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November 6, 2014

good art is beautiful detritus

October 11, 2012

my lord bargain

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joel assaizky – music and all instruments
kaganof – vocal and lyrics
recorded in parkhurst at the a nul dubh studio, 2005

September 23, 2012

dax butler in rare cape town gig

Filed under: freedom fighter,music — ABRAXAS @ 8:35 am

December 14, 2010

freedom fighter set list, 27 june

Filed under: freedom fighter — ABRAXAS @ 10:55 pm

November 8, 2010

freedom fighter’s first performances (at national arts festival)

Filed under: derek davey,freedom fighter,joel assaizky — ABRAXAS @ 8:47 pm

September 12, 2010

freedom fighter at the national arts festival

Filed under: anton krueger,freedom fighter,trevor steele-taylor — ABRAXAS @ 9:49 pm

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l-r: joel assaizky, aryan kaganof, dax butler, derek davey

August 19, 2010

anton krueger interviews aryan kaganof

Filed under: anton krueger,freedom fighter,kaganof — ABRAXAS @ 12:06 am

May 29, 2010

green africa party

Filed under: derek davey,freedom fighter — ABRAXAS @ 10:40 pm

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August 19, 2008

them particles – rattle my chains

Filed under: freedom fighter,joel assaizky — ABRAXAS @ 7:10 pm

December 16, 2007

dax butler, xarra books, newtown, 07/11/05

Filed under: freedom fighter,kagaportraits — ABRAXAS @ 2:15 pm

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December 2, 2007

live at the national arts festival, 06/07/05

Filed under: derek davey,freedom fighter,joel assaizky — ABRAXAS @ 5:33 pm

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December 1, 2007

limited edition of 100 copies

Filed under: freedom fighter,kagapoems — ABRAXAS @ 12:52 am

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November 29, 2007

the freedom fighter

Filed under: freedom fighter,illuseum,kaganof — ABRAXAS @ 12:13 pm

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November 28, 2007

Filed under: dick tuinder,freedom fighter — ABRAXAS @ 5:22 pm

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Filed under: derek davey,freedom fighter,joel assaizky — ABRAXAS @ 5:11 pm

