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Destroying the Means of Planetary Destruction: In Conversation with Andreas Malm

In urgent times comes the urgent necessity of new hedonism, and
of inflicting losses on our enemies, of revelling in certain fires.

So Much for Radical Pedagogy: In Conversation with Helen Charman

Radical difficulty, the political power of necessary embarrassment, working-class life, dignity and poetry.

Scotland After Covid-19: Independence, Nationalism and the Myth of Devolution 

On relative merits of relative ruling-class competence to the north.

Jewophobia Now

The most important takeaway here is that anti-Semitic thinking is not a problem of excessive radicalism, as ‘the New Anti-Semitism’ theory has it, but rather insufficient radicalism – the failure to think structurally about problems of capitalism.

On Natural and Femme Excess: An Insistence

To anyone who has been told that the only way you’ll be taken seriously, tolerated, allowed to do what you want, be worthy of love, is if you tone it down – look around you! The ugly, suicidal world is in desperate need, above all else, of your beauty and of care. Of aesthetics and healing. Ornament and communism.

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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...

ISSUE 10: SPRING / SUMMER 2021

The Disorder of the Future

 

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From the Archive

Open letter to the picket-line crossers

Open letter to the picket-line crossers

Dear colleague, Over the past few weeks of the UCU strike to defend pensions, you have repeatedly crossed picket lines of lecturers and students from your institution. Many of us have asked you to support an action aimed at preventing the imposition of pension poverty...

This Is Why We Hate You: December Editorial

This Is Why We Hate You: December Editorial

What is there to say?  What can Salvage possibly add by way of ‘encouragement’, ‘propaganda’, ‘intervention’, with regard to the forthcoming British General Election, that has not been said already by those with far greater reach and impact than us? That our readers...

Losing the North

Losing the North

Just how serious is Labour’s problem in the North of England? As Lewis Baston points out, the journalistic cliche of the ‘red wall’ that developed over the last few weeks is highly misleading. The myth resonates because it stems from a partial historical truth....