The Enlightenment bequeathed us the view we are not machines. Capitalism is a machine serving itself and which makes the self a machine. Ira contra machina!
One of the key functions of any political system in capitalist society is the containment of autonomous working class action. There are many forms this takes, an important one being when the guardians of history downplay, obscure or even eliminate the role played by the working class in history. The […]
When it comes to the gathering nuclear diplomacy with North Korea the surprises are coming thick and fast. I submit that this might be a problem. The latest instalment was the surprise summit meeting between Kim Jong-un and Xi Jinping in Beijing. We saw a special train make its way […]
The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has found the former commander of the Army of the Republic of Srpska, General Ratko Mladic, guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. I am researching other topics more in line with my vocation, and with a view to writing […]
Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia, is a very nice place to visit and to which I hope to return. There’s a tendency for Western tourists to visit so that they can see some war porn, but that’s not why one should travel to Sarajevo. To be sure evidence of the […]
Nationalistic rhetoric and recrimination in the former Yugoslavia has not been this bad since the start of the war in the early 1990s. Much like the tacit alliance between Serb and Croat nationalists at Borovo Selo back then the current recriminations are functional for the elites running the kleptocratic banana […]
Slobodan Antonic, Milosevic: Jos Nije Gotovo, (Beograd, Vukotic Media, 2015). I have quite a few books, and I am fond of those that I had purchased and received as gifts in Belgrade and Sarajevo. I hope to review them. One is a book on the former President of Serbia and […]