October 2022

Welcome! Newsletter 22.

It’s great news for the masses of followers who’ve been missing the monthly review that has long ceased to be a monthly review. But this October, the feature has returned. Titled “Identity Politics and Feuerbach 11”, the review looks at Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò’s Elite Capture: How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics (And Everything Else).

A German review of the legendary Greek social rebel Vassilis Paleokostasautobiography was published in the September issue of analyse & kritik.

Plenty of writing for junge Welt. On the sports pages, there’ve been articles on the South American training camps of the alpine skiing elite, the US Open (tennis), the rowing world championships, cheating accusations among chess grandmasters, the table tennis team world championships, and the Oromo runners of Ethiopia. On other pages, there was an article about Sámi resistance to the Øyfjellet windpark in Norway, Sweden‘s application for NATO membership, and the Swedish elections (one, two, and three).

I rounded out this year’s Nordic camping season with a couple of hiking trips, and also went for an action-packed weekend to Gothenburg, where I reported on the 50th anniversary of the communist sports club Proletären FF, facilitated a conversation about sports and left-wing politics at the Gothenburg Radical Bookfair, and did the first of a number of interviews for an upcoming book project (more to be revealed when the time is ripe).

What else? The good folks at Riseup are doing another fundraiser, and there are much worse places for dropping a few bucks if you have any to spare. Other than that, Europe’s poor are paying for the war in the Ukraine, fascist forces are on the rise everywhere, and no one with the power to do so does anything to stop the climate crisis. But hey, none of it is going to stop us from doing the right thing, because what else are we going to do?

More in a month. Stay safe!