Author Archives: B.B.

About B.B.

I'm based in York.

Adam Curtis on self-organizing systems

What the anti-cuts movement has done without realising is adopt an idea of how to order the world without hierarchies, a machine theory that leads to a static managerialism. It may be very good for organising creative and self-expressive demonstrations, … Continue reading

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A 21st fascism would not look like 20th century fascism

From AlJazeera (full text). A 21st fascism would not look like 20th century fascism. Among other things, the ability of dominant groups to control and manipulate space and to exercise an unprecedented control over the mass media, the means of … Continue reading

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A personal problem with boycotts

A problem with this boycott is that it gets played out personally; the abstract political relations are made concrete and distort the way we relate to people who otherwise might be friends. They erase all the empathy and nuance with … Continue reading

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A call from within

The Quakers in the UK are boycotting settlement goods. Norman Finkelstein has suggested that it’s best to focus on the boycott of settlements at present, as the campaign against the Occupation has to concentrate on getting people to take action … Continue reading

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Israel hunts BDS supports

Democracy Now mentions a report from Ha’aretz that ‘Israeli military intelligence has begun collecting information about left-wing organizations abroad that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement’. So it’s worth mentioning that although I’m agonizing about whether a boycott is … Continue reading

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Who benefits from EU-Israel academic cooperation? David Cronin, The Electronic Intifada, 10 March 2011 http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11851.shtml Although I’m currently unimpressed by the content of Ali Abunimah’s objections to Chomsky, empirical evidence is relevant to assessing whether the boycott is justified, and … Continue reading

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Practical significance

http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=211524 Eini to US Jewish leaders: Don’t underestimate BDS movement By JORDANA HORN 10/03/2011 Chairman of the Histadrut labor federation says that the boycott movement against Israel is “doing a good job all over the world.” NEW YORK – Ofer … Continue reading

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