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April 8, 2007

Technology Is A More Powerful Social Force Than The Aspiration For Freedom

Filed under: catherine henegan,freedom fighter,ted kaczynski — ABRAXAS @ 6:47 pm

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125. It is not possible to make a LASTING compromise between technology and freedom, because technology is by far the more powerful social force and continually encroaches on freedom through REPEATED compromises. Imagine the case of two neighbors, each of whom at the outset owns the same amount of land, but one of whom is more powerful than the other. The powerful one demands a piece of the other’s land. The weak one refuses. The powerful one says, “OK, let’s compromise. Give me half of what I asked.” The weak one has little choice but to give in. Some time later the powerful neighbor demands another piece of land, again there is a compromise, and so forth. By forcing a long series of compromises on the weaker man, the powerful one eventually gets all of his land. So it goes in the conflict between technology and freedom.
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126. Let us explain why technology is a more powerful social force than the aspiration for freedom.
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127. A technological advance that appears not to threaten freedom often turns out to threaten it very seriously later on. For example, consider motorized transport. A walking man formerly could go where he pleased, go at his own pace without observing any traffic regulations, and was independent of technological support-systems. When motor vehicles were introduced they appeared to increase man’s freedom. They took no freedom away from the walking man, no one had to have an automobile if he didn’t want one, and anyone who did choose to buy an automobile could travel much faster than the walking man. But the introduction of motorized transport soon changed society in such a way as to restrict greatly man’s freedom of locomotion. When automobiles became numerous, it became necessary to regulate their use extensively. In a car, especially in densely populated areas, one cannot just go where one likes at one’s own pace—one’s movement is governed by the flow of traffic and by various traffic laws. One is tied down by various obligations: license requirements, driver test, renewing registration, insurance, maintenance required for safety, monthly payments on purchase price. Moreover, the use of motorized transport is no longer optional. Since the introduction of motorized transport the arrangement of our cities has changed in such a way that the majority of people no longer live within walking distance of their place of employment, shopping areas and recreational opportunities, so that they HAVE TO depend on the automobile for transportation. Or else they must use public transportation, in which case they have even less control over their own movement than when driving a car. Even the walker’s freedom is now greatly restricted. In the city he continually has to stop and wait for traffic lights that are designed mainly to serve auto traffic. In the country, motor traffic makes it dangerous and unpleasant to walk along the highway. (Note the important point we have illustrated with the case of motorized transport: When a new item of technology is introduced as an option that an individual can accept or not as he chooses, it does not necessarily REMAIN optional. In many cases the new technology changes society in such a way that people eventually find themselves FORCED to use it.)
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128. While technological progress AS A WHOLE continually narrows our sphere of freedom, each new technical advance CONSIDERED BY ITSELF appears to be desirable. Electricity, indoor plumbing, rapid long-distance communications . . . how could one argue against any of these things, or against any other of the innumerable technical advances that have made modern society? It would have been absurd to resist the introduction of the telephone, for example. It offered many advantages and no disadvantages. Yet as we explained in paragraphs 59-76, all these technical advances taken together have created a world in which the average man’s fate is no longer in his own hands or in the hands of his neighbors and friends, but in those of politicians, corporation executives and remote, anonymous technicians and bureaucrats whom he as an individual has no power to influence.[21] The same process will continue in the future. Take genetic engineering, for example. Few people will resist the introduction of a genetic technique that eliminates a hereditary disease. It does no apparent harm and prevents much suffering. Yet a large number of genetic improvements taken together will make the human being into an engineered product rather than a free creation of chance (or of God, or whatever, depending on your religious beliefs).
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129. Another reason why technology is such a powerful social force is that, within the context of a given society, technological progress marches in only one direction; it can never be reversed. Once a technical innovation has been introduced, people usually become dependent on it, unless it is replaced by some still more advanced innovation. Not only do people become dependent as individuals on a new item of technology, but, even more, the system as a whole becomes dependent on it. (Imagine what would happen to the system today if computers, for example, were eliminated.) Thus the system can move in only one direction, toward greater technologization. Technology repeatedly forces freedom to take a step back—short of the overthrow of the whole technological system.
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130. Technology advances with great rapidity and threatens freedom at many different points at the same time (crowding, rules and regulations, increasing dependence of individuals on large organizations, propaganda and other psychological techniques, genetic engineering, invasion of privacy through surveillance devices and computers, etc.) To hold back any ONE of the threats to freedom would require a long and difficult social struggle. Those who want to protect freedom are overwhelmed by the sheer number of new attacks and the rapidity with which they develop, hence they become pathetic and no longer resist. To fight each of the threats separately would be futile. Success can be hoped for only by fighting the technological system as a whole; but that is revolution not reform.
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131. Technicians (we use this term in its broad sense to describe all those who perform a specialized task that requires training) tend to be so involved in their work (their surrogate activity) that when a conflict arises between their technical work and freedom, they almost always decide in favor of their technical work. This is obvious in the case of scientists, but it also appears elsewhere: Educators, humanitarian groups, conservation organizations do not hesitate to use propaganda or other psychological techniques to help them achieve their laudable ends. Corporations and government agencies, when they find it useful, do not hesitate to collect information about individuals without regard to their privacy. Law enforcement agencies are frequently inconvenienced by the constitutional rights of suspects and often of completely innocent persons, and they do whatever they can do legally (or sometimes illegally) to restrict or circumvent those rights. Most of these educators, government officials and law officers believe in freedom, privacy and constitutional rights, but when these conflict with their work, they usually feel that their work is more important.
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132. It is well known that people generally work better and more persistently when striving for a reward than when attempting to avoid a punishment or negative outcome. Scientists and other technicians are motivated mainly by the rewards they get through their work. But those who oppose technological invasions of freedom are working to avoid a negative outcome, consequently there are a few who work persistently and well at this discouraging task. If reformers ever achieved a signal victory that seemed to set up a solid barrier against further erosion of freedom through technological progress, most would tend to relax and turn their attention to more agreeable pursuits. But the scientists would remain busy in their laboratories, and technology as it progresses would find ways, in spite of any barriers, to exert more and more control over individuals and make them always more dependent on the system.
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133. No social arrangements, whether laws, institutions, customs or ethical codes, can provide permanent protection against technology. History shows that all social arrangements are transitory; they all change or break down eventually. But technological advances are permanent within the context of a given civilization. Suppose for example that it were possible to arrive at some social arrangements that would prevent genetic engineering from being applied to human beings, or prevent it from being applied in such a ways as to threaten freedom and dignity. Still, the technology would remain waiting. Sooner or later the social arrangement would break down. Probably sooner, given that pace of change in our society. Then genetic engineering would begin to invade our sphere of freedom, and this invasion would be irreversible (short of a breakdown of technological civilization itself). Any illusions about achieving anything permanent through social arrangements should be dispelled by what is currently happening with environmental legislation. A few years ago it seemed that there were secure legal barriers preventing at least SOME of the worst forms of environmental degradation. A change in the political wind, and those barriers begin to crumble.
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134. For all of the foregoing reasons, technology is a more powerful social force than the aspiration for freedom. But this statement requires an important qualification. It appears that during the next several decades the industrial-technological system will be undergoing severe stresses due to economic and environmental problems, and especially due to problems of human behavior (alienation, rebellion, hostility, a variety of social and psychological difficulties). We hope that the stresses through which the system is likely to pass will cause it to break down, or at least weaken it sufficiently so that a revolution occurs and is successful, then at that particular moment the aspiration for freedom will have proved more powerful than technology.
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135. In paragraph 125 we used an analogy of a weak neighbor who is left destitute by a strong neighbor who takes all his land by forcing on him a series of compromises. But suppose now that the strong neighbor gets sick, so that he is unable to defend himself. The weak neighbor can force the strong one to give him his land back, or he can kill him. If he lets the strong man survive and only forces him to give his land back, he is a fool, because when the strong man gets well he will again take all the land for himself. The only sensible alternative for the weaker man is to kill the strong one while he has the chance. In the same way, while the industrial system is sick we must destroy it. If we compromise with it and let it recover from its sickness, it will eventually wipe out all of our freedom.

