If your Grandad was a Marxist, he’d be David Harvey. Gather round, children, gather round… now, let me tell you a story… there is a spectre haunting Europe, and.. can anybody tell me what it is?
Excited to see latest developments in the Indieweb, particular the progress on indieweb readers.
Four Horsemen is an award winning independent feature documentary made by the Renegade Inc. team which lifts the lid on how the world really works.
As we will never return to ‘business as usual’ 23 international thinkers, government advisors and Wall Street money-men break their silence and expl…
Watched the Four Horsemen documentary. It’s a bit heavy-handed, maybe a bit disjointed, but an interesting selection of interviews and a decent broad brush at the damage neoliberalism is causing. It felt like there was a lot radical rhetoric, not so much in the way of concrete praxis, but I guess it probably works best as an eye-opener film. The presence of Joseph Stiglitz would suggest it’s a more reformist than revolutionary message. But then Noam Chomsky was in there too. Female voices were somewhat underrepresented. I didn’t particular like the small segment of ‘we just need a different type of capitalism’. And sometimes it felt like a focus on the individual more than society as the vector of change. But if it causes some people to question the current sociopolitical system, then all power to it.
Watched The Century of the Self – Part 3: “There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads; He Must Be Destroyed.”
Watching Century of the Self, first time I have heard of the Kent State shootings. Astonishing – the US state firing on an unarmed student protest. According to the documentary, it had a suffocating effect on the protest movement.
Watched The Century of the Self – Part 2: “The Engineering of Consent”
Edward Bernays, United Fruit and the CIA in Guatamala – using propaganda to fuel a coup of a democratic socialist leader on behalf of a corporation. Pretty warped stuff.
Watched The Century of the Self – Part 1: “Happiness Machines”
Moving from a need-oriented to a desire-oriented consumerist society. Thanks a lot, Edward Bernays.
A very eloquent monologue on utopias and environmentalism by China Mieville. They are necessary but not sufficient, Rorschach images to help us prefigure how we might want things to be. He also warns against the real and potential perils of utopian eco-fascism.
The City & The City: A+++ would recommend. Episode 3 was a corker.
A really nice talk from Tantek Çelik on what the indieweb is, and why it’s important.