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Richard Seymour

Richard Seymour is a writer, broadcaster and socialist, currently based in London. He writes regularly for the Guardian, the London Review of Books, Jacobin and many other publications.

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  • Under the Sign of Saturn, a Movement is Born

    This piece first appeared at Lenin's Tomb.



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    There has been non-stop chaos in the American state since Trump took office. This is partly, but not primarily, a matter of incompetence. There is no doubt that these moves could have been prepared for a lot better by the incoming Trump team.

    Yet, I think it is also a deliberate offensive, the chaos a welcome element in the attempt to disorient enemies within the state apparatuses and, by forcing a rupture in which normal rules are suspended, change the balance of forces condensed in the state. The promotion of Bannon, a mere fascist propagandist before he had Trump's ear, to the National Security Council is an extraordinary manifestation of this. The joint chiefs of staff and director of national intelligence are being sidelined. The State Department has been purged of figures likely to impede Trump's objectives, even at the cost of leaving the bureaucracy dysfunctional. Clearly, the administration inner circle is looking to assemble their allies within the deep state quickly, both to forestall any challenge to their own operations and to advance their countersubversive goals. The New York Post gets the idea: "A clean sweep may mean some chaos — but a new start has virtues of its own."

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  • Political Theory Undergraduate Reading List


    Your campus needn’t be a hotbed of communist activity for you to be armed with the proper theory this school year. Prepare to debate your professors and peers with Verso’s Political Theory 101 syllabus.

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  • FREE EBOOK - Richard Seymour on the coup against Corbyn and the future of Labour

    In Corbyn: Against All Oddsa free ebook available to download now - Richard Seymour unpicks the latest attempt to unseat Jeremy Corbyn from the leadership of the Labour Party. In doing so he answers some of the most pressing questions of British politics; can Corbyn hang on to the leadership? Will the election lead to a split in the party? What are Labour's chances for 2020? And just who is Owen Smith?



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