The Shabogans are the invisible underclass on Gallifrey. The plebs. The nobodies. The skivvies.  They're not the posh drop-outs.  They're not the soup-making rustics.  They're the unseen guttersnipes trapped inside the Capitol. They always leave the room just before you enter it.  They're the vandals who shoot stasers at the Seal of Rassilon. And maybe, sometimes, they do more than that. Maybe they riot. Maybe they erect barricades. Maybe they throw stones. Maybe they daub things like "GALLIFREY WILL NEVER BE HAPPY UNTIL THE LAST CASTELLAN HAS BEEN HANGED WITH THE GUTS OF THE LAST CARDINAL" on the walls of the Time Toilets. Because if there is hope, it lies in the Shabogans.

I'm Jack Graham.  Gothic Marxist.  Advocate of the struggle in terms of the strange.  Shakespearean villain.  Doctor Who fan.  Less an organic intellectual than a one-man morbid symptom. 

And I did this:

 

IDSG Ep62 - Eric Weinstein, Part 2

The final (for now) part of of coverage of the IDW's Weinstein brothers.  Back to Eric, with special reference to his boss Peter Thiel and the Gawker affair, Eric's response to Becca Lewis' Alternative Influence Report, and to Eric's thoughts on BLM and the current protests. 

Warnings Apply.

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Notes/Links:

Owen Thomas, Gawker, "Peter Thiel is Totally Gay, People." https://gawker.com/335894/peter-thiel-is-totally-gay-people

Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "The Most Expensive Comment in Internet History?" https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/02/hogan-thiel-gawker-trial/554132/

Steven W. Thrasher, "Peter Thiel's Gawker War Not His First Brush With a High-Priced Vendetta." https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/jun/05/peter-thiel-gawker-lawsuits-james-okeefe-acorn

Maureen O'Connor, Gawker. "Christina Hendricks Says THese Giant Naked Boobs Aren't Hers, But Everything Else Is." https://gawker.com/5890527/christina-hendricks-says-these-giant-naked-boobs-arent-hers-but-everything-else-is

Maureen O'Connor, Gawker, "Olivia Munn's Super Dirty Alleged Naked Pics." https://gawker.com/5890506/olivia-munns-super-dirty-alleged-naked-pics-lick-my-tight-asshole-and-choke-me"

Bollea v. Gawker at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bollea_v._Gawker

Rebecca Lewis, "Alternative Influence: Broadcasting the Reactionary Right on YouTube." https://datasociety.net/library/alternative-influence/

Full PDF: https://datasociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/DS_Alternative_Influence.pdf

Eric Weinstein abuses Becca Lewis ...

IDSG Ep61 - Eric Weinstein, Part 1

We return, apologetic for the delay, with the next part of our investigation into the Weinstein brothers (no, the other ones).  This time, it's Eric - mathematician, hedgefund manager, cultural commentator, founder of the Intellectual Dark Web (or at least of the name), and persecuted/suppressed victim of conspiracies (to hear him tell it anyway).  We don't always cover Nazis.  Sometimes we have to cover people like Eric who, while not Nazis, are part of the current reactionary ecosystem.  And what a part he is.  More about Eric, particularly his connection to Peter Thiel, next week.

Content Warnings, as ever.

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Notes/Links:

Eric Weinstein website: https://ericweinstein.org/

Eric Weinstein YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/nobani88

Eric Weinstein CV: http://www.eric-weinstein.net/CV/Eric_Weinstein_CV_July_17_2003.pdf

Eric-Weinstein.net About Page: http://www.eric-weinstein.net/about.html

"During my training in pure mathematics, I became equally interested in real world problems. While much of the challenge in research mathematics revolves around the specialized tools needed to attack narrowly defined problems, as a consultant, I sometimes find ...

IDSG Ep60 - Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying

This week, Daniel and Jack discuss Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying, two alumni of the Intellectual Dark Web, their 'origin story' as 'public intellectuals' in the Evergreen College kerfuffle of 2017, and their current views on Black Lives Matter and Trans Rights as expressed in their Dark Horse podcast. Jack gets angry and giggly.

Next week, we will move on to Bret's brother Eric Weinstein.

Content Warning.

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Bari Weiss, "Meet the Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web." https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/08/opinion/intellectual-dark-web.html

Bret Weinstein homepage: https://bretweinstein.net/

Heather Heying homepage: https://heatherheying.com/

Evergreen State College at Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_State_College

Programs and Courses at Evergreen. https://www.evergreen.edu/academics/programs

Bret Weinstein Explains the Day of Absence on Joe Rogan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-st73zhZL3A

Bret Weinstein on Tucker Carlson, May 26 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j9nFced_eo

Jacqueline Littleton, "The Truth About the Evergreen Protests." https://medium.com/@princessofthefaeries666/the-truth-about-the-evergreen-protests-444c86ee6307

Noah Berlatsky, "The Real Free Speech Story at Evergreen College." https://psmag.com/education/the-real-free-speech-story-at-evergreen-college

"Another Side of the Evergreen State College Story." https://www.huffpost.com/entry/evergreen-state-college-another-side_b_598cd293e4b090964295e8fc ...