Keep on reading ted kaczynski’s manifesto here

March 31, 2007

freedom fighter, rare live gig in joburg tonight!!!!!!!

Filed under: freedom fighter,U.r.c.h.i.n. — ABRAXAS @ 1:02 am

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March 30, 2007

freedom fighter live in joburg, saturday 31 march

Filed under: freedom fighter,U.r.c.h.i.n. — ABRAXAS @ 2:11 pm

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March 6, 2007

the legendary benoni gig

Filed under: freedom fighter — ABRAXAS @ 12:30 am

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February 20, 2006

freedom fighter

Filed under: freedom fighter,french,kaganof — ABRAXAS @ 4:48 pm


guitarist dax butler

Le groupe rock FREEDOM FIGHTER de Aryan Kaganof a donné deux concerts lors du dernier NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL sud-africain. Formé par quatre personnes, AK au chant, Dax Butler à la guitare électrique, Joel Assaizky à la basse et Derek Davey à la batterie, les quatre musiciens composent et interprètent ensemble leurs morceaux, dont le seul parolier est le poète Kaganof. Leur premier concert – performance a eu lieu le mercredi 6-7-5 au Monument de la ville de Grahamstown, la ville universitaire qui accueille ce festival national. Lors de la première performance, ils ont accompagné en chantant les images d’un film pornographique ancien de Lasse Braun (alias Alberto Ferro ) « Ceremony ». Les paroles fortes de Kaganof sonnent encore dans mes oreilles et me font trembler l’esprit avec leur justesse et leur exactitude poétique. Le refrain de sa chanson criée « ALL THE GOOD PEOPLE LET US DOWN SOMEHOW EVENTUALLY » ( D’une certaine façon, tous les hommes bons nous laissent tomber éventuellement ) a été une nouvelle révélation pour moi, son fan incorruptible ( ou « inrockuptible » si vous préférez) ! « Very fucking true » je leur ai dit, en les félicitant à la fin !

