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Feb 21 9 tweets 2 min read
I said, way back at the start of this thing, that the government wouldn't manage the pandemic scientifically or medically but politically, i.e. their policy would be dictated by internal Tory politics and public opinion (or their idea of those sectors of it they care about). Not a blazingly insightful observation. But it's amazing how many people, including some ostensibly on the left, who seem to have genuinely believed that Johnson's government would actually give consideration to little details like reality or the wellbeing of the population.
Aug 11, 2021 6 tweets 1 min read
I can't stop staring into this bottomless pit of stupid. 1. The wokes 'would' cancel Nabokov even though they, um, in point of fact, haven't. The fact that they don't cancel an author for having an evil protagonist proves that they're... not subtle?
2. Twitter = universities.
3. People I don’t like don't understand good and evil.
Aug 10, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
The @BBC seem to be becoming slightly self-conscious about their habit of making 812 documentaries about Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn every year. Their latest one is studiedly about the Boleyn *family*. I bet the Henry/Anne bit will only take up 70-80% of it? I wouldn't mind so much if they were actually new documentaries inin a meaningful sense. But they are usually just obvious lazy rewrites of previous BBC Henry/Anne documentaries. Same stuff, slightly reworded, pops up again and again. It's a fucking mill.
Dec 9, 2020 13 tweets 2 min read
So I’ve just been listening to the @QanonAnonymous podcast episode on the monoliths, and in it I learn that the California monolith was taken down and smashed up by Nazis. They livestreamed it, along with themselves calling it racist names (!) and chanting “Christ is King!” as they replaced it with a cross. They also livestreamed themselves running away from somebody who gave chase, whom they took to be Antifa. (Such brave übermenschen.)
Dec 8, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
"Next came Fraud, and he had on,
Like Eldon, an ermined gown;
His big tears, for he wept well,
Turned to mill-stones as they fell.
And the little children, who
Round his feet played to and fro,
Thinking every tear a gem,
Had their brains knocked out by them" - Shelley For @MattHancock, our new Eldon.
Dec 7, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
No, no, no Owen Jones. It's not that "hard Remainers rejected soft Brexit and that's why we're getting hard Brexit". Soft Brexit was never on offer from Tories. It's that hard anti-Corbynists and their useful idiots and fellow travellers (i.e. people like Owen Jones)... ...are responsible for insisting on a change in Labour's Brexit policy and surrendering to the smear merchants, thus causing us to get a Johnson government instead of Corbyn one and a chance at a Corbyn-negotiated Brexit.
Dec 7, 2020 5 tweets 1 min read
Okay, so having alienated loads of people by dissing the Muppet Christmas Carol, let me alienate everybody else by saying... I liked this book when I read it in 1998 and I'm going to re-read it in the expectation of mostly still liking it now. Image Who knows, maybe I'll be wrong and it'll suck in 2020. Also, I'm genuinely interested in hearing the case for the prosecution so please send me links.
Dec 6, 2020 12 tweets 2 min read
'Postmodernism' is a complex phenomenon. So complex a phenomenon it is entirely doubtful whether it is a unified phenomenon at all... which, ironically enough, is an entirely postmodernism-compatible observation. In a narrow sense, I am against it. Of course I am. I'm a Marxist. As such I am, naturally, 'against' any theoretical approach to the world that isn't Marxism, in the same way that any non-Marxist is going to inevitably be 'against' Marxist.
Oct 2, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
Not enthused about the Brave New World TV series. It's a generalisation but dystopia as a literary form tends to be critique of the present whereas dystopia as television or cinema seems to inexorably drift towards apology for the present and scaremongering about changing it. This is an interesting example of form directly influencing content. A description of a world which amounts to a set of verbal propositions has a different emotional and intellectual effect, and thus a different ideological effect, because it is inherently figurative...
Oct 2, 2020 21 tweets 4 min read
One thing I've realised from spending about 3½ years studying the Right is that they have every point of the 'respectability' spectrum staked out. Their ideological domination is structurally generated by capitalism itself but also functions because it is very consciously and conscientiously networked, financed, appointed and administered. It is, ironically enough, a well planned economy.
