Big Flame and Eternal Return

Fans of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica will be familiar with the concept of eternal return, in which the universe repeats itself with similar concerns. The show’s prophetic mantra is, “All this has happened before, and all this will happen again.”

This was very much the feeling generated when reading through the very interesting archives of Big Flame, “a Revolutionary Socialist Feminist organisation with a working class orientation in England. Founded in Liverpool in 1970, the group initially grew rapidly in the then prevailing climate on the left with branches appearing in a number of cities.”

The section on “men’s politics,” which canvasses articles from 1979-1983, feels spookily like pro-feminist debates at the beginning of 2010. All this has happened before, and all this will happen again? I don’t buy the fatalistic nature of it, even if the evidence suggests otherwise.