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capitalism doesn’t keep its promises….

11.12.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

… but the way it doesn’t keep them is setting social movements on track to explore new ways of integrating the aims of Old Marxism and Neomarxism, says Charlie Masquelier in his article just out in EJST Far from marking the extinction of grounds upon which the artistic critique can draw its strength and legitimacy, the ...

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more sociology from the daily mail (well – the lse actually… but nowhere as beautifully presented as here)

11.04.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

I think the commonly used phrase is “You couldn’t make it up”… Yes – the same families that were at the top of the social pecking order following 1066 are still there 2013.  This is surprising if one thinks of events like the Industrial Revolution in crudely Marxist terms as radical overturn of a ...

rampant antitsiganism

10.24.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Whatever the truth behind the Greek “blonde angel” case (which even if true would be a single case, not a collective crime by the Roma as a community… and the un-truth of the Irish blonde-angel case is now established) – the way it has been reported (and not only by the likes of the Daily ...

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did i just see this?!?

10.24.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

I have speculated about the advent hedonistic-libertarian consumerist socialism – but I didn’t expect Russell Brand to spearhead it…   well – i did see it – and read it… i think this one here’s the central statement with regards to revolutionary tactics: As John Cleese said, there is a tendency to confuse seriousness with solemnity. ...

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10.23.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

That migration is a genuinely bad thing seems to something the political Right and Left can agree. For the Right it is mainly that it is harmful to the country in which migrants settle, for the Left it is harmful for migrants themselves and also for the country from which they migrate. Both sides overlook ...

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Sufi dream cinema

10.23.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

In my previous post I was apologetic about reducing Sufi spirituality to cinematic experience –  but probably I shouldn’t feel too guilty about this given that cinema as form of creative imagination can reach quite high levels of subtlety, so that Sufi writer and critic Sadık Yalsızuçanlar not only elevates directors such as Akira Kurosawa ...

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in-between-ness, vestibules, rhizomes

10.23.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

I’ve been collecting notions of in-between-ness and liminality in relation to Sufism and commercial culture, rooted in the Platonic metax‎ý – from İbn Arabî to Georg Simmel. I have missed two important ones though –Deleuze and Guattari’ anarcho-Platonic/Heraclitean notion of the rhizome as in-between – and El Gazâlî’s notion of the dihlîz – the vestibular ...

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benjamin franklin as the ghost of capitalism past, present and future

10.13.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

No one’s face could be more appropriate on a banknote than that of Benjamin Franklin – nobody embodies the spirits that drive capitalism, the ghosts that haunt it and the imagination that transcends it as he does. To begin with, his advice on how to relentlessly convert time into money, and to reinvest that money ...

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daily mail on middle class whiteness and the purity of language

10.11.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

The Daily Mail  really should come with a subtitle “The Sociologist’s Friend” – it is a spring  of examples to be used in undergraduate teaching, e.g. on race and class. Here the Mail’s Nick Harding is deeply concerned about the spread of inner city London accents into the Shires. With her ear glued to her ...

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