Berfrois

A Letter From X

A Letter From X

I write to you from the fraying edges of a dying empire. An America assailed by its own bad thoughts. We’ve given the keys of the kingdom to a bunch of hen fuckers. Even from the cold, dark, damp confines of my Appalachian bunker I catch stray signals from the rottenness.

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Radical Britain

Radical Britain

It is an extraordinary feature of British politics that two years ago there was no revolutionary party in the mainstream, and today revolution is the only item on the menu.

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Most Were With Her

Most Were With Her

Clinton lost a race that few thought possible to lose. Her opponent was not Mitt Romney or John McCain or Marco Rubio but Donald J. Trump, a demonstrably crooked businessman.

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Splendid Grime

Splendid Grime

I have been reading Jason W. Moore’s Capitalism in the Web of Life — a book which helps to theorize the rise of the Biotariat. Moore writes, “all limits to capital emerge historically, out of the relations of humans with the rest of nature.

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45 and Low

45 and Low

Do you think that after the nuclear trigger is pulled that any of the survivors will be able to honestly say that on some level they didn’t always know that it was bound to happen this way?

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‘As avowed anticapitalists, communists made for unlikely business owners’

‘As avowed anticapitalists, communists made for unlikely business owners’

It’s not entirely clear when communists first sold books in the US. But almost as soon as they split off from the Socialist Party of America to form their own parties in 1919, communists opened their own bookstores, too.

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Got Skinny Repeal?

Got Skinny Repeal?

Though the collapse of the seven-year Republican effort to kill off the Affordable Care Act came in one of the most dramatic moments in US Senate history

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Wasn’t Benjamin a tad too comfortable in his outrage?

Wasn’t Benjamin a tad too comfortable in his outrage?

“Left-wing melancholy” was once the title of a review essay that Walter Benjamin wrote in 1931 for the feuilleton section of the German newspaper Die Gesellschaft. 

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Where There’s Trump, There’s Fired

Where There’s Trump, There’s Fired

After months of talk about what it would take to get Trump impeached, analysts are calling this the “smoking gun” that could actually bring his downfall.

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‘Theresa May is a classic phony Brexiter’

‘Theresa May is a classic phony Brexiter’

As recently as late April, with the Labour Party in disarray and its leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn deemed unelectable, the polls were putting the Tories twenty points ahead and telling May that her coronation was inevitable.

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Claire Provost: A ‘spiritual war’ for the ‘traditional family.’

Claire Provost: A ‘spiritual war’ for the ‘traditional family.’

In a darkened hall at the Budapest Congress Centre, an image of the classic American TV show, The Brady Bunch, appears illuminated on a giant screen.

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Ivanka’s role is tempering a man who doesn’t work…

Ivanka’s role is tempering a man who doesn’t work…

President Trump reached out to President Duterte on the phone, requesting a visit.

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If you’re not yet radical, you haven’t been paying attention

If you’re not yet radical, you haven’t been paying attention

There seems to be a consensus that we are in a political crisis. I don’t dispute the claim, but I would suggest that this crisis predates Brexit by a long way.

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A Cold Take on Comey’s Firing

A Cold Take on Comey’s Firing

Until the American media and public stop simply lurching from one outrage to the next, with apparently no cumulative wisdom or even memory, we will continue to live in an outrageous political reality.

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