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Sunday Papers #8: August 22nd

* Right wing and anti-muslim populist Geert Vilders  is planning to take part in protests at Ground Zero, NYC, over plans to build a mosque nearby. Geert Vilders Freedom party won 31% of the vote in the recent elections and is likely to herald harsh changes in migration policy. These plans have become a magnet for anti-muslim sentiment in the USA, with apparently one in five Americans believing President Obama is a Muslim himself!

* Not content with attempting to clear Calais of those without papers, the French government is now trying to deport all members of the Roma community without papers. The swing to the right in European politics in particular is becoming clearer and clearer.

*  Hamas slams the UN for attempting to teach about the Holocaust. A Hamas spokesperson discussing his opposotion,  “We refuse to let our children study a lie invented by the Zionists”. Wow, and this is the (hideously authoritarian, sexist and islamist) movement which garners so much support, or lack of criticism, from parts of the anti-Imperial left. Shameful.

* Just found out that the Endnotes collective have published another issue of their infrequent journal, no.2 looks set to be a tasty read with articles on value form marxism and its relatiosnhip to communisation. Here is an article they wrote during the start of the crisis to whet your appetite.

* Critical article from the Platypus Affiliated Society. This is part of a series discussing “the decline of the Left”. Haven’t read the others but enjoyed this one, even if trying to link the Iranian revolution, Collapse of the USSR and the rise of alter-global “activist-ism” might be trickier than the author admits. However he is right in criticising all these things and in suggesting a new, relevant exit strategy from Capitalism can only be begun to be discussed after we have dissected what has come before.

* And finally, another Michael Heinrich piece. Pretty heavy going but explores Marx’s understanding of money. Ends with a critique of a foreshortened analysis of capital which fetishes financial capital as  the unnatural or predatory aspect of capital. This was apparent at the start of the crisis with lots of discussion of how it was a crisis of fictitious capital which would not affect the material, tangible economy which was seen to operate in semi-isolation..