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(A monster is looming over us!) I guess what I'm worried about is the hegemonic state of neo-liberalism. The fact we're offered a small state or a large state but neo-liberal capitalism is a given. A far right economic ideology has been common-sensified to the extent where members of the public don't even discuss it. The centre ground has shifted so far to the right that what should truly be considered centre-left social democratic projects are considered radical. Its worrying. What looks like an exchange of equivalence is actually systemic exploitation. The structural nature of relations demands that labour power is bought for less than its worth creating a surplus. Capital. The post-industrial pattern remains regimented, tied to its Fordist roots, but the veneer of productivity has worn thin. Work is meaningless, dull and false. Alienation and dehumanisation is total. Leisure is completely reified to the point where labour is self-justifying. Our entire lives are subject to the whims of capital. We're zealous about trivialities. We make tiny aggressions out of thin air and discuss them endlessly, but that's not enough. I worry that we're involved only in minor disruptions to hegemony. Maybe that's all capital allows us. There are people floating across the Med on rafts, the president of the USA is fucking insane, China is a totalitarian nightmare, and we're truly fucked. Capitalism strengthens itself. Cultural hegemony everywhere we look. Ideology is sinister and omnipresent.

Does the economy work for us, or do we work for the economy?

Maybe we need to find innovative modes of resistance. Affect concrete change rather than symbolic disruptions. The proletariat no longer exists, or if it does it exists in a radically different form. The next revolution won't be organised on the factory floor or in the offices of a 'revolutionary' political party. The revolution will be made on the dance-floor, on the streets, in the pubs. We need to insert cultural revolutionary ideas into our everyday lives. We won't be judged by our words, we'll be judged by our praxis. I guess I just feel like capitalism is so vast and sophisticated, its hard to know how to attack it. Where are the chinks in its armour? Its hard to know how to resist. I feel powerless, because I am, but not for long. Industrialisation creates ruthless exploitation, but also the tools needed to escape a world of scarcity. Its down to us to seize the initiative. Rise up and demand a fairer world, a more sustainable world, a world we can be proud of. Seize the initiative! (Hope is returning!)


from Anarcho Punk Dance Party, released November 1, 2019


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Austerity Brighton, UK

Austerity are a three-piece post-punk band from Brighton (UK)

Citing XTC, Scritti Politti and Wire as influences, but frequently compared to Gang of Four, A Certain Ratio and Fugazi... Austerity's sound is a high-octane collision of swaggering bass & drum grooves, scratchy, chaotic guitar and snarling vocals, spitting bile on complex political ideas, but always remaining rooted in everyday life. ... more

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