“Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don’t want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, 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 peace makers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
– Hermann Goering at the Nuremberg Trial, 1946
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.
Bubbles stuck onto Territorial Army recruitment poster:
Adrian Cunliffe: “When duty calls adventure groans…”
Bob Child: “…but in the ruling show these irreconcilables are made to appear united…”
Roger Seymour: “…all the better to seduce the mass of obedient masochists….”
Tony Cook: “…whose self-pride forces them to put a glamorous gloss on their submission…”
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.
Protests in Israel 2020
Why should we belong to the people?
14th Russian-Turkish war?
the fall of the berlin wall…Auschwitz…and related stuff
Brussels, 26/5/19 – anti-election demo: Disturbing the Neurotic Balance
greece: the big deception (july 2015)
communisation does not move in mysterious ways (june 2015)
Minister Of Sic
To be or not to be a communisateur…?
60 days older and deeper in debt – by the TPTG
on Syriza…by the TPTG (January 2015)
we are not charlie (January 20015)
let us not mourn famous men (2014)
tony benn – another left-wing capitalist pig (reproduced 2014, mostly written in january 1985)
mandela can go to hell! (2013)
thatcher’s death (2013)
anarcho-leftism and the politics of libcom (2012)
kamikaze kapitalism (2003)
“you make plans – WE MAKE HISTORY” (2001)
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)
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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