Glaube an eine bessere Welt

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Laibach wechseln das Fach: Utopie statt Dystopie

Maciej Zurowski

‘Ein Gespenst geht um in Europa – doch um welches Gespenst handelt es sich? Das kleine Grüppchen stadtbekannter Neonazis, das am 12. März mit der schwarz-roten Fahne der Ukrainischen Aufständischen Armee ausstaffiert beim Laibach-Konzert im Londoner Village Underground einläuft, erinnert uns daran, dass im krisenzermürbten Europa auch ganz üble Gerüche wieder verstärkt in der Luft liegen. Dass es auch nach 24 Jahren Laibach noch Menschen gibt, die die theatralische Überidentifikation der slowenischen Band mit nationalistischen und totalitaristischen Signifikanten für bare Münze nehmen, ist eine Tragödie für sich. Continue reading

Animal liberation and Marxism

Published in Weekly Worker, 23 January 2014

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‘Animal liberation’ has traditionally been a non-issue for the Marxist left. To those of us dedicated to human liberation, animal rights activism appears a curious and sentimental displacement of solidarity onto beings incapable of understanding or of returning it – at best, a symptom of our alienation from fellow humans.

At times, a fixation with animal suffering seems to shade into various degrees of misanthropy. Who has not been repelled by activists willing to jeopardise the lives of lab workers by sending letter bombs to pharmaceutical companies? And who in their right mind does not run a mile upon hearing the words, ‘I prefer animals to humans’? Continue reading

Civil war of the words

I’ve got a 1994 book called ‘The War of the Words – The Political Correctness Debate’. A typical product of its time, it counterposes contributions from those sceptical of PC – such as Melanie Philips voicing early doubts about her own liberalism – against essays from right-on ‘left’ personalities, e.g. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown bemoaning that “the most dispiriting aspect of it is how many liberals have joined in [the anti-PC backlash]”. Continue reading

Smooth operators

It has been brought to my attention that the current regroupment process of the British post- Trotskyist left seems to involve prospective talks and an exchange of ideas between individual activists from the IS Network and Beyond Europe, a self-defined “anti-authoritarian platform against capitalism” consisting of two Greek groups (Antiauthoritarian Movement and Drasi), Plan C from the UK, and Ums Ganze from Germany and Austria. Continue reading

Smashing the nucleus

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Most readers will be familiar with Hitler’s infamous quote, regularly presented by anti-fascists to ‘prove’ that their frozen principle of physically smashing the fascists is correct:

Only one thing could have stopped our movement – if our adversaries had understood its principle and from the first day smashed with the utmost brutality the nucleus of our new movement“. Continue reading