Antigone: Death yearns for equal law for the dead. Creon: Not that the good and bad draw equal shares. Antigone: Who knows that this is holiness below? Creon: Never the enemy, even in death, a friend. Antigone: I cannot share in hatred, but in love. Creon: Then go down there, if you must love, and love the dead. No woman rules me while I live.
Antigone, Sophocles, 441 BCE
U-S-A. U-S-A. Obama got Osama. Obama Got Osama. You can’t beat us (clap-clap-clap-clap-clap-clap). You can’t beat us. Fuck bin La-den. Fuck bin La-den.
N+1 Blog, chants heard at Ground Zero, New York, May 2011
We got Voldemort, We Got Voldermort.
Chant, heard on campuses at Iowa, Stanford, and UC Davis, May 2011
Contrary to what many liberals imagined in November 2008, the debasement of American political culture continues apace. Instead of reversing the trend, …
‘The Anti-Imperialist Left Confronted with Islam’, an interview with Tariq Ali by Alex De Jong and Paul Mepschen for Grenzeloos, posted at International Viewpoint, March 2006
Grenzeloos: It is of course the assassination of the film-maker Theo van Gogh and the threats made against the liberal member of parliament Ayaan Hirsi Ali which have particularly drawn attention to Islam in the Netherlands. Like her, you are an unbeliever who comes from the Muslim world. Have you already felt threatened?
Tariq Ali: No, never. I travel a lot both in the Muslim world and in the rest of the world, but I have never yet felt threatened. Why is that? It is no doubt because people who don’t agree with me about religion know that I am an enemy of imperialism. I unceasingly criticize imperialism and all its works, more …