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There is nothing like punching above your weight to get people to notice you or maybe even take you seriously. When Nathan Robinson’s Current Affairs published an article that stupidly slandered Slavoj Žižek, Robinson’s claim to be an advocate for socialism seemed to have been qualified by his desire to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
The crisis of the American left after the close of the Bernie 2020 campaign has led to the re-emergence of woke culture wars and identity politics as the means through which the struggle is to move forward in the midst of a bogus election contest between two factions of the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
The recent wave of Black Lives Matter protests against the police murder of George Floyd has led to a concurrent phenomenon of iconoclasm. The removal of statues and other symbols of the Confederacy or of historical figures like Christopher Columbus and Thomas Jefferson, who are associated with genocide and slavery,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Queen Gertrude responds with incredulity to the performance of an actor in a play ( within the play ), which was orchestrated by Hamlet to induce the guilt of his uncle Claudius, whom he suspects of having murdered his father. “Methinks the lady doth protest too much,”... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
William Powheda, Grayscale (2016). Angela Nagle and co-author Michael Tracey have recently published an article that seeks to explain why the Sanders campaign collapsed.1 The article is titled “first as tragedy, then as farce” as a way to distinguish the 2016 and 2020 Sanders campaigns. The title also introduces... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
In a recent Instagram livestream with Pete Buttigieg, former Democratic Party nominee Andrew Yang mentioned that he was reading Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti’s The Populist’s Guide to 2020: A New Right and New Left Are Rising.1 Yang was reading the book for the sake of a podcast. Buttigieg looks... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
Now that the Sanders movement is out of the election race the spectacle of pseudo-politics can begin in earnest. It’s seemingly what most Americans have been waiting for and perhaps wanted all along. In any case it’s what the media will be serving for the next several years. Today’s offering... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
According to the New York Times, the Democratic establishment now loves Bernie Sanders.1 The author of the article compares Sanders with Joe Biden. Whereas Biden is a lifelong Democrat, Sanders is not a Democrat. Barack Obama, who can be counted on for nothing as far as the interests of working... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
There’s revisionism and there’s revisionism. What matters to left radicalism is the place from which the revisionism comes from, for example, from a cadre of professional party radicals or from lefty graduate students. From the point of view of the communist international, almost all of twentieth-century leftism since the 1930s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
Posted Apr 4, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
It's like Fred Rogers is trying to solve the problems of the world by chanelling Kris Kringle. Like populists care what you're wearing anyway. Scooby Dooby Don't. Yes, you are the absolute monarch! You could have killed Shakespeare but you tempered politics for the sake of the arts. Tell us,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
The spirit of American capital at its peak in the twentieth century can be summed up in the famous statement: ‘What’s good for General Motors is good for America.’ In the twenty-first century, one might say, rather: ‘What’s good for Goldman Sachs is none of your fucking business.’ The spectacle... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
Two recent advertisements on the Bernie Channel allow us to perceive the difference between political ideology and banal platitudes. Like NGOs, new social movements and activist groups have stepped in to fill the ideological vacuum that has been created by the absence of a strong labour union movement and radical... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
Now is the time, once again, to take seriously Naomi Klein’s theory of the “shock doctrine.” The idea is that neoliberal market policies have risen to prominence as part of a deliberate effort to exploit crises in such a way as to push through unpopular policies that disadvantage workers and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
What do Sarah Silverman and Bill Maher have in common? On March 11, the Bernie Sanders campaign team released an ad featuring Silverman saying that Sanders is her kind of Jew because he cares more about his fellow man than about his hair or his outfit.1 Bernie is a mensch.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
After winning the popular vote in the first three primaries, Bernie Sanders, who was expected to do best on Super Tuesday, was poised to win either a majority or a plurality of delegates at the Democratic National Convention. With only one week before Super Tuesday, the Democratic establishment scrambled to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2020 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS