"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"
(Leonard Cohen)
"Ignore all proffered rules and create your own, suitable for what you want to say"
(Michael Moorcock)
"Look for your own. Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most irreplaceable of beings."
(Andre Gide)
"I want my place, my own place, my true place in the world, my proper sphere, my thing which Nature intended me to perform when she fashioned me thus awry, and which I have vainly sought all my life-time."
(Nathaniel Hawthorne)
“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
(Franz Kafka)
"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated"
(John Donne)
“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
(Robert J. Hanlon)
"Life is beautiful, but the world is hell"
(Harold Pinter)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

BNP's Eclectic General Election Manifesto

EXTRACT: "How should the eclectic mix of left and right populism contained in the British National Party’s general election manifesto be countered? This can only be done by the systematic and programmatic confrontation with the chauvinistic and backward ideas constantly generated by the mainstream parties, the establishment as a whole - and its media - rather than getting obsessed by the supposedly “Nazi” BNP, let alone idiotically chasing the genuinely fascist Englsh Defence League from one town to the next. Crucially, that means putting forward an alternative. Not the warmed over Labourism favoured by most of the left, but the programme of Marxism that espouses extreme democracy, internationalism and working class independence".

More Glox News!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cleggmania and the Return of the Lib-Lab Pact

EXTRACT: "Paradoxical though it may seem to some, a Labour inability to form a government in its own right - a Brown defeat, if you like - could be viewed as the ultimate confirmation, or fulfilment, of Tony Blair’s explicitly stated project to totally reconfigure ‘centre-left’ politics and heal the divisions between the anti-Tory parties. In fact, quite perversely, Blair was a Labour leader who thought that the very formation of the Labour Party was a tragic mistake. Thus he made his true feelings apparent during the 1997 Labour annual conference, when in a speech he expressed his admiration for Keynes, Beveridge and Lloyd George - commenting that “division among radicals almost 100 years ago resulted in a 20th century dominated by Conservatives” - something never to be repeated, presumably. Rather, Blair wanted “the 21st century to be the century of the radicals”. In other words, the split of the trade unions from the old Liberal Party and the establishment of a party representing the independent interests of the working class was a foolish error and one that needs to be rectified - as quickly as possible. Perhaps the Blair project can now finally begin for real."

Explained At Last

Friday, April 16, 2010

"Dunkin' Bagel" (Slim Gaillard)

Dunk it here.

The Obligation and Means to Resist Tyranny

EXTRACT: So we are surely bound to ask this
question directly to the Morning Star and Counterfire comrades - if they do genuinely find Nick Griffin’s words, to the effect that people have the right to take ups arms against a tyrannical or oppressive government, “chilling”, then it would only be logical for them to wholeheartedly condemn our organisation for putting “violence” at the “core” of its politics, seeing how the CPGB militantly affirms the “right” of our class to defend itself and use “physical force” if needs be against our enemies. Whether they be the BNP, EDL or the capitalist state. This is hardly crazy or “chilling”. No, as we have seen, the proposition that the people have the “right” to form a popular militia and take up arms against unpopular governments is a basic democratic demand. And one that was a clarion call for the American bourgeois revolution - and not many people these days would call individuals like George Washington or Thomas Jefferson ‘crazy’, or “chilling”.

I Also Agree

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Psychopolis

"In a metaphorical medieval Europe, a young collector of oddities named Danny O'Dare stumbles across a time-traveling soldier which spurs him into conflict with humanity’s selfish nature, with the help of a sarcastic female techno-geek and her facility with magic, culminating in the invocation of a spell at the last possible moment."

Thursday, April 08, 2010

What is the English Defence League and How Do We Fight It?

EXTRACT: "In other words, the English Defence League is heading on an exact opposite trajectory to that of the British Nnational Party - moving towards fascism as opposed to away from it. By contrast, the BNP under Nick Griffin - at least at this conjuncture anyway - has moved away from the Hitler-worshipping milieu that spawned such odious political pond life as John Tyndall and what eventually become the National Front. No less to the point, the EDL and BNP loath each other. EDL leader Tommy Robinson forthrightly insists the EDL has no time for "white supremacists” and there is no place in the EDL for Nazis.
"Of course, some comrades will retort, knee-jerk style: ‘Once a fascist, always a fascist’ and castigate me for being naive or even parroting BNP lies. However, for anyone not hidebound by sect dogma, this is most clearly not the case. Similarly, the reality of British capitalism’s specific historical origins does not mean that it is inherently anti-Catholic for all of time or that the British state cannot adopt multiculturalism and anti-racism as part of its official ideology. To adopt such a fixed categorisation is to be fundamentally ahistorical. No, the task of Marxists is to identify and explain discontinuity, as well as continuity".

Prehistoric Diplomacy

"Jabberwocky" (Mervyn Peake)



with eyes of flame, 

Came whiffling 

through the tulgey wood, 

And burbled as it came!"

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

I Can See Our Universe From Here

Could our universe be located within the interior of a wormhole which itself is part of a black hole that lies within a much larger universe? Such a scenario in which the universe is born from inside a wormhole (also called an Einstein-Rosen Bridge) is suggested in a paper from Indiana University theoretical physicist Nikodem Poplawski in Physics Letters B. The final version of the paper was made available online on March 29 and will be published in the journal edition April 12. READ MORE

A wormhole is a hypothetical "tunnel" connecting two different points in spacetime, and in theory, at each end of the wormhole there could be two universes. Theoretical physicist Nikodem Poplawski from Indiana University has taken things a step further by proposing that perhaps our universe could be located within the interior of a wormhole which itself is part of a black hole that lies within a much larger universe.

A hypothetical "tunnel" connecting two different points in space-time in such a way that a trip through the wormhole could take much less time than a journey between the same starting and ending points in normal space. The ends of a wormhole could, in theory, be intra-universe (i.e. both exist in the same universe) or inter-universe (exist in different universes, and thus serve as a connecting passage between the two).

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All The Rage (Feel It)