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Richard Seymour
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On Fetish
God creates Adam and immediately—sooner than we thought—He speaks to him. This first address, according to the midrash, is a seduction:   “And the Lord God took the human and placed him in the Garden of Eden” (Gen. ‪2: 15):   He took him with beautiful word...
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Identity, love and death
I .  Identity, in the modern sense, is necrological. It is an obituary notice. It overwrites us, in lapidary fashion, with the deposit of history. Here lies the subject: sex, race, class, nation. A list of attributes. Given this, it is striking how little e...
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Racism and child sexual abuse
Operation Sanctuary has uncovered, prosecuted and convicted members of another large child sex grooming ring, this time in Newcastle. As is always the case when the majority of the perpetrators are not white, this has provoked a 'debate' about race, that va...
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Dropping like bees
I .  I'm in Iceland, watching bees feverishly court the foxgloves in the stinging cold.  They're working as though there weren't a billion tiny specks of rain drifting down on them like smoke. As though it really were summer. And I am abruptly reminded of t...
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Playing Dead
“The eternal silence of infinite space terrifies me.” – Blaise Pascal, Pensees . I . In 2014, Jo Milne heard a human syllable for the first time , and broke down into helpless sobs as though it were the first voice in the world.  The noise rang, she explain...
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The parliamentary state of mind
And we are here as on a darkling plain  Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,  Where ignorant armies clash by night. -- Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach There is a claim in Christopher Bollas’s essay on ‘The Fascist State of Mind’, that the Communis...
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On the Twelfth
As a boy, I went to most bonfire nights.  They usually began at around 11.30pm on 11th July, with crowds of people gathering round a large stack of pallets, tires, old furniture, mattresses, and anything else that would burn. All of it drenched in petrol. A...
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Kafka's Castle
"That truly Kafkaesque Castle, the modern state." -- Nicos Poulantzas. I . In ‘ The Castle ’, it is never entirely clear what is happening.  There are officials who appear to govern. No one knows what they do, exactly. The only thing that gives them any sor...
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Labour and immigration
I .  Labour's policy on immigration is as yet unclear.  Corbyn has said that, though Labour is not 'wedded' to 'free movement', he refuses to set reducing immigration as a goal, or set any targets.  The Labour manifesto committed Labour to a "fair" system o...
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You are living in a death cult.
I .  Why was there only five days between the Grenfell blaze, killing dozens of working class and racially oppressed people, and the Finsbury Park mosque attack? And what connects the two? Why should it be that after years since 2005, in which there were fe...
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