Where I Stand 03/06/2016

I have, over the last few weeks, been reading about violence in general and revolutionary violence in particular.  This is largely due to a certain focus within my PhD on Albert Camus and his book The Rebel, but also because of the reoccurrence of the strange version of political violence in South Africa that is taking place there yet again.  Perhaps the most enigmatic of this literature is … Continue reading Where I Stand 03/06/2016

Where I Stand 26/05/2016

‘I was brought up a Marxist.  Nowdays that isn’t much of a boast.’ This is how Tony Judt, one of the great liberals of the last fifty years, began his essay on Louis Althusser, which is an interesting and amusing take down of the French Marxist thinker.  I, unlike Judt, was brought up a liberal.  And certainly in South Africa it seems to have no bragging rights.  My … Continue reading Where I Stand 26/05/2016

Where I Stand 25/05/2016

I have just read the judgment against the UCT students who were involved in burning some of the University’s art collection.  Of course this act brought to mind the often quoted warning from the poet Heinrich Hiene that: ‘Where they burn books, they will also burn people.’ If this is true, then it is true because the people burning the books refuse to engage with deconstructing, … Continue reading Where I Stand 25/05/2016

Where I Stand 24/05/2016

With all of the Frantz Fanon worship going around I thought that I would finally read The Wretched of the Earth cover-to-cover – rather than just dealing with the chapters one is dished out at universities.  Having just got through that incendiary horse manure that Sartre placed at the front of it, the experience is going well, although I do not agree with his Hegelian inspired dialectical … Continue reading Where I Stand 24/05/2016

Where I Stand 23/05/2016a

In the wake of the Eugene de Kock incident of the Franschhoek Literary Festival I think an elephant has been left in the room.  Like with all of these kinds of things, and there have been a few in the last few years (The Spear, the removal of Ayanda Mabulu’s painting at the Johannesburg Art Fair, last year’s Franschhoek Literary Festival and now this year’s), … Continue reading Where I Stand 23/05/2016a