Sep 30, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
When Trump was 'elected', I said he was undoubtedly 'fascistic' without necessarily being 'a fascist', or Trumpism being 'fascism' in the technical sense. I said this was something worth bearing in mind, as was the degree to which he represented continuity rather than rupture. I didn't say calling him a fascist was 'alarmist' but rather that categorical inexactitude would hamper the left's analysis and understanding, as would overstressing rupture at the expense of continuity or vice versa.
Sep 29, 2020 5 tweets 1 min read
My political evolution was a long, slow, painful, grinding process of finding facts to fill huge gaps my education left in my understanding of reality, and shucking off false and reactionary ideas my education had pumped into my head. So I laugh when people say education teaches pupils left-wing ideas. Education tried to make me right-wing in one way or another from day one in playschool all the way up to my graduation from university *with a fucking humanities degree*.
Sep 26, 2020 12 tweets 2 min read
Politically, capitalism needs the oscillation between the full reactionary party (which suppresses dissent and struggle, and allows unleashed capitalist self-predation) & the reformist party (which throws sops to the workers, the oppressed, and restrains capital's full voracity). This is the political equivalent to the boom and bust cycle, which resets the system, furthers concentration and centralisation of capital, partially restores the profit rate... to the extent that Trotsly called it capital's respiration.
Sep 26, 2020 5 tweets 1 min read
The puzzling over whether right-wingers are idiots, fanatics, liars. or grifters misses the point: right-wing politics is essentially about capital accumulation. So you lie, deliberately misunderstand, deliberately fail to know things... whatever it takes... to make the money. Why yes, I *am* currently researching Tim Pool. Why do you ask?
Sep 26, 2020 8 tweets 1 min read
Dialectics is how we make sense of the relationship of continuity to rupture in what is currently happening to the capitalist 'democracies'. We need to understand that it *is* a rupture so we can understand that we are watching a fascist takeover. We need to understand that it *is* continuity so that we can fight capitalism as the basis of fascism instead of seeing it as a democratic 'normal' negated by fascism.
Sep 23, 2020 9 tweets 2 min read
Was curious about the much-discussed depiction of the far-left in Rowling’s fourth Strike novel but couldn’t face reading it (not after the excruciating ordeal of trudging through the supernaturally awful third one) so I watched the TV version. First thing to say is that the killer is obvious the moment they turn up. The details of the solution are random enough to elude in particular but are guessable in general - largely because it's little more than a *very* directly ripped-off Agatha Christie plot.
Sep 23, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
By chance, everything is happening at once on my Patreon today. Today, my patrons will get access - a week in advance - to my new Shabcast with @ballardiangorse (I think you will also get access if you sponsor her, which is a great thing to do).
Sep 22, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
Told ya. Starmer's job is not to win elections. Starmer's job is to bury Corbynism. People saying "Corbyn changed the Labour party, pushed it left" are missing the point. That is precisely what Starmer is there to remedy.
Sep 22, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
I think there is a difference between patriotism and nationalism. Patriotism implies love of the country as it is, status quo and all, as an abstraction, as an ostensible national community tied to mystical essential traits and virtues... Nationalism implies wanting to further the interests of the masses in a country against enemies, which is why it *can* be radical, 'progressive', and supportable in the context of liberation movements by oppressed peoples against imperial/colonial domination.
Sep 16, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
Seeing a new hashtag... #BorisHasFailedTheNation. But Boris hasn't failed the nation. Because Boris never tried to serve the nation. Boris only ever tried to serve Boris. And capital. But I repeat myself. This might seem like smartass nitpicking. And yes, it is. But there's also a serious point here. We really need to get it through everyone's heads: the Tories aren't 'incompetent'. They're very good at what they do. It's just that what they do isn't what they say they do.
Sep 16, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
It's not just a question of being "unaware". Nearly a quarter, by this survey, think that it is (or could be) a myth or exaggeration. The deniers are winning. You might well wonder how this could possibly happen in a culture so saturated with references to the Holocaust. It's precisely because the Holocaust is not really remembered at all in capitalist media culture, but rather reduced to a processed and packaged ideological commodity.