JASON MOORE—Humans, and human organizations, are obviously distinct from the environments in which they evolve; they are also products of those environments. This is why I’ve underscored the concept of environment-making as central to rethinking history (Moore 2015a): we make environments and the environments make us (Lewontin and Levins 1997). The web of life is obviously larger than any one species. It operates – if that is the right word – relatively independently of humans. (Just as capitalism operates relatively independently of any firm or empire or even class.)
CAPITALIST SICKNESSCLASS ANALYSISCULTURAL SAVAGERYVIRTUALUNIV
ABOMINATIONSCULTURAL SAVAGERYFALSE DEMOCRACYFRENCH CRYPTOFASCISMINSURGENCY & COUNTERINSURGENCY
WILL MORROW—This is a formula for the criminalization and violent suppression of any expression of social opposition in the population. Within this framework, so-called “traditional demands”—i.e., against layoffs, for higher wages, improved living standards, against war and for social equality—do not represent the legitimate demands of the population. They are merely “employed” by “subversive” forces whose aim is the destruction of democracy. This is the argument of a fascist police state.
CLASS ANALYSISCORPORATE OWNED PARTIESCULTURAL SAVAGERYCULTURE & CRITICISMSEXUAL POLITICS
A blow to the #MeToo sexual witch-hunt: The ignominious collapse of the case against actor Kevin Spacey
DAVID WALSH—The Nantucket case did not by itself destroy Spacey’s extraordinary acting career, but it played its own filthy part. Fantastically, FoxBusiness news lamented Wednesday that while the case against Spacey had fallen apart, “Netflix and Hollywood producers employing the actor [had] lost millions.” We shed no tears for the spineless executives at Netflix, producer of House of Cards, who immediately threw Spacey to the wolves in November 2017. The cowards and opportunists also include director Ridley Scott and Imperative Entertainment who cut the actor out of the already completed All the Money in the World and reshot his scenes with Christopher Plummer.
ABOMINATIONSCOLONIALISMCULTURAL SAVAGERYWESTERN EXCEPTIONALISMWESTERN MEDDLING & HYPOCRISY
ANDRE VLTCHEK—Oh, North America, where predominately first but also second and other generations of Europeans hunted down local native people like animals. Where the great majority of the First Nations died horrible deaths. Where the native people, in the U.S.A. and Canada, are often forced to live, to this day, in total destitution. North America, but also Australia – the same culture, same pattern, same ‘logic’. White settler states.
AMERICAN STUDIESAMERICAN WAY OF LIFECULTURAL SAVAGERY
MoA—Epstein offered the post puberty teenyboppers he seduced and/or bribed to the rich people he knew. He invited lots of interesting people – artists, scientists, politicians, rich businessmen – to his exclusive parties. There were always these young girls around. There was always a free bedroom. There were also cameras in place. When one of the rich guys messed with a girl, Epstein would blackmail him.