Murphy Ranch

Tangled in the undergrowth of Rustic Canyon, a couple of miles’ walk up the Sullivan Ridge fire road from the manicured absurdity of Pacific Palisades, lie the ruins of one of L.A.’s more unusual landmarks. Not much remains of Murphy Ranch these days – just a series of crumbling concrete foundations, twisted, burnt-out skeletons of abandoned buildings, and a weird atmosphere. For while the graffiti-tagged wreckage of yesterday’s industry is no rarity in the hills around Los Angeles, cradle to so many wacko cults and Read more ›

A Living Revolution Shofar review

Randall Amster (2011) Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Volume 29, Issue 3, pages 175-7

It would be hard to overstate the importance of James Horrox’s slim 2009 volume A Living Revolution: Anarchism in the Kibbutz Movement. Given the centrality of Israel’s role in the geopolitical landscape, as well as its obvious imbrications within the larger workings of the American military-industrial complex, any text that cogently highlights an alternative narrative at the heart of Israel’s national ethos merits our critical attention. The fact that Horrox is able to accomplish this aim so spectacularly and vividly Read more ›