Space Force vs. the Moon

Courtesy CNN.com

A new essay on the emergence of the United States Space Force as the sixth branch of the US Military, the history of the space race to secure hegemony for the US and its corporate allies, and the surprisingly true story behind the Mr. Show sketch about blowing up the moon!

Available in text format the Pluto Books blog or as an audio essay for Antifada patrons (alongside an interview with Bruce K. Gagnon of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space).

Dissecting Dylan’s Conspiracy Anthem


An essay about Bob Dylan’s bizarre hit “Murder Most Foul,” the lure of conspitorial narratives, shifts in generation thinking, and Dylan’s own career.

On November 22, 1963, Dylan was scheduled to play a concert in upstate New York. He was worried his recent opener “The Times They are a-Changin’,” with its lyrics of letting the weights of the old world sink in order to create a better one, would enrage the audience. But he played it for the sake of consistency, and to his disgust, the crowd loved it. “I couldn’t understand why they were clapping,” he told his biographer Anthony Scaduto, “or why I wrote that song even.”

Hagiographies of Kennedy often portray his assassination as the end of an Arthurian America, ushering in an era of race riots, senseless war, and parapolitical intrigues that Dylan calls “the age of the Antichrist.” The allusion to Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the song’s title, however, implies that through telling the story there may be some hope of redemption, or at least vengeance.

 

Read the Rest at ProteanMag.com

I WANT TO BELIEVE available now

I Want to Believe

‘Under the grim pressures of 20th century history, and now climate change, Gittlitz shows how explosions of black political humour also contain utopian hopes very necessary to keep alive. As an advocate of Partially Automated Adequate Socialism I can only agree, and applaud this fine addition to leftist history’
– Kim Stanley Robinson

Recent press round-up:
Review by Erica X Eisen for the Baffler
Interview with David Broder for Jacobin
Youtube interview with Owen Hatherly of the Tribue for #RadicalMay
Review in Morning Star Online
Review by Morgan Jones for the Social Review
Review by Ian Parker for Socialist Resistance 
Review by Erik Davis for his Burning Shore newsletter
Interview with Means Morning News
Interview with Zer0 Books
Preview in El Pais by Manuel Roriguez Rivero [esp]
Review by Fabián Chiaramello [esp]
Review from Alejandro Agostinelli’s Factor El Blog [esp]
Review by Beatriz Garcia for El Dia News
WRadio Colombia

Podcast appearances:
Rev Left Radio (includes full reading of introduction!)
Pod Damn America with Henry Zabrowski,
Nightmare Tonight,
Psychic Dolphin Garage
Intergalactic Railroad
Death // Sentence
The Social Review Podcast
Parallax Views

Purchasing options:
Europe/US: Direct from Pluto Press, and use code POSADAS20 for 20% discount at checkout
From Queens independent bookshop Topos Books [or mail order]
From Red Emma’s in Baltimore [or mail order]
Or, buy it from a major online retailer and leave a review!

A Visit to Argentina’s Roswell

An essay about the origins of my Posadas project and the relevance of paranormal phenomenon and myth to the socialist project.

This was the second time on the trip my UFO interest had put me in an awkward spot. In Montevideo, where I was able to visit the secretary of one of the last remaining Posadist parties, I stayed at bed-and-breakfast operated by an employee of the national theater. I told him about my project, and he told me he was a believer. His brother, he said, was a victim of the luz mala. It had happened when his brother was very young, riding his horse home through the Pampas one night. The light chased him, and although he escaped, he was never the same afterwards. He tried to put the event behind him, but true to the tradition, he was cursed, and took his own life in his twenties. The surviving brother was certain that reality was not what it seemed, subscribing to what I gathered to be a David Icke-inspired theory that the elite were interdimensional demons. They were not aliens, he clarified, whom he believed to be a sympathetic element in a cosmic hierarchy with advanced conceptions of order and justice. Earth’s ruling class were instead terrestrial bloodsuckers, perhaps from some crevice of the hollow Earth, who have reduced the fate of Latin America to its finances, the future of 700 million people yoked to the strength of their currency against the dollar.

Read the rest: https://proteanmag.com/2019/10/17/the-bad-light-hunting-for-ufos-and-j-posadas-in-argentina/

Anti-Anti-Antifa

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An essay for Commune magazine about the history of antifascism, how it emerged in North America, why some leftists hate it, and where it should go next:

Antifa’s critics are correct to note that this is not the Weimar era, but they don’t offer any alternative explanations or responses to today’s developments. The street battles of 2017 had their origins in our own time. Trump’s election was part of a sequence of victories for right-populist and “illiberal” authoritarians in Britain, Russia, India, Turkey, Hungary, Italy, Colombia, and the Philippines. Militarizing borders in the face of global trade and immigration, removing all obstacles to capital in the form of unions or regulation, and attacking minority groups and women, this political wave shares enough with historical fascism that some call it “late fascism” or “post-fascism.” While there is no fully revolutionary wave to which this phenomenon responds, it has emerged in response to the Arab Spring, Occupy, Black Lives Matter and other social movements. The Trumpian emphasis on “law and order,” in particular, refers to the riots of Ferguson and Baltimore. These movements and the rightwing “illiberal” reaction to them gesture, respectively, toward revolution or dictatorship–a polarization strengthened by capitalist stagnation and ecological breakdown.

Read the rest at communemag.com

Replanting the Acorn

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A review of the recently-released documentary on the O’Keefe sting against ACORN and how the democrats played along.

The film shows how Wade Rathke, an ex-Students for a Democratic Society member, formed the Association of Community Organizations Reform Now. ACORN rose to power throughout the 70s and 80s. It’s novelty: organizing welfare recipients, forming tenants’ unions, building urban homesteads throughout the crumbling inner-cities, canvassing door-to-door in poor neighborhoods, and forming electoral blocks like the Working Families Party to hold nominally progressive politicians accountable. More recent footage included by Atlas and Pollard shows ACORN activists bussing from city to city, protesting for wage increases, getting in face-to-face confrontations with congressional staff, and marching through a bank office to protest predatory lending, its employees cowering under their desks. In one clip from a training session, an ACORN organizer reveals a hidden secret of their approach: it is always worth it to engage in a losing campaign so long as it empowers the base. The current DNC seems only capable of capitulation.

Read the rest at the Baffler

Intro to Marxist Ufology

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A brief survey of four Marxist thinkers who intervened in UFO-research and culture. Among these were J. Posadas, two ex-members of his International, and the ancient-alien theorist/Partizan Peter Kolosimo:

Wu Ming, a communist writing collective known for its historical fiction, sees Kolosimo as using pseudohistory as a tool to shake people from their belief that capitalist society is natural and transhistorical, opening minds to other possibilities for how humans can live. They regret that popular proponents of his theories today, like Graham Hancock and Erich von Däniken, are unable to recognize the political motivations behind his project: “Nothing of his radicality survives in today’s copycats… Every corner has been blunted, the heresy has become telegenic, but we know that the revolution will not be televised.”

Read the rest at The Outline