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- “The people in these villages had been told to go to relocation camps, because this was all a free fire zone, and technically anyone there could be killed.”

- “The materials are excessively simple: 25 percent benzene, 25 percent gasoline, and 50 percent polystyrene, a plastic manufactured by…


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- “A year ago in a secluded beach villa on the outskirts of Dar-es-Salaam, a plastic charge exploded inside a French translation of a book on Marxist theory.” — David Martin, Guardian, Feb. 3, 1970

- “On December 12th, 1969, a bomb exploded in a bank in Milan’s city…


Double-cross

- “Io sono sludgista” — Carlo Rosselli

“…the intelligentsia are demoralized, confused, even a bit frightened, but I doubt they are yet ready for Sludgeism.”

- Sludge was born in the town of P. in 1904. It was his good luck not to have been born in 1900, since…


History of antifa

Anti-fascist seems like a bland title, at least in the U.S. After all, the mythology of American power was based on the largest anti-fascist operation in history, called World War II. Alas, after world war II the U.S. decided to make a sort of posthumous alliance with many many Nazis…


The Curious case of the Missing Dogs

- A photo is taken in the Bois de Boulogne, January 25, 1937. It is published in Excelsior, a Paris newspaper. Excelsior was in the avant garde of newspapers, trying to combine the photogenic style of Life with the quotidian pace of your…


Tennyson, famously, was averse to the word “scissors”. Something about the s-es. I don’t know if Tennyson had a lisp. When I was a child of six or so, I did. Scissors would be a treachery. My own aversion is for the word “craft”. How I hate to hear “craft”…


On Free Lunches

I want to cull this from page 2 of Greg Mankiw’s popular Essentials of Economics — used by hundreds of Econ 101 classes, tucked under the arms of thousands of students, who paid a hefty price for it:

You may have heard the old saying, “There ain’t…


A Prick in the Prick system: or how the justice system in America has declined in my lifetime

When O. was president, I often wrote bitterly critical things about what his administration was doing and what was happening in America. …


You have to poke out the eyes of painters like you do with songbirds, to make them sing better. — Picasso

The Beaubourg advertises its current exposition of cubist artworks as the most comprehensive show of its kind in Paris since 1953. How time flies. Well, I had to see…


This spring, the rightwing French journal, Commentaire, published a story about the philosopher, Alexandre Kojève, by Raymond Nart, a former officer with the DST, French Counter-intelligence. Commentaire, in the past, had published articles in praise of Kojève and even articles by Kojève. Kojève, after WWII, declared himself a “Sunday philosopher”…

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