Sabisky: a true disciple of Cummings

From the Observer, October 12, 2013: Michael Gove urged to reject 'chilling views' of his special adviser  Education secretary Michael Gove, left, with policy adviser Dominic Cummings. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images Michael Gove is under pressure to distance himself from his closest policy adviser after he wrote that most teachers were "mediocre" and claimed that a child's … Continue reading Sabisky: a true disciple of Cummings

Sabisky: Johnson stands by a racist

Above: two creatures of Cummings' The significance of the Sabisky affair is not so much the ignorance and eccentricity of this particular Cummings protege, but the fact that Johnson refused to comment. He plainly intended to follow the Trump example, and simply ignore "liberal" outrage. The charlatan-PM's spokesman repeatedly refused to say whether his boss … Continue reading Sabisky: Johnson stands by a racist

Comrade Anti-Fascists, Greens, Kurds, Leftists: check if you are on the ‘Counter- Terrorism’ list

Andrew Coates writes (at Tendance Coatesy): Greenpeace included with neo-Nazis on UK counter-terror list Guardian. Exclusive: Extinction Rebellion and Peta also named in anti-extremism briefing alongside Combat 18 and National Action. Among the groups listed with no known link to terrorist violence or known threat to national security are Stop the War, the Palestinian Solidarity … Continue reading Comrade Anti-Fascists, Greens, Kurds, Leftists: check if you are on the ‘Counter- Terrorism’ list

The politics of Jewish victimization

People gathered for a news conference discussing the man accused of stabbing five Jewish people at a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, N.Y. Picture: Yana Paskova for The New York Times By Barry Finger Orthodox Jews in the New York metropolitan area alone have been the victims of no less than a dozen attacks in the … Continue reading The politics of Jewish victimization

Labour’s election defeat: will the left learn any lessons?   

Guest post by Johnny Lewis It’s not always true that history is written by the victors: working class history is more often than not written by the Stalinists and their fellow-travellers, and it’s quite possible their view of Labour’s election disaster will come to dominate. They have already laid their stall out in the Morning … Continue reading Labour’s election defeat: will the left learn any lessons?   

CounterVortex podcast: against the global detention state

By Bill Weinberg (at CounterVortex) In Episode 45 of the CounterVortex podcast, Bill Weinberg notes with alarm the rapid consolidation of a global detention state, extending across borders and rival power blocs. In the United States, Trump moves toward indefinite detention of undocumented migrants, with horrific rights abuses widespread in the fast-expanding camp system. In … Continue reading CounterVortex podcast: against the global detention state

Populism: a dead end for the left

Above: Jean-Luc Mélenchon (left) By Eduardo Tovar In recent decades, there has been much discussion of “populism” as newly significant form of political movement. Some on the left even say we should embrace it. Admittedly, there are major conceptual difficulties when discussing “populism”. Even if we limit ourselves to examples on the ostensible left, movements … Continue reading Populism: a dead end for the left