Controlling the left: the impact edgenda

We’d like to say that we haven’t seen a penny of this funding – that’s probably down to us being gobby oiks with an attitude problem from the wrong part of Essex:) On a more serious note, we recognise that this piece from Winter Oak is not going to be well received in some quarters. We’re putting it up because we think a debate around the issues it raises is necessary. As ever, comradely debate is welcome, abuse and trolling is not and will be dealt with accordingly.

winter oak

 by Paul Cudenec

  1. Suffocating artifice
  2. “The power attached to the money”
  3. Who’s getting paid?
  4. A network of global funders
  5. Rose Longhurst
  6. Isis Amlak
  7. Sophie Pritchard
  8. Connecting the dots
  9. The implications
  10. The future

1. Suffocating artifice

guydebordartCROP“There remains nothing, in culture or in nature, which has not been transformed, and polluted, according to the means and interests of modern industry”, wrote Guy Debord in his superb 1988 book Commentaires sur la société du spectacle.

He warned darkly of “provocation, infiltration, and various forms of elimination of authentic critique in favour of a false one which will have been created for this purpose”.

Today this manufactured astroturf “dissent” covers practically the whole political and cultural terrain, with only tiny green shoots of authenticity able to occasionally break through the plastic carpet of suffocating artifice.

It will not, perhaps, have come as much of a surprise to clued-up anti-capitalists and anarchists…

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