Saturday, June 13, 2009

On Canada and the Ownership of the Means of Production

An intriguing editorial in the mainstream Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail, 'The 18th Brumaire of Barack Obama', on Leo Panitch, the mirage of the Obama solution, and the current fortunes of Marxism. This line raised a smile: "Marxism has been out of favour so long, even its jargon sounds refreshing."

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Gaddafi, Anti-Colonial Performance Artist

Sticking strictly to the spectacular level, I've always had a soft spot for the Colonel's sartorial genius, his predilection for women-only teams of bodyguards, even his tent installations, clearly a wry commentary on the Serpentine Pavillion. But this might just be his best performance to date. Dressed like an improbable villain in a Leslie Neilsen comedy, he greets our national gnome wearing a large, and clearly homemade, framed picture of the anti-Italian guerrilla leader Omar al Mukhtar, the Lion of Desert. Take that, Nicolas Bourriaud.