RUSSELL RICKFORD—Black is King is, of course, a Disney venture. One would hardly expect a multinational corporation to sponsor a radical critique of social relations in the Global South. (It is worth mentioning that in recent years the Disney Company has come under fire for allowing some of its merchandise to be produced in Chinese sweatshops.) Small wonder that Disney and Beyoncé, herself a stupendously rich mogul, have combined to sell western audiences a lavishly fabricated Africa—one that is entirely devoid of class conflict.
AMERICAN STUDIESBLACK AMERICABOURGEOIS VALUESCELEBS & ENTERTAINERSCLASS ANALYSISFALSE DEMOCRACYRACISM
ABOMINATIONSAMERICAN BRAINWASHAMERICAN DUPLICITYAMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISMAMERICAN PARTY DUOPOLYAMERICAN STUDIESAMERICAN WAY OF LIFEBOUGHT POLITICIANS & PHONIESBOURGEOIS LEFTBOURGEOIS VALUESCAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTS
iorella Isabel is eloquent and as usual passionate and super lucid in her dissection of the fraud represented by the duopoly and the choice of neoliberal imperialist Kamala Harris for Biden’s VP, her enthronement a heartbeat from the presidency proof of the appalling corruption and hypocrisy permeating the Democratic party and their hanger-ons across the media and other key institutions.
BOURGEOIS VALUESCAPITALISM & SOCIALISMCAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTS
STALIN—You rightly state that the old world is breaking down. But you are wrong in thinking that it is breaking down of its own accord. No, the substitution of one social system for another is a complicated and long revolutionary process. It is not simply a spontaneous process, but a struggle, it is a process connected with the clash of classes. Capitalism is decaying, but it must not be compared simply with a tree which has decayed to such an extent that it must fall to the ground of its own accord. No, revolution, the substitution of one social system for another, has always been a struggle, a painful and a cruel struggle, a life and death struggle.
AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISMAMERICAN PARTY DUOPOLYAMERICAN STUDIESBOURGEOIS FEMINISTSBOURGEOIS LEFTBOURGEOIS VALUESFEMINISM
ALEX LANTIER—#MeToo’s role exposes the interaction of petty-bourgeois identity politics with the agenda of capitalist governments. Promoting gender politics in opposition to class politics, #MeToo has relentlessly moved to the right.
Macron has reacted to 16 months of mass strikes and Yellow Vest protests against its overwhelmingly unpopular pension cuts and tax cuts for the rich by cultivating far-right police forces to assault protesters. Since Macron hailed France’s Nazi-collaborationist dictator Philippe Pétain as a “great soldier” in 2018, police have arrested over 11,000 people, wounded nearly 5,000 and killed two.
BOURGEOIS LEFTBOURGEOIS VALUESBRITISH/ EU/ NATO COMPLICITYCAPITALIST FRONTSCAPITALIST SICKNESS
TONY SUTTON—If the system is so obviously flawed, then how does capitalism continue to get away with such shameless, self-centred behaviour? That’s the question that Rosenthal confronts in the early sections of Rebel Minds, where she analyses the physical and mental torment created by ever-increasing demands of profit-hungry bosses on workers who have become numbed by mindless and meaningless, drudgery in jobs that barely pay their bills.