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

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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Is Chris Hedges alright?

(image credit: Matt Lubchansky) I’m worried about Chris Hedges, and he’s worried about me. Hedges has just published a frothing attack on antifascists, where he seeks to equate us with the far right. Of course, he has to distort the … Continue reading

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Being mean online: a few observations

I’ve not really had the time, energy or inspiration to write anything about Charlottesville – so often, when something big like that happens, I find I spend all my energy just trying to keep up with the situation and what’s … Continue reading

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Anarchism or vanguardism? A critique of the IRPGF and guerrilla ideology

Guerrilla ideology reduces all revolutionary questions to quantitative problems of military force. Nothing could be more disastrous. – James Carr, Bad Power does not come any more from the barrel of a gun than it comes from a ballot box. … Continue reading

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Voting, abstaining, and opposing the tories: a quick reminder

As things stand, I really can’t blame anyone for wanting to take a punt on Corbynism in the upcoming election. It’s not what I believe in; I can’t see how social democracy in one country could be workable, and I … Continue reading

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