Sunday, March 30, 2008

Cacophony

This is a very good post over at the Trots, by the redoubtable Rotund One. But I'll restrict myself to pointing to this bit for now:
"However, there are two other broad categories of sites that can be found. Firstly, there are those that are firmly anti-totalitarian but have little or no critique of domestic politics. They have made their peace with the establishment and the legacy of Thatcherism. However dramatic their declarations of human rights, they are Tom Paines abroad but Edmund Burkes at home. Whilst the finely tuned English ear is quick to pick up the contented cadences of the privilege of class.

As for the other, it is a, sometimes fractious, cacophony. There are humanist Marxists, left libertarians, social democrats, Old Labour diehards, those who would combine Marx with Mill, querulous liberals, and others who place human emancipation at the centre of an ecological understanding of the diversity of the natural world. It is where I feel most at home and where the more interesting, and idiosyncratic, writing is taking place.

What will emerge is unclear, but socialism, in the broadest sense of the term as an emancipatory, egalitarian social movement, is alive, well and thinking. Come and join in."

I'm not sure if my ears should be burning about those under the 'firstly' charge, but I think that Gadgie's right about the cacophony and what a productive and refreshing thing it is.

I'd also argue that anyone who believes that the proliferation of right-wing activists and bloggertarians is evidence that the blogosphere is an asset to the political right doesn't understand how interactivity adds value to anything.

And they don't have any confidence or conviction that the left has a viable ongoing project either. One wonders why such people bother turning on their computers at all?

6 comments:

Shuggy said...

Good, isn't it? Although I haven't read Andrew's book and have no intention of doing so - life's too short...

I'm not sure if my ears should be burning about those under the 'firstly' charge

No, you know who he means...

Jura Watchmaker said...

I'm not sure if my ears should be burning about those under the 'firstly' charge

Oh, I think you're on the side of the angels. But it might help (convince yourself and others) if you contributed more to the Trots.

Tim Pendry said...

Well, I am definitely Tom Paine at home and Edmund Burke abroad!

Rights begin at home and we ain't got as many as we are deluded into thinking.

Tibet, Burma and Zimbabwe are just 'circenses' for the chattering classes ...

Paulie said...

Tim,

"...circenses"?

The Plump said...

And just to clarify Paulie ... note the words 'social democrats' under the cacophony section.

Suits you better than right wing, wordy, pompous tosspots - oops sorry - I mean Edmund Burkes at home. :-)

Compass Youth Group said...

Come and join the friendly tent at Compass Youth - http://www.compassyouth.org. Have a feeling they're more Tom Paine than Eddy Burke, but I know some of their members who like to mashup Marx and Mill