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by Kevin Keating
Wednesday, May. 04, 2011 at 5:13 PM
Where was the debate?
An event billed as 'An Evening of Debate With Some Alleged Members of the Invisible Committee' was held this past Saturday night, April 30th, at a meeting space in San Francisco's Mission District. The speaker, presumably one of the authors of the much-ballyhooed "The Comming Insurrection," and the event as a whole called to mind the words of Ambrose Bierce; what the alleged member of the Invisible Committee had to say was both original and good; unfortunately, the part that was good was not original and the part that was original was not good.
Also, the debate promised in the title of the event failed to materialize. The audience appeared to be mostly made up of personal hygene-challenged, a-political anarchist subculture inhabitants, who would have nothing to contribute to an intelligent political discussion in any case, and made rodentlike squealing noises at points when something other than fawning adulation threatened to rear its terrible figurative head.
Much of the fault in the way this event played out grew out of the abysmal moderation provided by former 'Processed World' magazine proprietor Caitlin Manning. Manning allowed the individual from the Invisible Committee to pontificate to a point inducing hypnotic stupefaction, and then Caitlin Manning cut in to answer his questions for him, at least in regard to the first question. The event was billed as "an evening of debate..." and with the first feedback other than obeisance the moderator Manning stepped in to quash the exchange. If what this fellow had to say was so important then he could have answered his questions by himself, and if he needed help, he should have sought it from someone other than Caitlin Manning.
I haven't read "The Coming Insurrection." But what I heard and saw last night didn't spike any new interest here. Just because someone expresses themself poorly and comes from France it doesn't mean they are somehow secretly saying something profound. This work getting a good review from Glenn Beck and various collegiate weakings might sell copies among supine and endlessly pliant Enemies-Of-All-Authority-With-A-Capital-A, but if it's possible to judge a work by the readers who are most enthusastic for it there will probably not be much of use in it in regards to collective class politics among real people, who are forced to work for a living, in the real world, outside of a safe and cosy ideological hothouse of riot porn consumers...
(PS: This comemnt is not offered as a diss on the space where the event was held, or the organizers here.)
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