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As I write this, British Tornados, Typhoons and Reapers are firing HellfireBrimstone and Paveway IVs missiles onto people in Raqqa, Mosul,  

UK military action

UK companies /

ROI & FAAM. SSDOD. What to do?

Chomsky’s article:
George Steiner response and Chomsky reply:
Raziel Abelson:
Chomsky debates Calhoun, Murray, & Dorfman:

Singer’s article:
Singer on Unger:
Kekes against Singer:
Effective Altruism:
Against Charity (Jacobin):
Kissel reconciling anti-capitalism and effective altruism:
Amia Srinivasan on McGaskill:


January Observances

What is a January?
The 12 month calendar comes from *. The name January comes from *.

Here are * observances you can celebrate in January.

1 January: New Year’s Day
4 January: World Braille Day
3rd Sunday in January: World Religion Day
16 January: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
23 January: World Freedom Day (memorial day in Taiwan and South Korea)
26 January: International Fisherman Day
26 January: International Environmental Education Day
26 January: International Customs Day
27 January: International Holocaust Remembrance Day
27 January:
28 January:
30 January:
30 January:
31 January:

2017: New Years Revolutions

Some documentary material for January 2017.

The Revolutions we’ll explore are the Haitian Revolution, Guatemalan Revolution, Irish Revolution, Glorious Revolution, French Revolution, Russian Revolution, American Revolution, Iranian Revolution, Greek Revolution, Xinhai Revolution and Chinese Revolution or Civil War, English Revolution, Nicaraguan Revolution, People Power Revolution, the Spring of Nations and the Autumn of Nations, Rojava Revolution.

Haitian Revolution

1. Greatest Black Emancipation

2. Egalite For All: Toussaint Louverture

3. Why is Haiti so Poor?

4. Crash Course World History: Haitian Revolution

5. Completing the Haitian Revolution of 1791 Pt 1 and Pt 2

Guatemalan Revolution




Notes on Lorde, Mies & Davis

I. Kingergarten in Soviet Uzbekistan: On page 29, she asks Madam Izbalkhan if there are men encouraged to take roles in the kindergartens.
On page 23-4 she highlights the difference between state revolution and personal revolutions of the mind. That the state can take an anti-racist, anti-sexist stance but this will not inevitably change the internal attitudes of individuals.

II. Employment and Racism: On page 31, she explains that while blacks in America get college degrees, they still get jobs at lower rates than whites.

III. Universal Healthcare: “We left him looking absolutely non-plussed.” On page 31, Lorde explores how people take universal provision for granted once they’ve got it. See privatisation and defunding of the NHS.

IV. Conquering the Bread Problem: starvation vs human rights, p34.

V. Poetry as Illumintion for Action: p36, feelins, to words/ideas, to action
“no new ideas still waiting in the wings to save us” just the need to follow our dreams and engage in the “heretical actions” they imply (p38), p39 no new ideas just new ways of making them be felt. of examining what those ideas feel like being lived

VI. No new ideas: just new ways of making them be felt and lived – like REBT/CBT and behavioural change, not just value/reason change.