#1: Amid This Stony Rubbish
Art by Laura Oldfield Ford, Karen Mirza and Season Butler
Poetry by Franco Fortini, Kunle Wizeman Ajayi and Caitlín Doherty
Fiction by Mark Bould
Perspectives #1: Amid This Stony Rubbish
by the Salvage Editorial Collective
On the fallacies of hope; skip-diving as heuristic; the need for earned pessimism; and on salvage.
Don’t Mourn, Accelerate
by Jamie Allinson
Radical theory feels the need for speed. Fad? Frippery? Or fillip? Communism, like the epoch, gets fast and furious.
Marxism for Whores
by Magpie Corvid
Hacking through exoticism, shaming and disavowed fascination with a Marx-shaped machete.
Communism Without Guarantees: On Franco Fortini
by Alberto Toscano
A Reclamation of and (re-)introduction to the scandalously neglected expounder of a salvage-Marxism avant la letter.
by Franco Fortini
On fidelity with melancholy and without illusions.
Bring Back Fanon
by Franco Fortini
In respect, with disputational marginalia, and in gratitude.
To Be Young in a Time of Crisis
by Kevin Ovenden
In the brutalised and storied Greek nation, with tragedy in surplus, every particular death can be an optic into the crisis.
From Ferguson to #BlackLivesMatter
by Trish Kahle
Updates from the frontiers of grief and unfolding rage, as the streets challenge a police methodology of racialised murder.
Neoliberalism as the Agent of Capitalist Self-Destruction
by Neil Davidson
What happens when strategies for management become autophagous? If the rich ruin the predicates of their richness?
Wish We Were Here: A Melancholy Postcard
by Joana Ramiro
Snapshots from a visit to Greece, frozen frames from the early days of an embattled rebellion.
Against the Anthropocene
by Daniel Hartley
On epochs, agency, accumulation, ideology, industrialism, agriculture, and the necessary indifference to catastrophe.
They’re Not Racist But: UKIP and the Crisis of Britain
by Richard Seymour
Towards a genealogy and analysis of a loathsome British symptom, and on the shrewdness of faux dissidents and hard-right ‘clowns’.
Re-asking the Housing Question
by Mary Robertson
Bricks and mortar after Engels, the assetisation of the home, commodified shelter, bubbles and trouble and class struggle.
The Limits of Utopia
by China Miéville
Bad Hope as the enemy of revolt, in an era of too much, as well as too little, utopia; too much apocalypse; too much their crossbreed.
Building a Sex Workers’ Trade Union: Challenges and Perspectives
by Morgane Merteuil
The grind of unionisation in a sector at the sharp end of not only mainstream, but of too much left and ‘feminist’ spite.
Dancing on the Grave: Salvage, The Walking Dead and the End of Days
by Nicholas Beuret and Gareth Brown
A digging and sifting in the boneyards and junkyards of culture, to find out where we are. There will be shambling and decay.
Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow: Indian Fascism Now
by Pablo Mukherjee
In a moribund politics, ruins may be that which is most alive. Against the fantasies of reaction, a submerged history of water.
From Issue 1
It is a far from straightforward decision to found a union in a sector in which such an organisation has never existed before. For the most part, trade unions today have a (long) history: it may not be rare for workers to join a union, but it certainly is for them to...
The culture of the Anthropocene crawls with narratives of survival. A quick glance at the last few years’ TV and cinema listings reveals a plethora of such things, suggesting that the public appetite is strong enough for these narratives now to be considered an aspect...
And that will be England gone, The shadows, the meadows, the lanes, The guildhalls, the carved choirs. – Philip Larkin The British crisis has a human form. A shabby, caecilian smile. The rorty bray of an arriviste thug. The exasperated air of a lone trader fighting...
How have we lived, in the last thirty years? Before replying, try to read the conclusions of this book*, which did so much in its time. The first of eight Italian editions is from 1962, one year after the French, a few months before Fanon's death. The revolt of the...
Marxism is an ephemeral, partisan knowledge. The obsessiveness with which it has sought to secure its documents against the vicissitudes of struggle is perhaps an ironic statement to the condition of a thought and practice whose apotheosis, like that of the...
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...
The Anthropocene is a term geologists have begun using to refer to a new geological epoch, in which the action of humans has had such a dramatic effect upon the Earth’s climate, land, oceans and biosphere that humanity itself must now be considered a geological force...
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...
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...