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The Year of Prophetic Desire

the forebodings about fascism hardly begin and end with wafer-thin analyses of ‘authoritarianism’, or analogy by listicle or Churchwellian checklist. Nor, by corollary, can they be resolved by determining what Trump was able to do in office. Trump was an inexperienced political outsider propelled into a hostile institutional complex.

Decolonisation and its Discontents: Rethinking the Cycle of National Liberation

how do contemporary movements for decolonisation – emerging almost exclusively from universities, museums and arts institutions – relate to the historical process of decolonisation enacted by the national liberation movements of the twentieth century? 

The Ground Under Our Feet

Despite that danger, we kept marching. We met outside until it was truly too cold to do so. Covid-19 made it nerve-wracking to be there in person at all, but doing that one thing that, I guess, so many people saw as limiting their individual freedom – wearing masks – allowed us to be out on the street fighting for our collective freedom.

Palestinian Labour, Unconquered

For the first time since the First Intifada beginning in 1987, Palestinian resistance was united across Gaza, the West Bank and 1948 Israel.

The Anarchist in the Network

On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.

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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

 

The Year of Prophetic Desire

the forebodings about fascism hardly begin and end with wafer-thin analyses of ‘authoritarianism’, or analogy by listicle or Churchwellian checklist. Nor, by corollary, can they be resolved by determining what Trump was able to do in office. Trump was an inexperienced political outsider propelled into a hostile institutional complex.

Decolonisation and its Discontents: Rethinking the Cycle of National Liberation

how do contemporary movements for decolonisation – emerging almost exclusively from universities, museums and arts institutions – relate to the historical process of decolonisation enacted by the national liberation movements of the twentieth century? 

The Ground Under Our Feet

Despite that danger, we kept marching. We met outside until it was truly too cold to do so. Covid-19 made it nerve-wracking to be there in person at all, but doing that one thing that, I guess, so many people saw as limiting their individual freedom – wearing masks – allowed us to be out on the street fighting for our collective freedom.

Palestinian Labour, Unconquered

For the first time since the First Intifada beginning in 1987, Palestinian resistance was united across Gaza, the West Bank and 1948 Israel.

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From the Archive

The Covid State: Dispatch Three from a Changing World

The Covid State: Dispatch Three from a Changing World

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.