• Books: Bury the Chains by Adam Hochschild, Endless War: Hidden Functions of the "war on terror" by David Keen, Capital Vol. 1, Tin Drum by Günter Grass, What is Islam? by Shahab Ahmed, Desiring Arabs by Joseph Massad, Spies, Soldiers and Statesmen by Hazem Kandil, La Condition Humaine by André Malraux, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Imagined Community by Benedict Anderson, Culture and Imperialism by Edward Said, The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon, The Richness of Life by Stephen Jay Gould, Children of the Alley by Naguib Mahfouz, The Mass Psychology of Fascism by Wilhelm Reich, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 1984 by George Orwell, Noli me Tangere by José Rizal, Age of Extremes by Eric Hobsbawm, ذهنية التحريم لصادق جلال العظم, Karl Marx by Francis Wheen, وليمة لأعشاب البحر لحيدر حيدر, Candide by Voltaire, النزعات المادية في الفلسفة العربية الإسلامية لحسين مروة, Listen Little Man by Wilhelm Reich ..
  • Films: Alexanderplatz by Rainer Fassbinder, Clockwork Orange, Apocalypse Now, The Battle of Algiers, films by P. P. Passolini, Persepolis, Midnight Express, 1984, Papillion, Gangs of New York, Sophie Scholl, Life of Brian, Ivan the Terrble, Battleship Potemkine ...

Sunday, June 26, 2016

 One should always keep the bigger picture in mind and not get dragged into the swamp of the mainstream discourse, repeated ad nauseum. Yes, there is the social factor resulting from the economic crisis and the failure of decades of economic policies, but geo-politics too has played a major role.

Terrorism, individual or state terrorism, financial terrorism, austerity, racism, wars, social dislocation and marginalization, imperialist reality (mainly Western 'invasions/bombings'), and imperialist nostalgia (e.g. Hilary Benn), the Brexit vote, etc... are all manifestations of a general global crisis of a system, a consensus defended by the liberals, the conservatives and the mainstream left, prolongued by the general passivity and indifference of the people, who accept the existing power structure and power relations and, occasionally, express themselves within those same frameworks of power through the voting process, believing in "democracy". So they vote for this or that criminal party again although they had seen/experienced its criminal policies at home and abroad.

Most of the time, people in general accept killing, destroying countries, plunder of public assests, the unprecendented level of inequality, the wealthy getting wealthier, the control of the big corporations on their lives, the destruction of the environment... There are also some tools which keep the general public passive or diverted: long-working hours, fear and insecurity, precarious jobs, football, floods of new commodities (consumerism), myths ("greatest nation on earth"), "extremists" (homegrown and foreign) who are against "our way of life", capitalist freedom and democracy, championing the middle class by liberals and non-liberals, mediocre TV programmes and movies, bestsellers, referendums... 
Only when their narrow and conseravtive interests are hurt, people, or a significant number of them, express their dissatifaction or rejection when the opportunity arises. 

How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote

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