For years I was a member of a philosophical-minded, freethinking student society in Ghent, called “T.S.G. ’t Zal Wel Gaan” (“T.S.G.” stands for “taalminnend studentengenootschap” or language-loving student society). It’s, as far as I know, the oldest of its kind in Belgium, founded in 1852. It has a long and turbulent history, but that’s a story for another time.
During a few years I was a member, I did the visual side of operations, designing the posters mainly. Here I’m sharing a few that I’ve managed not to lose.
In this post I won’t be explaining why I think communism is right, or expound on in-depth theory about historical necessity or what have you. Here I’m just going to explain what my personal reasons are for joining and participating in my local party - being the Workers' Party of Belgium or the PVDA-PTB (Partij van de Arbeid van België - Parti du Travail de Belgique).
The recent war in Ukraine has shocked the (Western) world and will probably, together with the (still ongoing) pandemic, be a moment of a great change in historical direction. A lot is being said, a lot of discourse generated and in typical jingoist fashion a lot of nuance is being lost. In this post I’d like to write out some of my own thoughts on this topic.
The nillies has been the decade of social media. From initial novelty to the digital equivalent of low-yield nuclear ICBM’s. The analogy is maybe a bit over dramatic, but it’s potential as a weapon has been demonstrated already. During these ten years, it has taken root almost everywhere on the globe. When older people started accepting it - and youngsters subsequently started to reject it in rebellion - was when it went from new frontier to established, settled fact.