Go to: “They Destroy, We Create: The Anti-Austerity UK Alliance” in Planet Magazine: The Welsh Internationalist
February 8, 2015 at 5:16 am (Adorno, Aesthetics, Anti-Austerity, Banks, Bataille, BBC Leaders Debates, Being and Time, Brixton, Cameron, Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament, Captivation, China, Coalition Government, Creativity, Cultural Sustainability, Death, deconstruction, Deleuze, Democratic Community, Diogenes, Diversity, Dylan Thomas, Equality, European Union, Financial Crisis, General Election 2015, Greece, Greek philosophy, Green Politics, Hung Parliament, Inclusion, Innovation, New Left, Nietzsche, Occupy Britain, Open Rights, Poetry, Scotland, Squatting, Sustainability, Thrasymachus, UK General Elections 2015, Wales, Wales and the European Union)
Tags: Greece Solidarity Campaign, Mass Demonstration in Support of Syria and the Greek People 15 February 2015, Syriza, Syriza London
‘First We Take Manhattan, Then We Take Berlin’ – Leonard Cohen
‘First We Take Athens, Then We Take Madrid’ – Syriza with Podemos
‘First We Take Athens, Then We Take London’ – Anti-Austerity UK
‘A Spectre is Haunting Europe…’ – Karl Marx
A spectre is haunting Europe, the spectre of Greek democracy.
We have been here before in Greece, of course… at least four times.
First, there is the celebrated original emergence of democracy millennia ago; second, the Greek War of Liberation from the Turks (1821-1832), immortalised by the poet Bryron; third, the attempt by Leftist partisan organisations (EAM, KKE, ELAS) to form a Provisional Government in 1946 (in the stead of the Right-Monarchist government, returned from exile, and elected in 1946 in elections which the Left had boycotted), but defeated by the intervention of the United States and the United Kingdom, thus beginning the Greek Civil War (1946-1949), which ended with thousands of deaths and Greek membership of NATO; and fourth, the re-emergence of democracy in 1974 after the fall of the US backed military junta installed in the 1967 pre-elections coup d’etat, the so-called ‘General’s Coup’, eventually replaced by the government of exiled Constantine Karamanlis, which put the monarchy up for a referendum, and with its rejection by the people, negotiated a new presidential constitution, and inaugurated the Greek Republic in 1975.
And, now, fifth, with the people’s mandate, Syriza, the Coalition of the Radical Left, has taken power in Athens – not ironically with the help or participation of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), who were re-legalised in 1974 – promising the people of Greece not only the ‘end of austerity’, privatisation, unfair strike laws, among other transformations, but also, and more fundamentally, the end to the system of oligarchy, propped up by seventy years of external intervention and centrist-conservative governance (New Democracy or PASOK).
Indeed, as we have repeatedly seen in recent modern and contemporary histories, democracy, the vote, the pebble (psḗphos) of the people does not often seem sufficient to challenge the hegemonic narrative of the victor of the war of Europe, the United States.
November 26, 2014 at 11:47 pm (Adorno, Aesthetics, Atheism, Banks, Bataille, Being and Time, Brixton, Cameron, China, Chinese, Chinese New Left, Chomsky, Christianity, Coalition Government, Creativity, Cultural Sustainability, Death, deconstruction, Deleuze, Democratic Community, Derrida, Diogenes, Dylan Thomas, Early German Romanticism, Europe, European Elections 2014, European Union, Existentialism, feminism, Finance Capitalism, Financial Crisis, Foucault, freedom, General Election 2015, Greek philosophy, Hegel, Heidegger, Heraclitus, Innovation, Islam, Judaism, Kant, Lacan, Mao Tse Tung, Marxism, negative theology, Nietzsche, Occupy Wall Street, Open Rights, philosophy, Philosophy Lectures, Poetry, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Welsh Development)
Tags: Cameron, Coalition Government, Daily Wales: News of a Sovereign Nation, Greens, Labour, Leanne Wood, Liberal Democrats, Mike Parker, Nick Clegg, Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales, SNP, The British Wasteland, The British Wasteland: A History of the Present, UKIP
October 9, 2014 at 1:58 am (Aesthetics, Death, Democratic Community, Dylan Thomas, Existentialism, freedom, philosophy, Poetry, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Welsh Development)
Tags: Democratic Community, Holderlin, philosophy, Plaid Cymru, poetry, temporality
This poem concerns, among other things, such as the ebb and flow of popular resistance, Dylan Thomas as a Welsh poet who lived a life devoted to the truth of the unique Welsh experience and its people.
