BASTARDS DIE HARD (Les Salauds ont la vie dure) by André Héléna. Translated by Paul Sharkey. eBook £1.50 (see eBookshelf)

BastardsBASTARDS DIE HARD (Les Salauds ont la vie dure) by André Héléna. Translated by Paul Sharkey.

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In his 2011 book ‘The Pleasures of Crime: Reading Modern French Crime Fiction’ Professor David Platten, a lecturer in French literature and culture at the University of Leeds, looked at, among other French noir writers, André Héléna’s ‘Occupation’ novels from which we have taken the following extracts relating to Les Salauds ont la vie dure, which we have translated as ‘Bastards Die Hard

“… In Héléna’s Les Salauds ont la vie dure, written shortly after the Liberation, the reader can still feel the heat of oppression and conflict as the main character literally blazes a trail across the country. Héléna’s peripatetic writing existence — he moved frequently from Narbonne to Paris to Leucate, and back again — is reflected in the adventures of Maurice Delbar, hero of Les Salauds ont la vie dure is an outlaw and miscreant with very achy feet. What we read about the Occupation in these novels is funnelled through the perspective, not of a detective, but of a young, mid-ranking gangster from Pigalle, the traditional red-light district of Paris adjoining Montmartre, which is known locally as La Butte, traditional home not only of the French chanson but also of the Parisian gangster.

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THE CUNTOCRACY: or How well is David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ going these days? by William Clark. eBook £1.50 (see eBookshelf)

CuntocracyTHE CUNTOCRACY: or How well is David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ going these days? by William Clark.

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“Why not call the present political system a ‘cuntocracy’?  It is most certainly not a democracy—at least not the type any one would want.  We need a new name for not just what our leaders do to us because of greed and stupidity: we need an accurate irrefutable term for all of society’s organisation as an undesirable but innate feature of the effects of the power-hungry.  We need a term who’s very existence and use will return power to the ordinary people—or at least give them a voice and provide a way to talk back to those who pose as leaders but take us nowhere.  If people in power object: then the term is working.

“So what are our base assumptions? Well, there is probably only one ‘law’ that we could say social science ‘discovered,’ and this seems to have been by sheer flippancy. This was Lord Acton’s statement (in a letter to a Bishop) that all power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. No one has thought to extrapolate our one law further to establish its social determinants. You are simply not allowed to.  Nevertheless, we can adapt Acton’s Law into: all power tends to create cunts and absolute power creates total cunts.

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THE MORAL BASIS OF ANARCHISM Pietro Gori. eBook £1.50 (see eBookshelf)

Gori1THE MORAL BASIS OF ANARCHISM by Pietro Gori

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In this 1904 pamphlet, Italian anarchist composer and poet, Pietro Gori considers the moral and ethical evolution of human society from its origins to the present day. Gori challenges the bourgeois media’s negative representation of anarchism as synonymous with disorder and violence: i.e., propaganda by authoritarian institutions and bourgeois vested interest groups intended to demonise anarchists and anarchism. For Gori violence is anathema and, indeed, originates with power and provokes popular struggle as an inevitable response. The moral foundations of anarchy, then, lie in the dawn of a new future, founded on new principles, such as mutual aid and solidarity.

EL SINDICALISMO ESPAÑOL ANTES DE LA GUERRA CIVIL. Los Hijos del Trabajo por Ricardo Sanz. eBook £1.50 (see eBookshelf)

SanzCoverEL SINDICALISMO ESPAÑOL ANTES DE LA GUERRA CIVIL. Los Hijos Del Trabajo por RICARDO SANZ.

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 SANZ GARCÍA, Ricardo: Canals (Valencia), 5-11-1898 / Toulouse (Francia), 25-10-1986. Hijo de obreros agrícolas, desde muy joven trabajó en una fábrica de harinas hasta su marcha a Barcelona (1916), donde ingresa en CNT, sección tintoreros del textil (su oficio por entonces), y amiga con el luego asesinado Sabater — el Tero. A partir de 1920 su activismo se acelera: conoce a Ascaso, mitinea por la comarca barcelonesa, participa en las actividades de Los Solidarios e ingresa en la cárcel (1920) durante cerca de dos años. Apenas liberado, se traslada a Zaragoza (juicio contra Torres Escartín por el caso Soldevila) y seguidamente a Francia por Barcelona para evitar nueva detención (en 1924, caídos Suberviola y Campo, es el eje del comité revolucionario en Barcelona). En París permanece poco tiempo porque no le gustó el ambiente del destierro y porque se le encargó comprar mil fusiles en Eibar-Guernica, cruza la frontera por Vera y se le detiene en San Sebastián (dos años de prisión en Madrid, donde conoce a Bajatierra, Romero, Inestal y otros). Liberado, vive en Barcelona, trabaja en la construcción (presidente del Sindicato del ramo en 1930-1931) y sufre frecuentes encierros.
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HIGH TREASON The Plot Against the People by Albert E. Kahn — BOOK 4 — THE NEW INQUISITION. Chapter XV — PATTERN OF SUBVERSION — 1. Grim Schedule eBook £1.50 (see eBookshelf)

HIGH TREASON The Plot Against the People by Albert E. Kahn

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Chapter XV PATTERN OF SUPPRESSION

We have seen the war powers, which are essential to the preservation of the nation in time of war, exercised broadly after the military exigency had passed and in conditions for which they were never intended, and we may well wonder in view of the precedents now established whether constitutional government as heretofore maintained in this republic could survive another great war even if victoriously waged.

From an address delivered by Charles Evans Hughes at the Harvard Law School, June 21, 1920.

The real traitors to America at present , . . are precisely those false patriots who cry down truth, obstruct the path of social discovery, deny a free forum to Intellectual Honesty, pretend— while storm clouds gather ominously overhead,— that America is a cooing dove of peace and prosperity, a bird of paradise, a harbinger of glad tidings to a world in despair.

From Samuel D. Schmalhausen’s preface to Behold America!, published 1931.

 

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