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Palestinian Unity – Israeli War

What are the reasons for the apparent dead-lock in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Can the reasons be found in internal Israeli conditions?

Don Rosa: WHY I QUIT

Famous Dukburg author Don Rosa finally let out the truth about why he quit. It is a terrifying tale about the Disney business model. http://career-end.donrosa.de/

9 books you should read to understand the world

I meant to pick 10, but even though these 9 stood out, I had a harder time picking number 10 from a larger pool, (and I'm too modest to suggest my own book). I will try to put in some link beneath each book to some sort of resource. Thus, in no particular order:

Wilkinson & Pickett - The Spirit Level: Wilkinson and Pickett sums up large amounts of research that discloses how social inequality creates unhealthy societies on a huge variety of areas. Many areas, including health and crime suffer in unequal societies.
http://www.equalitytrust.org.uk

Daniel Pink - Drive: Dan Pink reads like he is writing for the business class airport-shopping readers, but his book sums up large amounts of research on how economic incentives ruin our intrinsic motivation, and creates poorer quality of the work performed. This book kills homo economicus and New Public Management both, once and for all.
http://www.danpink.com/books/drive/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc

ATIUKM - Tarzan

As sometimes happens - luckily - things fall into public domain, and anybody can share and read the fantastic Tarzan stories of great masters like Hal Foster, Russ Manning or Burne Hogarth:
http://www.erbzine.com/comics/

Kitchen Notebooks: Disproving Economic Determinism - The Chinese Connection

As the few determined readers of this off-and-on column probably have gathered by now, I believe that one of the most important contributions Antonio Gramsci has made to modern political thought, is his break with the economic determinism of many early Marxists.

It has been an ongoing debate, to which extent Marx himself can be blamed for the rather dogmatic and mechanistic turn historical materialism took around the turn of the 19th century. It can however hardly be contested that the major contributions to this ideological blind alley, came after Marx death, by other Marxists such as Karl Kautsky and Nikolai Bukharin.

All though it is uncontroversial that humans are formed by the material conditions under which they grow up, and their thoughts are thus to an extent shaped by social class. To go from this, to claim that all of human history by necessity goes through certain distinct phases, with revolutions in-between, is naturally to take a leap into a world where the human mind’s need to construct order and patterns overshadows what can be actually concluded from empirical data.

Kitchen Notebooks: Gramsci and... Kafka (?!?)

Like Antonio Gramsci found himself confined to Mussolini's dungeons, having to jot down short lines of thought in small notebooks, I at times find myself confined to the kitchen table, by a laptop, forced by an uncontrollable impulse to comment on something I have seen or read, to write a few short lines about some subject.

I recently aquired a (Norwegian language) copy of Franz Kafkas “Letters to Milena” [1], collecting some of Franz Kafka's letters to Milena Jesenská from 1920 to 1923.

Gramsci in Scandinavia – Notes On Ehnmark’s Gramsci

The following article was published today by the International Gramsci Society: http://www.internationalgramscisociety.org/resources/online_articles/ind...

Gramsci in Scandinavia – Notes On Ehnmark’s Gramsci

Gramsci in Scandinavia

Thomas Piketty

Browse figures and tables from Capital in the 21st century here:
http://piketty.pse.ens.fr/files/capital21c/en/pdf/

Kitchen Notebooks - Gramsci, common sense and the Norwegian right

Like Antonio Gramsci found himself confined to Mussolini's dungeons, having to jot down short lines of thought in small notebooks, I at times find myself confined to the kitchen table, by a laptop, forced by an uncontrollable impulse to comment on something I have seen or read, to write a few short lines about some subject.

I recently started reading Monthly Review Press’ edition of Antonio A. Santucci’s Antonio Gramsci. One of the best known concepts Gramsci developed is the concept of "common sense". Gramsci describes common sense as:

common sense identifies exact, simple, and practi­cal causes through a set of judgments, and it does not allow itself to be drawn into metaphysical, pseudo-profound, pseudo-scientific, etc., quibbles and absurdities” (Q, p. 1334) (quoted in Santucci p 139).

This is a description which I find quite precise to this date. The focus on exact and simple causalities makes it difficult to introduce more complex ideas (or ideas that seem more complex) when you have political opponents that counter your ideas with more simple concepts.