Category Archives: Bit more thinky

His academic rust could not burn them up: a very late reply on orthodox Markism and skipping class

Does anyone really think, for instance, that things would improve if we replaced the whole managerial and banking class with a whole new set of (‘better’) people? Surely, on the contrary, it is evident that the vices are engendered by … Continue reading

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An American vampire in London: reheating some very cold beef

In the beginning was the word, and the word was some people arguing on the internet. In 2013, someone wrote an article which made the true and valid point that, when people say unkind things (on the internet or elsewhere, … Continue reading

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Don’t wake me, I plan on sleeping in: some comments on the “woke anarchists” and related matters

The recent Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair saw some slight disruption when some people who hadn’t been able to book space turned up, gave some literature out, and then got chucked out. That minor kerfuffle thankfully doesn’t seem to have … Continue reading

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Amabsolutely afabulous: again with the gender binary

Jane Clare Jones recently published a reply to my comments on her analysis of the gender binary. A further review of the points of disagreement, to see if we can clear anything up*: One of the points I made was … Continue reading

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“No Borders” beyond a slogan: brief comments on a recent Angry Workers text

Angry Workers of the World, the West London-based collective who consistently produce some of the best contemporary analysis out of the UK at the moment, have just published a new piece reviewing a book on the Grunswick and Gate Gourmet … Continue reading

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In defence of anarchism and antifascism: a reply to the Winter Oak

In recent months, the subject of the “red-brown” alliance between some leftists and parts of the far-right, especially around their shared fondness for Assad, has attracted increasing attention. As the anti-fascist critique of this alliance has become more prominent, it … Continue reading

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Red babies, brown bathwater: a response on the “zombie plague”

In recent months, the subject of “red-brown” alliances bringing together parts of the left and the far-right, especially around shared support for Assad in Syria, has received increased attention, particularly since the publication of Radical Vagabond’s massive investigation on the … Continue reading

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