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On 8/5/18 9:45 AM, Ron Jacobs via Marxism wrote:


I should try to find time to read "The Global Imagination of 1968: Revolution and Counterrevolution" by George Katsiaficas that Ron has reviewed.

He is a very sharp thinker. When I was writing a series of posts on the black bloc, I relied heavily on his "The Subversion of Politics: European Autonomous Social Movements and the Decolonization of Everyday Life", especially for observations like this:

The black leather jackets worn by many people at demonstrations and the black flags carried by worn by many people at demonstrations and the black flags carried by others signalled less an ideological anarchism than a style of dress and behavior — symbols of a way of life which made contempt for the established institutions and their U.S. “protectors” into a virtue on an equal footing with disdain for the “socialist” governments in Eastern Europe. Black became the color of the political void — of the withdrawal of allegiance to parties, governments and nations.
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