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.
ISSUE 8: SPRING / SUMMER 2020
Comrades, This is Madness
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.
What do you do with a guy who balks at maintaining social distance, in language approaching that of evangelical pastors encouraging their congregants to shake hands?
The full dimensions not of the Covid state have yet to emerge. Since the state is at any time, as Poulantzas put it, a form-determined, ‘material condensation of the balance of class forces’, its shape is to be contested. What can be immediately dismissed, however, is the idea that any form of socialism is afoot.
‘We are at war,’ Emmanuel Macron declares. ‘A health war. We are not at war with an army or another nation…but a disease.’ War economy, if not war socialism, looms.
Interview conducted by Rosa Burc & George Souvlis Can you start by talking about your formative political and academic experiences? My parents emigrated to the United States from Bombay, India in the late 1960s. My father had been an engineer working for ESSO, my...
Fascism without fascism. In an age in which things are unclear, tendencies yet to congeal, political substances yet to find their settled form, we have to resort to contradiction. Theory must be as indeterminate, and speculative, as reality itself: a roll of the dice.
Life exists in Vernadskian space. A globe, twenty-five kilometres deep, from the oceanic abyss to the outer limit of the troposphere. A biosphere, to the destruction of which, humanity is witness, and of which, perpetrator.
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At the launch of David Roediger’s collection, Race, Class and Marxism it was invigorating to see so many people crowd into the un-air-conditioned space on a hot Friday evening to hear four brilliant thinkers talk about race. And so it was dispiriting that during...
A glance at the results of the Italian election in March confirms that the trend towards the populist right continues to gather strength in Europe. Support for the Five Star Movement sharply increased in the southern regions and in the islands particularly. I had...
How should we dream of this place without us?—
The sun mere fire, the leaves untroubled about us,
A stone look on the stone’s face?
—Richard Wilbur, ‘Advice to a Prophet’