Acting as if one is Already Free: David Graeber’s Political Economy and the Strategic Impasse of the Left

Graeber’s _Bullshit Jobs_ was a best-seller, but its critique of modern work has only just begun to impact conventional leftist politics. The same goes for his major ‘theoretical’ work, _Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value_ – a more academic, but richly insightful, work. His insights should offer critical guidance to the Left, in today’s bleak political context.

Salvage Perspectives #9: That Hideous Strength

Far more of Biden’s voters chose him on the basis of opposing the other candidate, than did Trump’s. Should the Democratic vote collapse, should turnout slide again, as seems eminently likely, particularly on the basis of this unenthusiastic foundation, it is not unlikely that a Trump-style candidate – if not Trump himself – could achieve a majority of the popular vote as well as an electoral college win. 

Getting Dressed for a Pandemic

I’ve been wearing the same shit this whole time.

The Tragedy of the Worker Audiobook

An audio recording of the editorial essay The Tragedy of the Worker from Salvage 7, read by the Salvage Editorial Collective. Sound editing by Duncan Thomas. 

Universalist, Bisexual Ambivalence: An Interview with Daniel Guérin

The following piece first appeared in print in Salvage #8: Comrades, This is Madness, our latest issue. Issue 8 is available to buy individually here. Our poetry, fiction and art remains exclusive to the print edition, and our subscribers have...

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Acting as if one is Already Free: David Graeber’s Political Economy and the Strategic Impasse of the Left

Acting as if one is Already Free: David Graeber’s Political Economy and the Strategic Impasse of the Left

Graeber’s _Bullshit Jobs_ was a best-seller, but its critique of modern work has only just begun to impact conventional leftist politics. The same goes for his major ‘theoretical’ work, _Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value_ – a more academic, but richly insightful, work. His insights should offer critical guidance to the Left, in today’s bleak political context.

Salvage Perspectives #9: That Hideous Strength

Salvage Perspectives #9: That Hideous Strength

Far more of Biden’s voters chose him on the basis of opposing the other candidate, than did Trump’s. Should the Democratic vote collapse, should turnout slide again, as seems eminently likely, particularly on the basis of this unenthusiastic foundation, it is not unlikely that a Trump-style candidate – if not Trump himself – could achieve a majority of the popular vote as well as an electoral college win. 

The Phallic Road to Socialism

The Phallic Road to Socialism

The following piece first appeared in print in Salvage #8: Comrades, This is Madness, our latest issue. Issue 8 is available to buy individually here. Our poetry, fiction and art remains exclusive to the print edition, and our subscribers have exclusive access to some...

Mothering Against the World: Momrades Against Motherhood

Mothering Against the World: Momrades Against Motherhood

The following piece first appeared in print in Salvage #8: Comrades, This is Madness, our latest issue. Issue 8 is available to buy individually here. Our poetry, fiction and art remains exclusive to the print edition, and our subscribers have exclusive access to some...


ISSUE 9: AUTUMN / WINTER 2020

That Hideous Strength

 

Acting as if one is Already Free: David Graeber’s Political Economy and the Strategic Impasse of the Left

Graeber’s _Bullshit Jobs_ was a best-seller, but its critique of modern work has only just begun to impact conventional leftist politics. The same goes for his major ‘theoretical’ work, _Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value_ – a more academic, but richly insightful, work. His insights should offer critical guidance to the Left, in today’s bleak political context.

Salvage Perspectives #9: That Hideous Strength

Far more of Biden’s voters chose him on the basis of opposing the other candidate, than did Trump’s. Should the Democratic vote collapse, should turnout slide again, as seems eminently likely, particularly on the basis of this unenthusiastic foundation, it is not unlikely that a Trump-style candidate – if not Trump himself – could achieve a majority of the popular vote as well as an electoral college win. 

Stand Back: Reflections on a Memoir I Wrote Too Soon

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.

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