All entries by this author

An essential guide to those technological totems and taboos which help us navigate the chaotic terrain of today’s mediascape.

Mar 25th, 2013 | By

The Totem Redux The totem is dead and buried; both as a way to help organize social cohesion (for participants) and as a model for the mapping of any given group (for observers). After all, it has been over half a century since the doyen of structuralist anthropology, Claude Levi-Strauss delivered his influential funeral oration

[continue reading…]



Negative Capitalism – Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era

Mar 20th, 2013 | By

Tested in the fire of violent politics, financial chicken, depression, online sex and cynicism, comes a vicious love-letter to contemporary life. What is Negative Capitalism? When was the last time you had a couple of days of just relaxation, without the pretext of a holiday, which didn’t involve checking emails, buying things, or guiltily trying

[continue reading…]



Hungry Capital – Luigi Russi

Mar 15th, 2013 | By

Russi issues a stark warning, as he identifies how the drive for profits and the deregulation of commodity trading are re-shaping the business strategies of the large corporations who procure, broker and reassemble our food. The result is the acceleration of the ecological crises facing the food supply. David Barling, Reader in Food Policy, City

[continue reading…]



Capitalist Realism

Mar 8th, 2013 | By

Guest Blog from Mark Fisher I often joke that, as I was completing Capitalist Realism in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, it felt as if capitalism might be finished before the book was. Yet it was very soon clear that the crisis had not ended capitalism, nor had it ended capitalist realism.

[continue reading…]



Clampdown – Pop-cultural wars on class and gender

Mar 5th, 2013 | By

THE GREATER ROCK‘N’ROLL SWINDLE by Rhian E. Jones ‘A given socio-historical moment is never homogeneous; on the contrary, it is rich in contradictions.’ – Antonio Gramsci ‘Rock’n’roll is not just an important part of our culture… It’s immensely important to the future of this country.’ – Tony Blair, 1994 The picture taken in July 1997 at

[continue reading…]



Beyond Capitalism? The future of radical politics – Luke Cooper and Simon Hardy

Mar 1st, 2013 | By

Challenges for a new left Has capitalism lost its capacity for internal renewal – to reform under the pressures of its own crises and antagonisms? Speaking back in 1996 on his book, The Future of Capitalism, Lester Thurow reflected on how social progress had been achieved in the 20th century. He anticipated that the decline of left

[continue reading…]



Eddie the Kid: Sexual Violence, Socialism and the Left

Feb 26th, 2013 | By

Guest Post by Leo Zeilig I have spent most of my adult life in a far-left organisation. The party’s organisers—my comrades—are strong and dedicated fighters against sexism. My earliest memories in the party are of clear and sharp reprimands when I spoke of women as ‘girls’, or, on one occasion, as a new member, spoke about

[continue reading…]



The Prince and the Wolf, Graham Harman

Feb 26th, 2013 | By

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT – THE PRINCE AND THE WOLF Too often debates are sterile. Each participant lines up behind the other, each with their own point of view. All is on show but nothing much happens. This debate is different. Something happened. Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick Author of Non-representational Theory: Space, Politics,

[continue reading…]



Superactually by Chuk Moran

Feb 18th, 2013 | By

Section on Talking When mammals live together, they purr and bark. Talking gets dinner ready, people to places on time, and merchandise out the door. There are many forces changing the world. Talk is one. How Are You When someone says, ‘words don’t mean, they function,’ isn’t it a performative contradiction? Doesn’t that sentence depend

[continue reading…]



On the Unhappiness of Being Greek, Nikos Dimou

Feb 14th, 2013 | By

If Noam Chomsky and Gore Vidal have a Greek analogue, it is Nikos Dimou, one of the most fertile minds of his generation. This book is a series of 193 mostly brief, often cutting and at times satirical aphorisms about Greece and Greeks. In the postscript, Dimou writes: I have tried, simply, to articulate my

[continue reading…]