No borders, no fatherland! France – What’s New for the Left? (book review)

June 10th, 2019

Book review: No borders, no fatherland!
France – What’s New for the Left?

(Ni patrie ni frontières, Paris 2017, 454p., no ISBN)

I first came across the journal Ni patrie ni frontières (subtitled: Ni États, ni Eglises – Ni “races”, ni ethnies – Traductions et débats) around 2003/2004 when they published a collection of texts in English by the Dutch group De Fabel van de illegaal, titled Nationalism, Anti-Semitism and the Anti-globalisation Movement (1998-2003). At a time when things were going seriously wrong in the radical Left and especially the wider “anti-globalisation” movement, the brochure was a welcome signal that there were critical voices that were sensitive to the growing overlap of far right and far left anti-imperialist positions, often manifesting themselves as “anti-Zionist”.

I started picking up copies of Ni patrie ni frontières whenever I could find them. The French journal was started in 2002 by Yves Coleman and a fair number of issues appeared in quick succession. Initially published in the form of photocopied and staple-bound A4 editions, they switched to printed softcovers in 2007 with issue 21/22.

The journal presents a wide range of historical texts and contemporary analysis of the pressing questions of the “revolutionary” Left, with views from a spectrum of radical writers and groups ranging from Left Communism to anarchism and Third Camp Trotskyism. Among the writers are Loren Goldner (Insurgent Notes), and the groups the Alliance for Worker’s Liberty, (the German) Wildcat publication, Temps critiques, Movement Communiste, the Worker-Communist Parties of Iran and Iraq, as well as anarchist and left communist classics.

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A Fascist Tulpa in the White House? Right-wing ‘Meme Magic’ and the Rise of Trump

June 3rd, 2019

A review article of ‘Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump’ by Gary Lachman, 2018

Friday 13th July 2018 – The US President is on a visit to Britain and on the streets of London one of the biggest week day demonstrations in living memory is taking place, with as many as 250,000 people marching to Trafalgar Square to oppose Donald Trump. There is a wide range of banners, portable sound systems, marching bands (including ‘Trumpets Against Trump’) and home made placards weird and wonderful. It seems that every contemporary cultural reference point is being mobilised. A group of women in red are dressed as characters from the Handmaid’s Tale with a sign declaring ‘Gilead steals our babies too’ alluding to the caging of children of migrants caught crossing the Mexican border. Trump is satirised as a baby, as the devil (a placard pictures him with the caption ‘Not today Satan’) and as an evil dementor from the Harry Potter tales with the words ‘Expecto Patronum’ – the magic charm used by Potter to raise a spirit guardian to defend against the dark forces of Voldemort. )

But supposing occult forces really are at work in the Trump aeon? That is the thesis of Gary Lachman’s ‘Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump’ (2018), which sets out to explore the ‘new incursion of far-right occultism into the contemporary political landscape’ both in the USA and in Putin’s Russia.

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Vortrag zu Revolution in Deutschland 1918-23 von Daniel Kulla

April 25th, 2019

Donnerstag, den 9.5.2019 – 19.30

Praxis Records & Books + Datacide

c/o Disconnect Store Berlin, Finowstr. 25, 10247 Berlin-Friedrichshain

Vortrag und Diskussion von und mit Daniel Kulla

Revolution in Deutschland 1918-23

Die Novemberrevolution 1918 hat es gerade so ins landläufige Geschichtsbild geschafft, zumindest unter Linken geht sie noch bis Januar 1919 weiter. Der Höhepunkt der revolutionären Bewegung im Februar und März 1919 ist hingegen unter den diversen historischen Siegererzählungen fast verschwunden, was auch die Rückschau auf die weiteren Massenstreiks, Sozialisierungen und Erhebungen bis 1923 sowie die Folgegeschichte prägt. (Nazis redeten nicht gern genauer darüber, wen sie da zusammengeschossen hatten und für wen; die SPD redete gar nicht gern darüber, auf wen sie die ersten Nazis so alles hat schießen lassen; die KPD redete nicht ganz so gern darüber, auf wen geschossen wurde, wenn es nicht ihre Leute waren oder sich zumindest als solche reklamieren ließen.)

So ist das wichtigste revolutionäre Vorbild in der deutschen Geschichte genau deshalb fast vergessen, weil es in so hohem Maß selbstorganisiert war und damit nicht in die übliche nationale wie antinationale Vorstellung vom Deutschen passt, sich weder für Vereinnahmung noch als Schreckbild anbietet. Gleichermaßen in Vergessenheit geraten sind die Konsequenzen: Sowohl der Aufstieg des Nationalsozialismus als auch sein konkretes Erscheinungsbild – mehr als bei jedem anderen Faschismus eine Verkleidung als Arbeitskräfterevolution – erscheinen ohne diese Vorgeschichte kaum begreiflich. Kulla schlägt vor, die kommenden fünf Jahre der revolutionären 100. Jahrestage ab November 2018 dazu zu nutzen, diese Geschichte so sichtbar wie möglich zu machen.

Eintritt frei.

Dimentia live at Detonal, Køpi 2016

April 16th, 2019

Finally online! The great set by Dimentia at the 2016 fundraiser for Datacide at Køpi in Berlin. 27-08-2016. Full set now on the PRAXISRECORDS mixcloud.

Other sets from the same party:

Datacide Soli-Tresen Vétomat 12-04-2019

April 11th, 2019

Datacide soli-tresen at Vétomat with book stall and drinks and special background noises.

Vétomat, Wühlischstr.42, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain 8-11pm

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