the second wave
The wave floods
The flood recedes
The tide returns
seethe in anger
the poet is silenced
they will run him from his home
September 5, 2014 at 12:05 am (Aesthetics, Cameron, Coalition Government, Creativity, Cultural Sustainability, deconstruction, Democratic Community, Dylan Thomas, Europe, European Structural Funding, European Union, Green Politics, philosophy, Poetry, Sustainability, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Welsh Development)
Tags: Elin Jones, Greenprint for the Valleys, Greens, Jill Evans MEP, Leanne Wood, Menna Elfyn, Mike Parker, Plaid Cymru, The Green Agenda, The Green Party, The Party of Wales
Mewn glesni, tesni’n lasgu,
cwmysg â’r glas sy’n llathru,
Croeso rhwng dwy ynys- hen gynghanedd
ger y moroedd garw- llaw tangnefedd.
In the blue calm, sunburst of radiance
– the green light that shines with charity
the welcome of two isles – old harmony
by the rough seas – a hand of tranquility.
There is a considerable array of serious decisions that will have to be made by the people in the upcoming UK General Elections of 2015.
By people, I mean the vast multitude of individual working citizens for whose interests and representation the Parliament in Westminster was originally established.
By decision, I do not mean some arbitrary choice, or some choosing of a product in a shop, but one that involves thought and deliberation – and only then a choice.
In the context of decision-making, it is never sufficient to simply remain within a boxed mentality or echo chamber, captivated by the habit of custom which merely accepts the status quo and its erratic, though familiar, surface narrative.
One must look beyond the surface of the headlines and investigate the root causes and truths which stand behind the powers that be. It is toward the facilitation of such an investigation that the following essay is written.
July 17, 2014 at 12:54 am (Aesthetics, Atheism, Banks, Bataille, Being and Time, Brixton, Cameron, Captivation, China, Chinese, Chinese New Left, Christianity, Coalition Government, Creativity, Death, deconstruction, Democratic Communism, Democratic Community, Derrida, Diogenes, Dylan Thomas, Early German Romanticism, Europe, European Elections 2014, European Structural Funding, European Union, Existentialism, feminism, Finance Capitalism, Financial Crisis, Foucault, freedom, General Election 2015, German Romanticism, Greece, Greek philosophy, Hegel, Heidegger, Heraclitus, Husserl, Innovation, Islam, Judaism, Kant, Lacan, Marxism, negative theology, Nietzsche, Occupy Wall Street, Open Rights, philosophy, Philosophy Lectures, Poetry, Queen Elisabeth II, Racism, Sartre, Socrates, Squatting, Syria, Taoism, Thrasymachus, Time, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Wall Street, Welsh Development, Wittgenstein)
Tags: Coalition Government, Democratic Community, European Union, New Left, Philip Blonde, Red Tory
As we can barely remember the debates between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg, it appears that the odd man out has now obtained legitimacy, stature, plausibility. With our senses still awash with the anti-climactic failure of the Scots to take a bloodless independence that was so nicely gift-wrapped for them, all we can now remember is that Nick Clegg was dreadful and failed to convey the very absurdity of UKIP policy on obvious grounds. The very fact that Nick Clegg stood on the same stage as Nigel Farage was a mistake and revealed his lack of political judgment. Why were not the other two parties represented, as an all UK debate? Or, was it, perhaps, merely a job interview for the junior partner of the next Coalition?
Clegg’s follow up criticism of Farage over Ukraine was a pathetic sideshow to the illegal Western involvement in a coup d’etat, in which fascists have now formally entered into the cabinet of a soon-to-be European government for the first time since WWII. But, we all pretend that that did not happen and condemn Russia instead. Farage was ironically correct on this issue that the Coalition government has ‘blood on its hands’ over Ukraine, and UKIP has never been as strong as it is today. It is now conceivable to imagine a Coalition Government in which they would be a part, such as a Conservative-UKIP alliance.