Beyonce and the politics of cultural dominance

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I confess, I am a culturally alienated, old, disconnected 1960s and ‘70s radical trying to live and struggle for revolutionary change in a world that might have passed me by, because I cannot for the life of me understand how Beyonce’s commodified caricature of black opposition was in any way progressive. Instead what I saw was the cultural power of neoliberal capitalism to co-opt opposition, monetize it and provide some mindless entertainment all at the same time. I didn’t see opposition; I saw the imagery and symbols of authentic black radicalism grotesquely transformed into a de-politicized spectacle by gyrating, light-skinned … Continue reading

Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism

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I was spurred to write this mostly by observations over the last week of three people I respect very much and who are intelligent and politically minded folks outright describing Corbyn as an anti-semite (an accusation even the right-wing media have stopped short of making). There has also been a lot of commentary that Corbyn has refused to respond to these allegations, which is mostly untrue. I’d like to preface this by saying that I am not a journalist. I have researched everything in this post but there is always the possibility that I have missed something or misinterpreted something – and please do … Continue reading

The trauma of diversity

It’s about a year now since the Rotherham child abuse case broke. It was actually one of many similar cases. The media had a framework ready-made: the victims were mostly white, the abusers were mostly Asian men, liberal multiculturalism is to blame. An estimated 1,400 underage girls had been abused in this period. The tale resembles the lowest fantasies of fascists: dark-skinned men stalking and grooming pristine caucasian girls. This racist vision has long been a staple of fascist propaganda. It was a major feature of BNP campaigns for many years. It chimes with the worldview. The racialised enemy is … Continue reading