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 8: SPRING / SUMMER 2020
Comrades, This is Madness
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.
9 October 1957 – 3 May 2020
Neil Davidson 9 October 1957 – 3 May 2020 It is with great sadness that we report the death of our comrade, friend, and contributor Neil Davidson. We cannot even begin here to acknowledge the political, intellectual and personal inspiration that Neil gave both to...
Neil Davidson 9 October 1957 - 3 May 2020 It is with great sadness that we report the death of our comrade, friend, and contributor Neil Davidson. We cannot even begin here to acknowledge the political, intellectual and personal inspiration that Neil gave both to...
Thirty-seven years ago, Christopher responded to an old-fashioned print ad that I had placed. He wrote me a letter, and we talked on the phone. When we arranged to meet in person, I knew he was older than I was. But somehow I had failed to imagine what he might look...
The clinics have failed. The current British system for trans healthcare provision combines unsustainable centralisation with chronic underprovision. Increasing demand for trans healthcare has coincided with the stripping of resources due to austerity. With only fifteen GICs in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, lags of two to three years before accessing hormones are a new norm.
Now we are all unclean. No one is innocent. All are potential carriers, even if we don’t have symptoms, even if we never receive verification or falsification of our transmitter-status. Now we must do what we can to protect others, including countless whom we will never meet, from ourselves.
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