20 January 2021 Reality check by Dimitri Konstantakopoulos

The operetta-like events of 6 January 2021 may probably be considered in the future as the birthday of a classic Neo-Fascist movement. But behind them we can easily discern the shadow of the enormous, emerging threat of a new branch of Totalitarianism based on the explosive progress of information and other technologies, which is no less of a threat to human civilization than classical Fascism. (20 January 2021 by Dimitri Konstantakopoulos from ‘Trump lost: long live Trumpism!’). 

We don’t know what will be the future of Trump himself. But he laid the foundations for both the creation of a mass Far Right movement and for a permanent adoption of some of the extremist Far Right ideas by the Republican Party, 

In fact, it is the unprecedented collapse of the credibility of the main institutions of capitalist countries (state institutions, political parties, mainstream media, scientists, banks, corporations) that are preparing the ground, in the absence of credible progressive interpretations and proposals, for the development of Far-Right paranoia … 

 On 20 February 1933, the representatives of the German industries and banks (to a large extent the same ones still dominating the European economy), met the leadership of the Nazi party in the Reichstag. They endorsed Hitler’s plans and provided him with generous financial support. They did that in order to avoid the disaster for them of a Socialist or Communist Revolution and to be able to prepare their imperialist campaign to the East (Drang nach Osten) deemed necessary to find a way out of the deep crisis of German capitalism. 

We believe that Trump (represented) a modern equivalent of classic totalitarian movements, like Nazism and Fascism, in the sense that it is trying to imitate the traditional historical function of Nazis and Fascists, that is to use the deep dissatisfaction with and anger at the ruling elites of the popular and the middle classes, in order to put them finally at the service of Big Capital and Imperialism.  Trump’s real programme is essentially “Dictatorship in America, War against everybody else” (including civilisation and nature).
Dimitri Konstantakopoulos

19 January 2021 … 20th

 More radiantly raising his hands to his star,

 The white stranger;
 Silently something dead abandons the ruined house.

 Oh, the decomposed figure of humankind: joined of cold metals,
 Night and terror of sunken forests,
 And the singeing savagery of the animal;
 Doldrums of the Soul.

 -- from Georg Trakl, "Septet of Death", on p. 295 
Georg Trakl 1887 – 1914

Age of Communication? Don’t you believe it folks …

Just try trying to contact an actor or an actor’s agent or someone who might know an actor’s agent or someone who knows someone who knows an actor’s agent !!!!! I know all about the freedom of information act but surely is a simple database of agents all that hard to organize? As for those sites that try and get you to pay pounds and pounds to get on a list that may find the actor or agent in question …. bah humbug!

I call this ‘One day maybe’ … I found that number or Email …
… I won’t. Byth o gwbl!

As if in Flames …

"[The Godhead] is not divine nature or substance, but the devouring ferocity of purity that a person is able to approach only with an equal purity. Since all Being goes up in it as if in flames, it is necessarily unapproachable to anyone still embroiled in Being." (The Ages of the World, c. 1815) FWJ Schelling  1775 -1854

Osip Mandelstam b. 15 January 1891

Had our enemies captured me
And had people stopped speaking to me;
Had I been deprived of everything in the world—
The right to breathe, and to open doors,
And to assert that “being” means “shall be,”
And that the people, like the judge, judges;
Were I to be kept like a beast,
My food thrown on the floor,—
I wouldn’t be silent, I wouldn’t suppress the pain,
But I shall draw pictures I wish to draw,
And rocking the bell of the naked walls,
And having awakened the corner of the enemy darkness,
I shall harness my voice to ten bullocks,
And cleave the dark with my hand like a plough,
And in the depth of the watchful night,
The eyes of the common labourer earth shall flash
And, into the united legion of fraternal eyes,
I shall fall with the weight of the whole harvest,
With all the denseness of an oath tearing into distance,
And the flock of the flaming years will come, flying,
Like a ripe thunderstorm, will rustle past – Lenin,
And on the earth that will avoid decay,
Reason and life will be kept awake by Stalin

The Ode 1937 – the nightmares of anticipated imprisonment and the paranoid enthusiasm gripping the nation in 1937 in a double Stalinist embrace.

Conversation Among the Ruins …echoes of Today’s White House?

Through portico of my elegant house you stalk
With your wild furies, disturbing garlands of fruit
And the fabulous lutes and peacocks, rending the net
Of all decorum which holds the whirlwind back.
Now, rich order of walls is fallen; rooks croak
Above the appalling ruin; in bleak light
Of your stormy eye, magic takes flight
Like a daunted witch, quitting castle when real days break.

Fractured pillars frame prospects of rock;
While you stand heroic in coat and tie, I sit
Composed in Grecian tunic and psyche-knot,
Rooted to your black look, the play turned tragic:
Which such blight wrought on our bankrupt estate

What ceremony of words can patch the havoc?

1956 Sylvia Plath

And yet …

  Oh, how desperately I want to live;
 Immortalize the real,
 Personify the faceless,
 Give flesh to the non-existent!
 Life’s crushing dream may smother me
 I may suffocate as I dream, -
 And yet a light-hearted youth, perhaps
 Will say of me in time to come:
 Let us forgive his gloom – could it be
 That it was really his secret drive?
 “He’s but a child of goodness and light
 He’s but freedom’s triumph!”
 (Aleksandr Bolk 05.02.1914)