Monday, March 6, 2017

Islam: A Conversation on Paper

"Mourad and Anderson recently published a book titled The Mosaic of Islam: A Conversation with Perry Anderson. It is a text with a grand mission: to introduce and inform non-Muslims of the history, and philosophical underpinnings and debates that make up the Islamic religion.Despite its rather small size, the book manages to succeed in its task."

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/06/islam-a-conversation-on-paper/

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Fomite Interrogations

Fomite Press, which published my novels (so far) has begun a political pamphlet series.  Here is their explanation of the project:
"Given the exigencies of the time, Fomite would like to step outside its normal literary publishing practice, and add to its offerings a series of bound pamphlets on urgent political, social, cultural, and organizing issues from a radical, anti-capitalist viewpoint."

The titles are interesting and provocative.  My contribution to the project is titled Capitalism: Is the Problem...

Here is a link with more information and ordering details:
http://www.fomitepress.com/Tracts.html

Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday, December 16, 2016

Bargaining for Salvation in the Devil’s Arena

According to the legend, Jes’ Grew comes and goes. Its peaks in the past one hundred years include the jazz age and the age of Rock and roll and Rhythm and Blues. One might argue that certain dance music of the current period might also be a hearkening of the Jes’ Grew infestation, but I think its insistence on mechanization renders its inclusion unlikely. However, Jes’ Grew will never die. And it gestates in festivals like Warren Haynes annual benefit show in Asheville, North Carolina. If it doesn’t save your soul, at least it makes you feel like living for another day.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/12/16/bargaining-for-salvation-in-the-devils-arena/

Friday, December 2, 2016

Selling Racism--A Lesson From South Africa

The movement against South African apartheid was perhaps the most universal and popular movement in the western world in the 1980s. Hundreds of thousands protested in a multitude of ways—from letter-writing campaigns to shantytown occupations of city squares and college campus greens.
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/12/02/selling-racism-a-lesson-from-pretoria/

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Flim Flam Man

It's so damn American. The settler class of white Europeans living away from the big mean city get conned by a loudmouth bullshittin' big city con man who has never made an honest buck in his life. He plays into their fears; of brown skinned foreigners, angry black people still pissed about their ancestors being enslaved, uppity women who misuse the rights they got, and big city banks and financiers who just want to take their money and their land.  Promising to keep the scared people safe, the film-flam man goes back to his rich friends, laughing to himself about how he loves the uneducated. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Greeks, the Troika, Resistance and History

As we head into 2017, the world seems to be heading towards even greater uncertainty.  The nationalist rejection of the EU in Britain, the uncertain meaning of the US election and future (at this writing) results, a seeming desire by western capitals and Russia for greater war in the Middle East, and various artificial bubbles created and maintained by the gamblers in the financial markets; all of these seem to point to more of the same for Greece with an ever growing likelihood that the next burst financial bubble will take down more than just those economies considered on the fringe of the central markets.  This uncertainty alone is reason enough to read this book. 

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/04/the-greeks-the-troika-resistance-and-history/