The CIA Reads French Theory: On the Intellectual Labor of Dismantling the Cultural Left

Gabriel Rockhill, Ph.D.v It is often presumed that intellectuals have little or no political power. Perched in a privileged ivory tower, disconnected from the real world, embroiled in meaningless academic debates over specialized minutia, or floating in the abstruse clouds of high-minded theory, intellectuals are frequently portrayed as not only cut off from political realityContinue reading “The CIA Reads French Theory: On the Intellectual Labor of Dismantling the Cultural Left”

Isaac Asimov Reviews ‘1984’

Originally published in The New York Times. REVIEW OF 1984 By Isaac Asimov I’ve been writing a four-part article for Field Newspaper Syndicate at the beginning of each year for several years now and in 1980, mindful of the approach of the year 1984, FNS asked me to write a thorough critique of George Orwell’sContinue reading “Isaac Asimov Reviews ‘1984’”

‘I’m a Russian Occupant’: Viral video justifies imperial aggression

A recently released YouTube video entitled ‘I’m a Russian Occupant’ is a deeply telling panegyric to 19th century-style white man’s burden imperialism, which goes a long way towards explaining what is wrong with the mentality of many Russians today. It’s a rare occurrence to see proponents of a worldview unironically putting out such a boldContinue reading “‘I’m a Russian Occupant’: Viral video justifies imperial aggression”

Workers’ Communist Party of France (PCOF) on the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

From the newspaper La Forge Central Organ of the Workers’ Communist Party of France The attack against Charlie Hebdo that left many dead and injured is a barbaric act. We strongly condemn it and our thoughts go to the victims, their families, and the employees of the magazine and we promise them our solidarity. It is an action withContinue reading “Workers’ Communist Party of France (PCOF) on the Charlie Hebdo Massacre”

Was Stalin’s View on Art Different from that of Marx and Engels?

This article was published by Alliance (Marxist-Leninist) as part of the publication Alliance, issue #53, “Aesthetics and Revolution – Essays and Talks.” A talk given to commemorate Bill Bland at Conway Hall, London, September 2001 Preamble This is not the occasion to dwell on Bill’s enormous contributions to the Marxist-Leninist movement in both theory andContinue reading “Was Stalin’s View on Art Different from that of Marx and Engels?”

Mark Twain on New Year’s Day

“Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast ourContinue reading “Mark Twain on New Year’s Day”

1984 CIA Propaganda Booklet on the U.S. Invasion of Grenada

From Wikipedia: “Rescued from Rape and Slavery is a 14-page comic published in 1984 by the Central Intelligence Agency but ostensibly credited to the non-existent “Victims of International Communist Emissaries.” The comic was developed by the Commercial Comic Book Company, the largest American provider of educational comics. The script is by Malcolm Ater and theContinue reading “1984 CIA Propaganda Booklet on the U.S. Invasion of Grenada”

Patrick Stewart as Lenin on the Duty of the Revolutionary

“The duty of a revolutionary is to fight those forces or personalities which impede or obstruct the process of the socialist revolution…Objectively, the enemy can be your best friend, your lover, your Party colleague, the chairman of your local branch, the editor of your Party journal. The enemy is he who impedes the course ofContinue reading “Patrick Stewart as Lenin on the Duty of the Revolutionary”

Thoughts on the George Zimmerman Verdict

“Only in America can a dead black boy go on trial for his own murder.”  ― Syreeta McFadden I am deeply saddened and enraged beyond words at the news that Zimmerman has been acquitted of all charges and has therefore gotten away with murder, or rather a lynching. I am far too upset to giveContinue reading “Thoughts on the George Zimmerman Verdict”

We Have Won! Hayat TV Is Not Being Silenced!

As a result of the meetings held with the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), the Council has withdrawn its decision to cease our broadcast. RTÜK has also stated that it will resolve the licence issue at the soonest possible date. Hayat Television has eliminated the threat of a blackout with intensive support from theContinue reading “We Have Won! Hayat TV Is Not Being Silenced!”