Towards the Proletarocene: Salvage Relaunched

Salvage is – still – a journal of revolutionary arts and letters.  ‘Hope must be abandoned before it can be salvaged,’ we wrote at the time of our launch in 2015. Now that it appears hope is to be so salvaged – cautiously, urgently, warily,...

Gestational Decrim

‘Liberté, égalité, paternité!’ In France, a coalition headed up by the neoreactionary network ‘La Manif Pour Tous’ (the Demo for Everyone) is calling for a mass demonstration on 6 October 2019 to protest against a proposed law that would extend...

This is hell, nor am I out of it

History is a ‘strange teacher’, wrote Zbigniew Herbert. It supplies its survivors with ‘a dense and dark material’. What is the dense and dark material of recent years telling us? Everything that Jeremy Corbyn has achieved has been against all...
Silence In Debris: Towards an Apophatic Marxism

Silence In Debris: Towards an Apophatic Marxism

Once there had been the subterranean language with the underground forces. If speech at all then it was the spaces between words, and the echoes the words left, or what might be really meant under the surface. Ann Quin, ‘The Unmapped Country’ The problem with Marxism...

The Demise of the International Proletariat of France

The Demise of the International Proletariat of France

We had nearly the same number of immigrants twenty years ago. But they had another name then: they were called migrant workers or just plain workers. Today’s immigrant is first a worker who has lost his second name, who has lost the political form of his identity and...


ISSUE 7 – AUTUMN 2019

Towards the Proletarocene

  

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Guilt and the Left

Guilt and the Left

"Use every man after his desert, and who should 'scape whipping?" — Hamlet   For as long as I have been a part of the Left, for most activists there has been a tacit subjective injunction at various times to feel guilty about various things: the fact that some...

What happened to the workers’ movement?

What happened to the workers’ movement?

Too often people on the radical left find ourselves thinking with concepts we've inherited from the past that have become misleading because the realities to which the concepts refer have changed fundamentally. This happens a lot when we talk about the workers'...

The Plague of ‘Whiteness’

The Plague of ‘Whiteness’

“As long as you think you’re white,” James Baldwin said, “there’s no hope for you.” And if this seems counterintuitive — as though one might think white people are the only people with hope — he went on to say: “Insofar as you think you’re white, you’re irrelevant. We...

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SERF ‘n’ TERF

SERF ‘n’ TERF

As I sit down to write this, I am haunted by images circulating in the wake of another brutal murder. In one of them the person in question, still living, has the gloved hands of a Turkish riot cop on her arm. Hande Kader, may she rest in power, was a sex-working...

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