Sep 06 2020

CULTURAL APPROPRIATION – A REACTIONARY DEBATE

E&L has appreciated the significance of cultural arena in the struggle for self-determination. We are posting this article by Gearoid O’Loingsidh which addresses the issue of cultural appropriation.

CULTURAL APPROPRIATION – A REACTIONARY DEBATE

 

 

In the world of identity politics and the myriad expressions of it, one topic pops its head up on a fairly regular basis, that of Cultural Appropriation. There is not one definition of it, but it basically goes that people from one particular culture use artefacts, expressions, musical forms, clothing and other things from a culture other than their own, generally to make money, but not always. Sometimes the mere use is enough to provoke the ire of identitarians and the liberal hangers on. Though it is an accusation generally levelled at white people, as Rihanna and Beyoncé found to their cost, anyone can be accused of it. The debate around Cultural Appropriation makes a number of assumptions and ignores the glaring elephant in the room. The first assumption is that culture is static and “belongs” to a particular group. It also makes assumptions about who that group is. Continue reading “CULTURAL APPROPRIATION – A REACTIONARY DEBATE”

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Mar 06 2014

PETE SEEGER: A LIFE OF STRUGGLE AND SONG

Pete Seeger was one of the most important artistic figures of popular revolt in the 20th century; Gearóid Ó Loingsigh of Socialist Democracy (Ireland) provides his own tribute.

 

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The last great troubadour of the 20th century has passed away.  Pete Seeger died on January 27th after a short illness at the age of 94.  He became, during his lifetime, a living legend and like most legends, even their enemies lay claim to them in death.

Seeger was born into a well to do family, far removed economically from the working class or small farmers he would immortalise in music and song and whose causes he made his own.  His father studied at Harvard University and Pete Seeger also attended Harvard for a while, where he studied alongside JFK.  Seeger dropped out of Harvard after a short period.  However, whilst there he joined the Communist Party’s youth wing.  He remained a member up till the late 1940s.  He would later break with Stalinism, even going as far as to take part in an event in support of Solidarnosc in 1981.

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