"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"
(Leonard Cohen)
"Ignore all proffered rules and create your own, suitable for what you want to say"
(Michael Moorcock)
"Look for your own. Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most irreplaceable of beings."
(Andre Gide)
"I want my place, my own place, my true place in the world, my proper sphere, my thing which Nature intended me to perform when she fashioned me thus awry, and which I have vainly sought all my life-time."
(Nathaniel Hawthorne)
“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
(Franz Kafka)
"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated"
(John Donne)
“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
(Robert J. Hanlon)
"Life is beautiful, but the world is hell"
(Harold Pinter)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Corrupt to the Core

Bribed, dishonest and murderous

EXTRACT: Yes, for leftwingers and progressively minded people it is not exactly a shocking idea that the police are institutionally corrupt - that we are not dealing with rotten apples, but rather with the normal running of the state. However, it is an excellent development that this knowledge is becoming more widely known - so, thank you, Andrew Mitchell, Keith Wallis and ‘V53’. Every article, every report, every scandal that exposes the rotten nature of the police and the bourgeois state as a whole is to be positively welcomed - no more illusions in the force. It can never be transformed into a neutral, let alone benign, institution - it is our enemy. We look forward to a time when the juries are instinctively hostile to the police and all other agents of the bourgeois state.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Pull the other one

War aims were clearly imperialist

EXTRACT: At the outbreak of war, Britain presided over a global empire - where was the democracy in India, Africa, etc? Simple answer - there was none. Instead there was vicious repression against who anyone who dared to defy imperialist rule. Closer to home in Ireland, Britain used every brutal tactic in the book to hang onto its colony - suppressing the Easter Rising in 1916 and setting up the Black and Tans to terrorise the Irish people. It would have been news indeed to them that Britain was fighting for democracy and liberty. The simple fact is that the British ruling class went to war to defend its imperialist booty: vast swathes of land and territory which it had taken using brutal and overwhelming force (something that Winston Churchill was totally open about with regards to both world wars). On the other hand, fair’s fair, Germany wanted its own colonies. But apart from South West Africa, Tanganyika, Cameroon and a few other remote possessions, no colonies were vacant - Britain, France, Holland, etc, had it all sewn up.