The Positive in the Negative aims to provide throughts and analysis on contemporary society. The site content reflects the interests of the site administrator, Chris Gilligan.
The main subjects that the site covers are on the inter-related themes of immigration controls/racisms/nationalisms/populisms and resistance to these: migrant resistance/emancipatory anti-racism/internationalism/self-organisation of ‘the masses’.
The worldview that informs these posts is the emancipatory humanism of Karl Marx, and its further development by Raya Dunayevskaya, the founder of Marxist-Humanism in the USA.
In writing the posts for this site Chris Gilligan draws on years of experience of being actively involved in emancipatory left activity. In the twenty-first century this has involved work with the Refugee Action Group (Belfast, now defunct), Scottish Detainee Visitors (Glasgow), Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet), Open Borders Scotland (now defunct) and the Marxist-Humanist Initiative (MHI) (Chris Gilligan is no longer actively involved with any of these organisations). The activity has also involved writing for a large number of left publications, and ongoing activity with the revolutionary grassroots unionism of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).
Chris Gilligan’s understanding of Marxist-Humanism has developed, and continues to develop, through critical reflection on his previous involvement in the vanguard partyism of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) (the British party not the American one). An approach to political activity that he now rejects. Some of this critical reflection is available on this site, in the section The forward retreat of the RCP.
To explore the site click on one of the themes (below) or in the ‘Categories’ dropdown menu on the side.