Well-traveled tool shows early humans covered vast distances. Obsidian tool found in Syria’s Sifta Valley dating from 30 to 40 thousand years ago originated from a volcano in central Turkey 700 km away.
This is what emboldened white supremacists look like. Part of me felt that some of the nonsense about what is going down in New Orleans over the Confederate monuments is over-the-top. Not anymore. What happened in Charlottesville, North Carolina is pretty fucked up. As many pointed out, when black activists march with their hands up to protest being gunned down indiscriminately, they’re tear-gassed and shot. When a bunch of white nationalists show up wielding torches in direct homage to the Ku Klux Klan, cops keep anyone from getting near them. Be vigilant.
The Fascist and the Preacher: Gerald L. K. Smith and Francis Parker Yockey in Cold War–Era Los Angeles. Yockeyism has been throw around a lot through the years. I’ve read about Yockey before. It’s insane this shit has almost made it mainstream now.
The Autocrat’s Language. Masha Gessen. Trump isn’t the first to do this obviously, nor is Gessen making that argument. It’s how corporations talk though. When a company starts talking about its culture and throwing around buzzwords, you know you’re about to have the rug pulled out from under you.
The crushing idiocy of Donald Trump. I like the piece and completely agree- but… this tsunami of brutal stupidity serves an agenda that obscenely rich and powerful people support. Even the Democratic leaders are for the most part on board, only quibbling that they’re not getting their desired share of the booty and how gauche and obvious the actions look.
Kill All Normies Is About the Alt-Right But the Left Ends Up Looking Worse. I’ve been looking forward to Angela Nagle’s book, but this review makes a peculiar assertion. It plucks a single tweet with an asshole gloating at the death of Mark Fisher, to pivot to an indictment of the left. That’s a curious thing to do. Nearly every reaction I read online in reaction to the death of Mark Fisher was sincere mourning and urging everyone to read his writings. Maybe it’s just a shitty editor making a traffic grabbing headline, because the actual point made by Nagle & Kiberd in the article isn’t unfair.
Still Not an Activist. Someone on Twitter remarked that the Resistance as a bipartisan, capitalist movement is nothing anyone who desires justice and equity should want to join.
El-P’s Fantastic Damage turns 15 today—too bad you can’t find it anywhere. I didn’t have a clue. I thought it was okay at the time but was far more into Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein. A few weeks ago I threw it on after revisiting Company Flow, which I’d previously brushed off altogether. Odd.