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Jack Graham

Jack Graham writes and podcasts about culture and politics from a Gothic Marxist-Humanist perspective. He co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper. Support Jack on Patreon.


  1. Travis W McGuire
    January 12, 2017 @ 11:51 am

    That last line … I don’t know if I want to start a revolution or just break down and sob.


    • Jack Graham
      January 12, 2017 @ 12:41 pm

      You read to the end? Not sure even I did that.


  2. Martin Porter
    January 12, 2017 @ 6:09 pm

    It’s a difficult question for the rest of the world too.

    Do we regard America as a fundamentally decent country, that has inexplicably (to us) elected someone with a major personality disorder to high office, or do we say right, here is the USA revealed for what it really is; a nasty, racist, selfish joke?

    Assuming the US will reset to some sort of benign normaility in 2020 seems a touch optimistic.


  3. AndyRobot
    January 12, 2017 @ 7:18 pm

    Cold War-era Russophobia or not, it’s still important to point out that a cadre of intelligence agencies believe that Putin tried to influence the election, and that Trump has some kind of unhealthy relationship with Russia. Certainly, Trump’s cabinet choices (Tillerson, etc.) would suggest that, although whether or not the specifics of the incident (the, er, watersports) are true is up for speculation. Point is, whatever else may be true about Trump essentially being the Frankenstein monster neo-liberalism/late capitalism created, the Russia thing ain’t just a conspiracy theory.

    That being said… yeah, you’re right that placing blind trust in the CIA isn’t a good idea.


    • Deez
      January 13, 2017 @ 8:43 pm

      I’m honestly curious– with the Saudi prince publicly stating that he had funded 20% of Clinton’s Presidential campaign, and with all of the foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation– why foreign influences on the election are only now being fretted over. Trump MAY have been influenced by Russia. She was DEFINITELY influenced by Saudi Arabia. And frankly the Saudis make the Ruskies look like progressives.


      • Elizabeth Sandifer
        January 13, 2017 @ 8:56 pm

        Given that that was fake news, I’m forced to conclude that you’re a tiresome troll who should fuck off to a site that gives a shit.


    • Martin Porter
      January 13, 2017 @ 9:39 pm

      The idea that the Soviet Union and the USA would somehow unite and dominate the world was a sci-fi standard during the Cold War. Philip K Dick did a series of novels based on the idea, at about the time he was finally losing his grip on reality completely.

      Then the premise was that the US President was a secret communist, ‘cos that was what they were worried about then. Now it seems the opposite has happened. Russia is ruled by the same type of gangster capitalists that took over the Repubican Party years ago.


  4. Anthony D Herrera
    January 13, 2017 @ 1:27 am

    I thought this was great and in it’s own way gave me some hope. I think it’s because it was covered in shit and piss and so obviously hopeless I just sort of trusted it more than I would trust something that just had a shower and a big smile on it’s face.

    Anyway, as is my custom, I’m linking this blog post by film maker Alex Cox because it covers some of the same issues and it came out the same day.



  5. Martin Porter
    January 13, 2017 @ 9:49 pm

    How bad can it get? Well,imagine the 1930s, but without the Second World War (from my blog):

    “When Hitler came to power in 1933 his first target is organised labour. When Dachau opens the first people to be enslaved there are 5000 communists and social democrats. Between 1933 and 1946 3.5 million Germans are interned for political reasons and 77,000 judicially executed.

    The Left lost a civil war in Austria in 1934, resulting in the Social Democratic Party being outlawed, whilst between 1936 and 1939 Franco kills 350,000 anarchists, communists and republicans during the Spanish Civil War, and more in the repression that follows.

    In Greece the dictator Metaxas bans all political parties (including his own, which was a somewhat unique move), arrests the communists and embarked on a war on Greek culture which sees even Plato put on a list of banned authors.There are other crackdowns in Poland, Hungary and the Baltic states.

    In Russia the gulags have even more inmates than the German concentration camps, and a similarly terrifying death rate. For good measure the NKVD sends a team over to Mexico to put an ice axe through Trotsky’s head.

    What Orwell called “the flower of the European working class” is dying. Had Hitler stuck to exterminating his own people, and not had a go at the Poles as well, it may well have died completely.”


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