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Sebastian Budgen – Risée du Monde – Out to ‘Get’ the Charnel House.

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Sebastian Budgen: Family Grocers Does Excellent Tuck!

This story on Charnel House is the talk of the Left,

Stumbled across an amazing database of free Marxist PDFs, the posts of which seems to be password protected but whose files are nevertheless accessible.

See the site for details.

The post cites Budgen’s response to people who download for free:

“…before the internet people had to actually go to the photocopying shop. Now they don’t even have to do that and they are outraged when they can’t download the stuff for free. Fuckers – I hate them so much…

I make a distinction between the honest downloaders who do it discreetly and will spend money when they have it and the loud-mouthed freeloading scum who have no interest in or understanding of how to build a counterhegemonic apparatus.

I’m not just interested in people being customers but in recognising, to the extent that they are leftists, that they should be involved in building a counterhegemonic apparatus. The anarchoids and lazy leftists of today don’t get that so they act like the lowest petty bourgeois individualist swine.”

Sebastian Budgen, of Verso books and Historical Materialism, on download culture and downloaders, Oct 2012.

Sebastian Budgen Memorial Page.

There are many reasons to dislike Bugden’s politics as well:

We strongly suspect he has something to do with propagating the “anti-race mixing”  Indigènes de la République in the oddly named  Jacobin and the promotion of the sympathiser of this group – the militant wing of anti-colonial studiesChristine Delphy, by Verso.

Budgen has the “chic” for getting himself loathed.

We express our solidarity with comrade Ross Wolfe who has been the object of this attack by the Owl of the Verso Remove:

Maybe I’d feel a bit worse about linking to all these texts if Budgen weren’t such a whiny crybaby. Hard to sympathize with him, however, after he put out this ridiculous burn notice against me a couple months back, urging other leftists to erect a cordon sanitaire around me. Leftists should “shun” and “no platform” me, defriending anyone who posts or shares links to this blog. Kind of reminds me of a recent Clickhole article, “Uncompromising: This Tyrant Unfriends All Dissidents as an Example to the Rest,” which describes “[a] despotic maniac rules with an iron fist of callous indifference, unfriending anyone who dares go against something he posts.”

Childishness and grandiosity aside, though, this is a great list of books. Grab them while you can, but don’t despair if they’re removed before you get the chance. Someone will repost them eventually, probably sooner than later. Enjoy.

Update (LOL): Seems he’s now asking ppl to report anyone who so much as links to this post. *impotent buttrage intensifies*.

The poor puffer seems to have forgotten the gentlemanly etiquette of the Eton Wall Game.


As he would no doubt love to call for similar action against Coatesism and all of its works we can only say: arise ye starvlings from your slumbers and feast on Budgen’s hampers!


8 Responses

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  1. Great. So all the radical publishers go out of business because technological progress makes it impossible for them to make a profit. And then, what? With a few honourable exceptions, most of the online resources are parasitic on the radical publishers. They don’t generate content of any quality themselves, they merely scan or upload it (usually with minimum, if any, proofing) when the publishers have done the work. Now – are these online pirates likely to take over the role of the radical publishers once they have ceased to exist? Are they going to put the work in to generate new, original copy and then provide it free of charge? If so, then fine. But I wouldn’t bet on it.

    Being a parasite is OK – we all do it. But being a self-righteous parasite is a bit contemptible. SB’s language is a bit intemperate. But he’s not wrong.


    August 5, 2015 at 12:33 pm

  2. I agree: I am not criticising radical publishers at all.

    Brill however is an academic publisher and the cost of their ‘radical books’ is beyond the means of ordinary people, ranging from £70 upwards.

    I have a lot reasons to criticise Budgen and the post I wrote centres on his politics: he is that kind of anti-Charlie Hebdo Public school ‘leftist’ that deserves all he gets.

    His actions against Ross Wolfe are a bit more than “intemperate” – they are witch-hunting – and began, months back, with no reference to making downloads.

    Andrew Coates

    August 5, 2015 at 3:51 pm

  3. What worries me is the prospect of firms like Brill, whose pricing policy seems to see academic libraries as their only market, becoming the only publishers of radical literature, thanks in part to the efforts of a bunch of self-righteous anarchists.


    August 5, 2015 at 4:51 pm

  4. There are things to say about Verso in which the words ‘self-righteous’ would feature prominently.

    Andrew Coates

    August 5, 2015 at 4:57 pm

  5. I have to be nice to and about publishers. Falling out with them would be a bad idea, for both professional and personal reasons.


    August 5, 2015 at 5:58 pm

  6. Not a problem I have.

    In the case of Budgen there are issues which, as Holmes might say, the world is not ready for.

    I am indifferent to the Ross Wolfe ‘case’ incidentally and all that’s been said in that respect.

    Andrew Coates

    August 6, 2015 at 11:45 am

  7. It’s unfortunate that Delphy has come out in support of the PIR, because otherwise I think her contributions to materialist feminist theory are quite valuable.

    Ross Wolfe

    August 6, 2015 at 3:16 pm

  8. I suspect her attachment to them dates back to their origins and she has not thought about their ideology in any depth.

    But anybody who endorses a movement – the Indigènes de la République – that violently shouts down and systematically hounds Caroline Fourest, a gay secularist and human rights campaigner who can be compared to Peter Tatchell, is in many people’s view a scab if not worse.

    Andrew Coates

    August 6, 2015 at 4:45 pm

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