” will be out this Summer. Looking forward to it.

R