2012’s essay London’s Overthrow, a diagnostic snapshot of the city between riots and Olympics, has had various incarnations - in a magazine, online, in print. And now it is available in French from Pocket, along with a new introduction for French readers. With our thanks to the publishers for their permission, here we reproduce that introduction in English.
This is a peculiar political moment, feeling by abrupt turn deadened and static, increasingly apocalyptic, and unexpectedly, wrenchingly generative of Sehnsucht, all in lurching rhythmless rhythm. It's an indication of this unpredictability that scant weeks after they were written, the concluding tenor of the reflections that follow already feels too bleak. We’re a very long way from inaugurating a moment of political buoyancy or boisterousness, but it is a cautious, embattled joy to feel - as we do, as will be made more clear from Salvage’s new Perspectives document, shortly to be published in issue 2 and online - as if the carapace of neoliberalism is, even for a moment, even a crack less hermetic and sealed now than when what follows was written.
The introduction below may prove to be wrong, a museum-piece, out of date. We do not expect, but fervently hope, that this is so.