Category Archives: Stuff that I don’t think is very useful

LGBMI5? More on pinkwashing and guilt by association

In the recent controversy over proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act, there’s been a lot of claims made about how each “side” of the argument should be understood. Helen Steel, one of the most well-respected and high-profile figures to … Continue reading

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They point their fingers at America: a reply on US strategy and false regionalisms

(For context: this is part of an ongoing discussion about leftist “anti-imperialist”/anti-American narratives. This is a response to an article called “False Regionalisms”, which is in turn partly a response to an earlier piece I’d written, and so on.) Introducing … Continue reading

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Cleansed of your bases and your trivial TV, we’ll be everything we used to be: a reply on anti-imperialism

Patrick Higgins, whose work I’ve examined before as a case study of a particularly distorted US-centric perspective, is now running a new series of articles intended at least in part as a response to my criticisms*. Since they are at … Continue reading

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Syria seen from the Viewpoint of imperial purity: the crushing narcissism of empire

“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they … Continue reading

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Leaflets, letters, and the anti-anti-semitism of fools

I had initially intended to avoid writing anything directly about the dramas that have erupted around the London Anarchist Bookfair – partly because I think there are more important issues, but also because I wasn’t there on the day, I … Continue reading

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Yankee theorists are always on the TV: a reply on Americans, academics and so on

The question of class and things that tend to get described as “identity politics”, whether or not that term is a useful one, seems to be one of those topics that generates never-ending, vaguely circular, discussions, often ones which generate … Continue reading

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Being mean online: a postscript

As a follow-up to last month’s thoughts on the topic, here’s another example of the way that Angela Nagle’s work seems to be like catnip for absolute arseholes: The actual review itself, while it could do with a bit of … Continue reading

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