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The Modern Monetary Trick

It seems that MMT eventually just boils down to offering a theory to justify unrestricted government spending to sustain and/or restore full employment. That’s its task, and no other. This is why it attracts support in the reformist left of the labour movement. But this apparent virtue of MMT hides its much greater vice as an obstacle for real change.

Regrets and Joys: The Temporality of Transgender Experience

The transgender child in want of redemption includes not only the children who are alive as children today, but the former child inside every trans adult, and every trans person in history whose future was cut off by violence, suicide, disease, or neglect. The present turn in the discourse around trans childhood depends largely on misrepresenting what it means for a child to be recognised as transgender, so correction is one tiresomely necessary task.

Brexit From Below: Nation, Race and Class

Still in mourning, the left shouldn’t accept the right-wing’s culture wars narrative that the small towns of this country are lost to the old and racist, and the cities are for the young multiracial Left. The penetration of BLM into Leave-voting places like Rugby or Stoke-on-Trent, let alone other towns and areas that have never before seen anti-racist mobilisations, should be a source of optimism for our side. It should force us to rethink and re-embrace the potentiality of constructing the types of social blocs which Corbynism once provided an example of.

Brexit From Above: British Capital and the Tensions in Global Capital Accumulation

Is pessimism then in order? Are the working class of the countries newly dominated by capital and globalisation quiescent; and has the traditional compact working class of the old capitalist countries been dissolved, to be replaced by a fragmented mass of workers prey to populist rhetoric? There are other ways of assessing the global situation.

The Resources of Reaction

I can see the value of electoral campaigns, and I don’t think it’s stupid to connect with a popular ‘common sense’ that is well to the right of where socialists are. But how do you change common sense? How do you lead? That’s the question you have to ask if you don’t want to be merely opportunistic.

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On Natural and Femme Excess: An Insistence

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.

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. 

ISSUE 10: SPRING / SUMMER 2021

The Disorder of the Future

 

The Modern Monetary Trick

It seems that MMT eventually just boils down to offering a theory to justify unrestricted government spending to sustain and/or restore full employment. That’s its task, and no other. This is why it attracts support in the reformist left of the labour movement. But this apparent virtue of MMT hides its much greater vice as an obstacle for real change.

Regrets and Joys: The Temporality of Transgender Experience

The transgender child in want of redemption includes not only the children who are alive as children today, but the former child inside every trans adult, and every trans person in history whose future was cut off by violence, suicide, disease, or neglect. The present turn in the discourse around trans childhood depends largely on misrepresenting what it means for a child to be recognised as transgender, so correction is one tiresomely necessary task.

Brexit From Below: Nation, Race and Class

Still in mourning, the left shouldn’t accept the right-wing’s culture wars narrative that the small towns of this country are lost to the old and racist, and the cities are for the young multiracial Left. The penetration of BLM into Leave-voting places like Rugby or Stoke-on-Trent, let alone other towns and areas that have never before seen anti-racist mobilisations, should be a source of optimism for our side. It should force us to rethink and re-embrace the potentiality of constructing the types of social blocs which Corbynism once provided an example of.

Brexit From Above: British Capital and the Tensions in Global Capital Accumulation

Is pessimism then in order? Are the working class of the countries newly dominated by capital and globalisation quiescent; and has the traditional compact working class of the old capitalist countries been dissolved, to be replaced by a fragmented mass of workers prey to populist rhetoric? There are other ways of assessing the global situation.

Lydda Junction

The attack on Lydda airport in 1937 was not an isolated incident. It was, in fact, merely one instance of a wider, coordinated rebellion of Palestinians that lasted three years, from 1936-9 – one of the most significant anti-colonial uprisings of the interwar period.

Disrupting the Flow of Normalisation: Confronting the Infrastructural Terrain of Gulf-Israel Relations

Israel’s violence spreads well-beyond the carceral lines of the Israeli state; its coveted tech can now be seen on full display at one of the world’s largest trade shows. Israeli technology proliferates because Israel has a proven track record of controlling threats and erasing disruptions.

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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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...