FICTION by Mark Bould Milton Friedman, 31 July 1912–16 November 2006 Shake any Jewish comedian, they say, and one of two things will fall out: a joke about kvetching or a story about Milton Friedman. Little-known outside of Jewish-American comedy circles, Friedman died of heart failure last week at the age of 94.
by Trish Kahle Before the streets erupt, they seethe. On an unseasonably warm late December day in 2014, I woke up to the news that just a few miles from my apartment, the police had killed again. On Christmas Day, Terrence Gilbert sat on his porch contemplating suicide. Someone called the police for help, and instead of helping, they shot the twenty-five-year-old twice in the abdomen, killing him.1
by Jamie Allinson Among the more popular tropes of science fiction is the skewed timeline hypothesis. The protagonist – most famously in the story ‘The Sound of Thunder’ by Ray Bradbury – unwittingly alters the reality with which the story began, creating an alternate and usually worse version of the universe.
Why Salvage? Salvage because we are wrecked. Because we need a strategy for ruination.
by Mary Robertson Chronic under-supply, crippling unaffordability, and – for the first time in a century – deteriorating physical conditions, are pushing housing to the forefront of political and economic debate in Britain. It is an indication of its breadth and severity that we are spoiled for choice in seeking a headline figure that encapsulates Britain’s housing crisis.
by Neil Davidson 1 The neoliberal era can be retrospectively identified as beginning with the economic crisis of 1973, or, more precisely, with the strategic response of state managers and employers to that crisis. Previous eras in the history of capitalism have tended to close with the onset of further period of systemic crisis; 1973, for example, saw the end of the era of state capitalism which began in 1929.
by Magpie Corvid My story is the same as many thousands of people who have found themselves unable to find steady, decently paid work. Our story is about austerity; we are everywhere, subsisting on meagre benefits, part-time work and a few occasional jobs. Some of us go into business for ourselves; some of us make websites; some of us fix cars, and some of us do sex work.
by China Miéville Dystopias infect official reports. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) demands a shift in our emissions by a third to avoid utter disaster. KPMG, in the leaden chattiness of corporate powerpoint-ese, sees the same horizon. NASA part-funds a report warning that systemic civilizational collapse ‘is difficult to avoid.’ We may quibble with the models, but not that the end of everything is right out there, for everyone to discuss.