IDSG Ep59 The Heimbach Maneuvre / News Roundup

In this bumper episode, Daniel tells Jack all about the recent response to us by Matt Heimbach and Jesse Morton on their Walk on the Right Side podcast.  Also, we do a news roundup, taking in Camilla Long, Lauren Southern, Andrew Neil, Ben Shapiro, Tim Pool and Hank Hill; Tucker Carlson and his writer Blake Neff, recently revealed as a racist forum poster; the arrest of Steven Baca; and the latest scary developments in Portland as ICE/DHS start black-bagging protestors, featuring the rise to instant fame of Tazerface.  Also... the triumphant return of Cantwell News.

Content Warnings Apply.

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Notes/Links:

Cantwell's additional charges. https://www.fosters.com/news/20200714/jailed-white-nationalist-from-nh-faces-more-charges

Blake Neff exposed: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/10/media/tucker-carlson-writer-blake-neff/index.html

Tazerface16 assulted. https://twitter.com/PDXzane/status/1285037835058180097?s=20

Tazerface aka "Chris David" describes the assault: https://twitter.com/chadloder/status/1284999020188807168?s=20

Chad Loder thread on ABQ militia shooting: https://twitter.com/chadloder/status/1272715820938850304?s=20

Steven Baca arrest: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/16/albuquerque-militia-shooting-protest/

Take a Walk on the Right Side Episode 6. https://anchor.fm/take-a-walk-on-the-right-side/episodes/Episode-6-Pandemic--Protests-and-Reciprocal-Radicalization-Gone-Wild-egk0ah/a-a2m68bt ...

In the Name of the Fa

There will be a new episode of IDSG along later today.  In the meantime, here is a substantially re-edited and rewritten/updated section of something I wrote and originally published for supporters only at my Patreon.  As it happens, the subjects discussed below have a fair bit of relevance to the main topic to today's forthcoming new IDSG.

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On 31st May 2020, President Donald Trump tweeted:

“The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organisation.”

The statement is meaningless in real terms.  As has been widely remarked, ‘ANTIFA’ (even Trump’s use of all-caps is telling of where he’s getting his ‘information’) is not an organisation at all.  It is not a group of people who do things; it is a way of doing a certain thing, namely: opposing fascism.  To be specific: it is a strategy of direct action for confronting fascists, fascism, or things deemed liable to incite or encourage the growth of fascism.  It is a diffuse, rhizomatic, leaderless cloud of people; connected not by membership or hierarchy but by shared goals and tactics - and even that very broadly.  Nor, as has also been widely remarked, does Trump - or indeed ...

Creeping Fascism and the Long Depression

A Sketch.

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Fascism in Italy and Germany in the 1930 was a distal result of the Great Depression.  This vast crisis in capital accumulation and flow led not only to immense suffering among the working class but also to a devastation of the middle class.  This both stimulated the growth of a fascist mass movement (which always have their base in the middle classes) and created a political deadlock in normal democratic government.  This deadlock was so paralysing that powerful sectors of the ruling capitalist class - notably those in heavy industry, which stood to benefit directly from fascist government’s state programs and war preparation - were persuaded to relinquish the fig-leaf of democracy altogether.  Fascism is many things but it is always a desperate attempt on the part of a crisis-ridden capitalist system to overcome paralysing contradictions born of crises caused by its own economic laws of motion.  

The last big crash, commonly dated to 2008, led to what the Marxist economist Michael Roberts has called ‘the Long Depression’.  This refers to the inability of Western capitalism since 2008 to make a full recovery.  Beset by insufficient and stagating profit rates, and unmanageable build-ups of debt (fictitious capital, itself an ...

Killing in the Name Of

Fascism isn't socialism.  This isn't the sort of thing that one should have to say, but apparently it is.

Politics has content as well as form.  It is not, as fascism always tries to make it, a game of aesthetics.  No matter how superficially similar fascist and antifascists may be - and I contend that, with a very little good-faith scrutiny, they are not actually very similar at all - there is a world of difference, so much difference on every level that equivalence of any kind is a gross falsehood, a catastrophic failure of understanding.  It is the content of political action which gives it meaning, not the form.  And the content always ultimately derives from the class content, which ultimately derives from the class basis.  The class content and basis of fascism, whatever the rhetoric, is bourgeois, based on the defence of capital either directly or via the defence of those divisions and oppressions which are both generated by and bolster the rule of capital.  They don’t need to be generated by or to bolster capital to be wrong, but they are and do.  The class content and basis of antifascism, by contrast, is found in defensive reaction ...

IDSG Ep57 - The Boogaloo Discourse

Bowing to necessity, this week Daniel and Jack talk about the Boogaloo, the shortcomings of the current discussion around it, and the reality.

CONTENT WARNING

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Notes/Links:

Bundyville Podcast https://www.opb.org/news/article/bundyville-occupation-podcast/

Robert Evans; Jason Wilson: The Boogaloo Movement Is Not What You Think https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2020/05/27/the-boogaloo-movement-is-not-what-you-think/

Robert Evans guests on Qanon Anonymous, on the Boogaloo Boys https://www.iheart.com/podcast/256-qanon-anonymous-30956096/episode/episode-96-the-boogaloo-boys-feat-63994902/

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