En restant à contre-lumière au –dessous de l’écran de la salle, les quatre musiciens ont interprété avec brio leurs partitions aux commentaires politiques justes dont leur nom désigne très bien : le militant de la liberté . Et l’interaction avec le film venait briser les règles du « correct » tout en faisant l’éloge de la sexualité libre et débridée, deux termes qui s’accordent mieux avec le nom du groupe . Dans le film de Lasse Braun une cérémonie orgiaque se déroule avec une personne crucifiée (à laquelle on ressemble nous tous) et qui descend de le croix afin de participer à cette fête « dionysiaque » de l’ivresse. Le titre de la rétrospective « Dionysian Cinema » est sûrement en rapport avec cette performance – orgie dont Kaganof était le Maître de Cérémonie .

Leur deuxième concert a eu lieu le lendemain dans une ferme éloignée de la ville, une ferme réputée pour ses soirées radicales et qui s’appelle Burg Lengeling. Elle appartient à deux allemands installés dans cette extrémité au sud du pays. On était moins nombreux que le jour précédent. Cette fois il n’y avait pas de séance derrière mais une intimité chaleureuse ressortait par les musiciens en écoutant leurs morceaux. Malgré le froid (c’était l’hiver en Afrique du Sud ) on ressentait tous un coup de chaleur, peut-être dû à la « fièvre du jeudi soir », à la fièvre du rock indépendant et alternatif. Et le « glowing wine » (le vin qui brille) nous donnait une nouvelle énergie très douce, comme l’était son goût original.

February 7, 2006

freedom fighter

Filed under: freedom fighter,kaganof,mick raubenheimer — ABRAXAS @ 9:27 pm

Yes Mista K
 
So and thank you for the invite, and to see your quasi-Kaufmann(Andy)-fake-Ray(charles)
complete abso-fucky Aryan blues band. Damn. You really Are Mista Quasi –
embraced that truth that no-one Can ever see you, sense you.
There is only you’re (at least knowingly) un-fixable view, your perspectives of all these kiddies trying to react accordingly to what you emit. Yes Kaganof, I see you:
see the blur-dancing lines of consciousness fixed in physical form.
 
Derrida (why did such an intelligence drown in the sheers of lexeme??) said it quaint:
differance
There is no ‘fixed’.. the centre always shift self all ways repell focus
like tat star ever shining bright when you don’t look fuckn right ‘at’ it.
 
Cos there is no ‘at’, is there yes he says, Mick, yes.
 

Dadaism in all forms misses the point – the nihilist cannot sense with orgao-granted physique that Yes! Indeed! Organicism never was the problem –
Life in all her blurious smeltin heaves and melts IS the only medium.
 
it is man that is wrong. the west. Plato/Socrates with their gift of the Meta. the perfect.
 
So here’s why I’m so insistently cheesy:
I retain the glory of life-scented: I don’t anarchise, I seek the faults, and re-attempt the fundament of concept accordingly:
  
The answer is NOT
weak chaos, exhausted vulgarity and scatolophism.
it is awakening a language from sincere LIFEMBRACINGLANCE.
 
thaddit
Mook
 

December 19, 2005

taking the mick (ee)

Filed under: freedom fighter,kaganof,mick raubenheimer — ABRAXAS @ 2:16 pm

Yes Mista K
 
So and thank you for the invite, and to see your quasi-Kaufmann(Andy)-fake-Ray(charles)
complete abso-fucky Aryan blues band. Damn. You really Are Mista Quasi –
embraced that truth that no-one Can ever see you, sense you.
There is only you’re (at least knowingly) un-fixable view, your perspectives of all these kiddies trying to react accordingly to what you emit. Yes Kaganof, I see you:
see the blur-dancing lines of consciousness fixed in physical form.
 
