Mnogostradalnaya: The Left and the Russian Revolution

November 6, 2017 Mbeljac 0

November 07 2017 marks the centennial of the putsch of Lenin and Trotsky, sometimes called the “Russian Revolution” and at other times “The Great October Socialist Revolution,” which could only end in the imposition of terror as it in fact did. I am interested in making some, brief, remarks about […]

Why Only US? On The Very Idea of a Social Construction

October 27, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Albert Einstein never won the Nobel Prize for physics on account of relativity, even though it became a well accepted part of our understanding of nature and acquired empirical support well within his lifetime. It was considered too different, too weird for so august a prize although oddly quantum mechanics, […]

Australia and North Korea: Farewell Great and Powerful Friends?

October 16, 2017 Mbeljac 0

For more than 10 years I have been writing about the North Korean nuclear crisis, arguing that it has serious potential implications for Australia. I had long argued that we are “sleepwalking” toward catastrophe, but oddly the issue barely gained traction. One reason, doubtless, was because of a generalised incredulity […]

Chomsky On The Origins of Neoliberalism

July 3, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Chomsky, when it comes to systematic anarchist writing, has always viewed himself as a “derivative fellow traveller,” and he has provided us with sketches, rather than complete works, regarding anarchism in essays, interviews and talks. Some argue that his libertarian socialism, which he argues in the video linked below (my […]

The Limitations of Libertarian Municipalism

June 15, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Murray Bookchin is one of the 20th century’s most well known anarchists. His Post Scarcity Anarchism and Social Anarchism and Lifestyle Anarchism are by now anarchist classics. Furthermore, Bookchin played a very important role in the advent and development of the ecological movement. His ideas regarding “social ecology” there too […]

Climate Insurgency to Save the Earth: Trump and the Paris Agreement

June 3, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Having participated in nonviolent civil disobedience on climate change I fear that meaningful action on global warming will require a large scale climate insurgency that has nonviolent civil disobedience at its core. Trump’s withdrawal of the US from the Paris Agreement suggests so, but there are important features to the […]

The Soviet Space Programme and Citizen Science

May 13, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Asif Siddiqi, The Red Rockets’ Glare: Spaceflight and the Soviet Imagination 1857-1957, (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010). October 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, so we’re in for a lot of coverage and discussion as the date nears especially given that we may well be on […]