On elitism vs utopianism in disco. Great stuff, though I can’t help siding with H.I.M.A.N. on this one. Quite clearly capitalism is glued together by stuff like elitism, hierarchies, celebrity status, etc so it’s hardly surprising that these appear in social movements as well. More interesting to trace the liberatory currents which exist in spite of all the pressure to turn everything into one big shopping mall stuffed with copies of “Hello” magazine. That said, I had to wait until acid house before I felt comfortable setting foot in a nightclub.
Over at Mute, the Melancholic Troglodytes review a new book on the lash up between academics and activists in the anti-capitalist movement. I glazed over during the discussions of Negri et al, but there are some great graphics and discussions around DIY cultures like punk, and scathing critiques of certain lifestylist dumpster diving anarchists.