DAVID WALSH—As we noted in our original review, South Korea is one of the most socially unequal societies on the planet. Bong’s film spells out, in a thoughtful and logical manner, the inevitable results of such a division: the impoverished will do almost anything to emerge from their nightmarish conditions, subsisting literally in the underworld. The pampered rich, living in a cocoon, are utterly unprepared for the envy, anger and violence their dominance and arrogance provokes.
CULTURE & CRITICISM
AMERICAN BRAINWASHAMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISMCAPITALIST SICKNESSCORPORATE CRIMINALITYCORPORATE TELEVISIONCULTURE & CRITICISM
AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISMAMERICAN PARTY DUOPOLYCAPITALIST SICKNESSCULTURE & CRITICISM
TOM CARTER—One of the chief demands of the #MeToo campaign has been to undermine the Sixth Amendment, an essential safeguard, replacing it with an accuser’s unconditional “right to be believed.” If they could have their way, Weinstein’s trial would feature the testimony of the accusers one by one, preferably anonymously and free from any attempts to discredit them, followed promptly by a frog march to the scaffold.
CITIZENS COUNTER-PROPAGANDACLASS COLLABORATIONCLASS STRUGGLECULTURE & COMEDYCULTURE & CRITICISM
DIEGO S DIEZ—They aren’t talking about me, because I never heard another Latino use this phrase, but I searched it – “Latinx” is all over the place! Definition, from (why should we believe them, but why not, on such a dumb issue) the Huffington Post: “Latinx is the gender-neutral alternative to Latino, Latina and even Latin@.” This raises many problems, including what is a “Latin@“ – are Latinos supposed to digitize themselves or something? “It’s part of a “linguistic revolution” that aims to move beyond gender binaries and is inclusive of the intersecting identities of Latin American descendants. In addition to men and women from all racial backgrounds, Latinx also makes room for people who are trans, queer, agender, non-binary, gender non-conforming or gender fluid.”
ABOMINATIONSBOURGEOIS VALUESCAPITALISM & SOCIALISMCAPITALIST SICKNESSCRIMINAL RULING CLASSCULTURE & CRITICISMENVIRONMENTAL STRUGGLESSAVING THE PLANET
Australian bushfire catastrophe exposes the contempt of the ruling elites for working people (annotated version)
JAMES COGAN—On January 2, however, Morrison was brought face-to-face with the mass popular anger that is burgeoning over the inaction and indifference of his government and the entire political establishment towards the bushfire catastrophe. Working class residents in the fire-devastated town of Cobargo refused to shake his hand, shouted abuse and demanded that he leave. The encounter in Cobargo revealed the state of class relations in Australia. The fire crisis is triggering the type of shift in popular consciousness that has led to mass struggles and protests in country after country—from France and North Africa to Chile and India—demanding the removal of governments and an end to the relentless attacks on the social position of the working class. Trust in the official establishment is collapsing.
ABOMINATIONSCITIZENS COUNTER-PROPAGANDACULTURE & CRITICISMCULTURE & HISTORY
ANDRE VLTCHEK—What is exported are primitive beats and computer-generated images, falsely described as films. It is that toxic food, sold in chain eateries. It is the plastic cartoon production of soulless movies for children, as well as theme parks which are destroying the imagination and ability to dream.