• 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 ...

Thursday, November 10, 2016

"[T]he Intruder, characteristically an asylum seeker, an illegal immigrant, or increasingly a legal immigrant, who has been added to the ranks of the category of 'criminal’ while being housed and ‘protected’ by the Incompetents, enslaved as they are to doctrines of ‘Political Correctness’. Migration is therefore a central issue here. And neoliberalism contributes to the revival of far-right politics through the global, structural changes that it has carried through over the last 40 years. In particular, it is the connection between domestic socio-economic change, as reflected in the rescaling of welfare assistance, and the compulsions toward labour market flexibility, with the accompanying sense of individualized social insecurity for workers (Theodore, 2007: 252–53). 

Neoliberalism, then, has rested upon the opening up of labour 
markets within the mature capitalist economies to competitive pressures on the social wage through both offshoring production sources in low-wage zones and though encouraging migrants to enter labour markets contributing to further downward pressure on wages and driving up the level of exploitation. At the same time, neoliberal policies through the waves of structural adjustment supervised by the IMF and World Bank (and in the European case, the European Commission) have played an important role in compounding economic insecurities and inequalities within many of these countries, thus propelling many people to migrate to the richer zones of the core capitalist countries to secure their livelihoods." 

— Neil Davidson, Neoliberalism and the Far-Right: a Contradictory Embrace,  in the journal Critical Sociology, 2016

My conclusion:

Iraq, Syria and Libya: Barbarism produced more barbarism thus we have "a clash of barbarisms".
In Britain and the U.S., the hearland of Neoliberalism, reactionary socio-economic policies have begotten reactionary resistance.

7 Theses on Trump

It was the Democrats's embrace of Neoliberalism that won for Trump

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