ISSUE 8: SPRING / SUMMER 2020
Comrades, This is Madness
The realities of global exposure and interdependency should accelerate the case for democratically credible, post-imperial structures of global coordination and an attendant ethos of radical internationalism. Alas, amidst the seemingly naïve utopianism of any such corrective, we see instead nationalism readying itself to claim the void.
Welcome into my cavern of illusory productivity.
Sometimes you have to burn down the precinct before anyone listens.
The coronavirus crisis is visiting a global, economic and social calamity upon humanity.
The consequences of the pandemic and the shutdown will reconfigure the world and its political economy on a scale not seen in our lifetimes.
Everywhere we look there are plantation managers and overseers, kneeling over black bodies, shooting into crowds, ramming jeeps through protest lines, chasing joggers, calling the cops, demanding rent.
If neoliberalism were a Platonic Republic, Bruno Latour would likely be its philosopher-king.
We simply can’t understand the world we live in without an understanding of capitalism. One of the lessons I take from intersectionality is the multiple and discontinuous ways that gender, race, sexuality, ability, nationality, etc are fundamentally interconstituted.
From the perspective of earthly life, capitalism differs little from colliding with a massive meteorite.
As the subtitle of this piece suggests, this is the third in a series of online editorials responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. The first, ‘The Mask of the Red Death’, was published on 21 March, the second, ‘We Are All Unclean’ on 20 April. Our forthcoming issue, #8:...
There are no sirens mounted on the roof at Tree of Life. No one expects death to happen here. The sirens come later.
Like many things, Salvage #8 was a little disrupted by the global pandemic, but it’s at the printers and if you’re a print subscriber, it’s on its way to you very soon.
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