Fragments on a Broken System

While on all sides of the street the harlot, Capitalism, was decked in horrible array of all possible and impossible colours, there was projected from the windows of the SDF a transparency of five feet, giving the statistics of deaths in war, deaths in concentration camps, the numbers of paupers, the number of unemployed in Britain, the famine deaths in India, and the famine deaths, emigration and evictions in Ireland.

Social Democratic Federation

All that is solid melts into air…

Karl Marx

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All That Is Solid by LS O’Brien

You would be forgiven for thinking that the red thread of twentieth century politics, brought into fruition with…

An Old Review of the Spanish Master

Orwell considered the capacity to recognise and accept unpleasant facts a power, equal to intelligence or compassion. If he was right, and he certainly is, Francisco Goya’s work stands as testament to a man who elevated it to the level of a superpower. One doesn’t seek out Goya’s paintings or etchings looking for consolation. Here one finds the brutalities of war, the sadomasochism on which class and feudal relations depend, and the many ways humans embody impotence.

Goya became an expert in the last of those when, at a relatively young age, he suffered the loss of sight and hearing…

Today there is a general tendency to revive past theories of objective reason in order to give some philosophical foundation to the rapidly disintegrating hierarchy of generally accepted values. Along with pseudo-religious or half-scientific mind cures, spiritualism, astrology, cheap brands of past philosophies such as Yoga, Buddhism, or mysticism, and popular adaptations of classical objectivistic philosophies, medieval ontologies are recommended for modern use. But the transition from objective to subjective reason was not an accident, and the process of development of ideas cannot arbitrarily at any given moment be reversed. If subjective reason in the form of enlightenment has dissolved…

Thinking through a paradox

Marx says that revolutions are the locomotive of world history. But perhaps it is quite otherwise. Perhaps revolutions are an attempt by the passengers on this train – namely, the human race – to activate the emergency brake.

Walter Benjamin

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Integration into the system requires that isolated individuals be recaptured and isolated together: factories and halls of culture, tourist resorts and housing developments are expressly organised to serve this pseudo-community that follows the isolated individual right into the family cell. …

Fragments and Drawing

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Soggy Dubai — LS O’Brien

Gore Vidal referred to late modernity as “socialism for the rich and free enterprise for everyone else,” but that doesn’t quite capture the obscenity of our present. British society has all that was bad about feudalism, without any of that system’s meager benefits.

Are we captured by an intensive, undemocratic centralisation of power? Yes, yes and yes. Is political clout correlated with the amount of property one owns? Depressingly so. Have our elites initiated cynical wars with the veneer of defending something holy? No doubt.

(That is to say nothing of the City of London, a distinct feudal hangover that…

Fragmented observations, from Benjamin to Baldwin

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Angelus Novus, Paul Klee

The themes which monastic discipline assigned to friars for meditation were designed to turn them away from the world and its affairs. The thoughts which we are developing here originate from similar considerations. At a moment when the politicians in whom the opponents of Fascism had placed their hopes are prostrate and confirm their defeat by betraying their own cause, these observations are intended to disentangle the political worldlings from the snares in which the traitors have entrapped them. Our consideration proceeds from the insight that the politicians’ stubborn faith in progress, their confidence in their ‘mass basis,’ and, finally…

And the Crimes of Hillary Clinton

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I wrote the following early in 2016, predicting Trump’s victory when Sanders still had a look in. As we know the Democratic Party centrists got their way: Clinton was put up, and so Agent Orange got the White House. The message of this piece is still relevant because, as ever is so often the case, liberals haven’t been able to face our political reality.

The Democratic Establishment has chosen suicide over evolution. In their absurd bid to get the She-Clinton elected at any cost they’ve denied their base its wish, and their party a future. In throwing forth the most…

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By LS O’Brien

“They [the liberals] were no doubt right, to be confident that the world was moving toward the destruction of traditional institutions, privileges and beliefs; but the first half of the twentieth century has already made evident that their wealth, taste and intellectual liberty will dissolve in some strange barbarism that will think them good riddance.”

George Santayana, Dominations and Powers: Reflections on Liberty, Society, and Government

“You ain’t a real lion if you love the circus…”

Atmosphere, Virgo

In response to the spectacular and catastrophic failure of the global Liberal Capitalist system, Messrs. …

Snippets From What Is Fascism? and Their Morals and Ours

A cattle dealer once drove some bulls to the slaughterhouse. And the butcher came night with his sharp knife.

"Let us close ranks and jack up this executioner on our horns," suggested one of the bulls.

"If you please, in what way is the butcher any worse than the dealer who drove us hither with his cudgel?" replied the bulls, who had received their political education in Manuilsky's institute. [The Comintern.]

"But we shall be able to attend to the dealer as well afterwards!"

"Nothing doing," replied the bulls firm in their principles, to the counselor. …

Theresa May’s Brexit Plan Revealed

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Sources tell me Theresa May’s Cabinet is planning on establishing a written constitution for the first time in UK history. This dramatic move, it is hoped, will avert the collapse of the government, as they make calls for national unity.

Although other parties are expected to contribute, this development is primarily designed to forestall the collapse of the Tory party — and the Union itself — as the Brexit crisis deepens. (Regarding the UK, there will be a constitutional attempt to extend Whitehall’s control over potentially rebellious provinces.)

The government is expected to sell this project to the public as…

LS O'Brien

Pay no attention to Caesar. Caesar doesn't have the slightest idea what's really going on - Bokonon

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