Thursday, November 20, 2008

Martin times two times two

I don't link to either Martin often enough. Two of the most thoughtful and perceptive bloggers on my blogroll. Here's two from each of them.

Martin Meenagh:

1. Just two questions: On the disparity between the capitalist mainstream's response to the banking and auto industries

2. Sarah Palin should Keep On Trucking: A lovely appreciation of Sarah Palin, that I particularly recommend to Jogo. I liked these bits:
    "I do get annoyed with those in desperate search of the righteousness that sometimes is invested in religion, and who follow the bourgeois tribes that own and operate this country whilst pretending to radicalism. You probably have an idea of the kit and caboose they drive; global warming-without-the-science, yearning for anti-apartheid, Israeli boycott, bombing people for out-of-proportion rights-based ideologies, that sort of thing. I'm afraid that I could never hitch a lift on that...

    [Palin] also tended to expose something that is never really acknowledged in the USA, which is the reality of class, and of class attitudes. Palin's demographic was a group who generally are asked to fight America's wars and then patronised or socially regulated by people who often have lower personal morals than them but who have more money, albeit on credit.

    Any whiff of association with things trailed as working class--guns, patriotism, churches, McDonalds, and so on--and those educated at the mills of conformity and licensees of acceptable radicalism that great western universities are will get snide quickly."

    Martin also links to Camille Paglia, a fantastic essay that Jogo also sent me, which I'd strongly recommend, even though I don't agree with all of it.
Martin in the Margins:

1. Lazy anti-Americanism in charity's reaction to Obama win: including a great footnote about the idea of a "Muslim country".

2. The limits of blowback theory: on the white "backlash" against Obama, concluding:
"To be consistent, the Guardian's comment pages will need to cover this story in the following manner. Madeleine Bunting will have to write a hand-wringing explanation of how the attacks are an inevitable reaction to the 'provocation' of Obama's election, while urging us to understand the hurt feelings of a minority that has experienced systematic discrimination against its white supremacist beliefs. Jonathan Steele will surely need to remind us that these incidents have nothing to do with a supposed racist 'ideology', but instead have their root cause in the complex interplay of disadvantage and prejudice suffered by white people. And Seamus Milne will conclude that we shouldn't blame the perpetrators of the attacks but rather the American people, for having dared to elect a black president: in other words, as always, America is to blame."

5 comments:

Martin Meenagh said...

Very many thanks Bob. Not as a payback, but I think that yours is one of the best blogs around and tell people so. Hope all is well

Martin said...

And it's thank you from me, too. Bob - yours is one of the first blogs I look at every day - and not just because it comes early in my alphabetical list. It's thanks to you that I found my way to the other Martin, whose blog I will certainly be adding to my blogroll.

Renegade Eye said...

I don't think it's unusual, that a rightist populist, mentions populism. Class mixed with chauvinism and unpredictability, is what populism is about. With all of her talk about class, she was content to wear a $150,000 outfit.

In this period, letting the auto industry die, would lead to unimaginable consequences. The industry will get $$, with the idea of postponing its demise. It must change to specialty cars.

Mark H. Besotted said...

Hello, Bob.

I have nothing to add to your political discussion, but I just now discovered your link to me in your blogroll, for which I'm grateful, and I appear to be in good company too. I see that you've listed Gil Scott-Heron and Curtis Mayfield as some of your favorite musicians, so you'll definitely want to see what I posted this morning.

http://shellgrowback.blogspot.com/2008/11/multiple-mondays-be-thankful-for-what.html

Take care,
Mark

bob said...

Glad you visited Mark - I love your blog. I have to confess I thought "Be Thankful" was a Massive Attacks song. and that the Yo La Tengo version was a cover of them. I'm rather embarassed.

If you are interested, my music posts are all here: BobFromBrockley: Bob's beats.