war & politics

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“The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

– Hermann Goering at the Nuremberg Trial, 1946
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If there’s one thing that makes people turn off the telly it’s news about war and politics.
And if there’s one thing that makes people turn on the telly it’s news about war and politics.
If there’s one thing that makes them feel better it’s to compare their lives with the horrors of wars and of the politicians that make them.Here we try to look a bit below and beyond that initial contradictory and superficial reaction, born out of passivity towards this society, to look at the social relations that are making war – war being the continuation of politics and commodification by other means.
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Not all the texts here look at dominant politics, and its function in the process of commodification; some look at politics – the world of domination and submission, of manipulation and institutionalised hypocrisy, from an angle where for some it is least expected: in radical organisations.
 
 
 
 

notes on the 1999 Balkan war & the media (1999)

kosovo: the contradictions of self-determination (1999)

haringey solidarity group: a critique (1999)

dear london forum (1997)

zapatistas: behind the balaclavas of south-east mexico (1996)

gulf war 1991: The Daily Horror (1991)

mendeku: revenge in the basque country (1987)

where we stand (1987)

the welfare state isn’t now, and never was, a “genuine gain for the working class” (1985/2011)

“victory in europe” – defeat for the working class (1985/2012)

 tony benn – another left-wing capitalist pig (1985)

rest in peace: CND, Greenham Common, etc. (1983)

elections (1983)

lenin: what is to be done (1982)

for a dignified and effective demonstration (1982)

the Left in the 1980s (1982 – 2004)

the situationist international: a critique of the S.I. as an organisation (1977)

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