Derrida (why did such an intelligence drown in the sheers of lexeme??) said it quaint:
differance
There is no ‘fixed’.. the centre always shift self all ways repell focus
like tat star ever shining bright when you don’t look fuckn right ‘at’ it.
 
Cos there is no ‘at’, is there yes he says, Mick, yes.
 

 
But this new Punk you sent me, for what to violent ‘PUNK’ against but form and structure and meaning? is EXACTLY (ahem) WRONG –
 
Dadaism in all forms misses the point – the nihilist cannot sense with orgao-granted physique that Yes! Indeed! Organicism never was the problem –
Life in all her blurious smeltin heaves and melts [where is the focus? Where is the structu..-
see man tremblerollupndie quivrin..] IS the only medium.
 
it is man that is wrong. the west. Plato/Socrates with their gift of the Meta. the perfect.
 
So here’s why I’m so insistently cheesy:
I retain the glory of life-scented: I don’t anarchise, I seek the faults, and re-attempt the fundament of concept accordingly:
 
 
The answer is NOT
weak chaos, exhausted vulgarity and scatolophism.
 
 
it is awakening a language from sincere LIFEMBRACINGLANCE.
 
 
thaddit
Mook
Mick Raubenheimer

December 10, 2005

freedom fighter

Filed under: freedom fighter — ABRAXAS @ 8:30 am


bass player joel assaizky after inadvertently laughing at the wrong cartoons

FREEDOM FIGHTER, fresh from their debut gigs at the National Arts festival in Grahamstown and lightning tour of Tshwane where they played with slam dub poet Otsile Ntsoane and recorded their first video featuring The Big Black Doos, are now returning to home turf. Described by Mail & Guardian’s weekly listings poet Nadine Botha as being a “twisted blues band”, FREEDOM FIGHTER are currently recording their debut CD at Parkhurst’s Ashkenazy-Muezzin Studio where veteran producer Memphis Menelik has hailed guitarist Dax Butler as “awesome…a wizard.”

Joburg audiences will get a unique opportunity to see FREEDOM FIGHTER in full flight on Friday 5 August at 9pm at the BOHEMIAN, corner Park and Menton, Richmond (near Auckland Park).

For more information contact Derek Davey 083-5485916

November 22, 2005

freedom fighter

Filed under: freedom fighter,kaganof — ABRAXAS @ 6:31 am

hi there aryan-

i thought you were singing “all of god’s people let us
down somehow…eventually…eventually”…that’s also
a great song…put me down on your list to purchase a cd
soon as it comes off the machine…

first night wasn’t idyllic, sure…but still astonishing & interesting…
and the contrast between the punk performance and the rich tones
made the second night so much more special…

i said it was historic, and i really got that feeling, that
i was part of something big there…you know like the first
sex pistols gig in the art school, where there were only a
handful of people, but it later turned out that everybody
was there – siouxsie, billy idol, whatever & etc…so it
really felt momentous…i sort of joked about writing a
review about it, but i don’t think it’s possible…it was
too much…words could only make it smaller…
fuck it, i can’t tell you…it was spiritual…and perfect…

so goodnight then…

anton krueger

November 20, 2005

onder in my whiskeyglas

Filed under: freedom fighter,kaganof,koos kombuis — ABRAXAS @ 5:09 am

Hi Aryan, a reggae version of Whiskeyglas should sound great, would love to hear it ! You do not need my permission to perform the song in your live set, as long as you notify SAMRO of your performances ! I letter below grants permission for you to record the song, you must give this letter to SARRAL.
Thanks, Koos
For Attention: SARRAL

Date: 19 August 2005

Herewith permission is granted for the recording of the song titled Onder in My Whiskeyglas (Author/Composer: A. du Toit alias Koos Kombuis; Publisher: Trapsuutjies Uitgewers – SARRAL)
by Aryan Kaganof and the band Freedom Fighter.
All mechanical royalties must be paid to SARRAL.

Thank you.

André du Toit
For Trapsuutjies Uitgewers
PO Box 2055
Somerset West
7129
Tel 0837441270
kombuis@new.co.za