Salvage Editions is a series of short books, edited by the Salvage Collective.

Salvage Editions intervene in the key theoretical and political questions thrown up by our moment in ways both politically incisive and stylistically ambitious and engaged. Since 2015, Salvage has been publishing essays, poetry, fiction and visual art in its print edition, currently published twice a year. Over the years and issues, a cluster of concerns has emerged as core to Salvage’s project, including the global political economy; modern political subjectivity; the social industries; sexuality, race and identity; and eco-socialism.

Red Africa: Reclaiming Revolutionary Black Politics

 

Kevin Okoth

Excavating the history of Marxism and Black revolutionary politics

Red Africa makes the case for a revolutionary Black politics inspired by Marxist anticolonial struggles in Africa. Contemporary debates on Black radicalism and decolonisation have lost sight of the concerns that animated their twentieth-century intellectual forebears. Okoth responds, challenging the claim that Marxism and Black radicalism are incompatible and showing that both are embraced in the anti-imperialist tradition he calls ‘Red Africa’.

The politics of Black revolutionary writers Eduardo Mondlane, Amílcar Cabral, Walter Rodney and Andrée Blouin gesture toward a decolonised future that never materialised – instead it was betrayed, violently sup- pressed, or erased. We might yet build something new from the ruins of national liberation, something which sustains the utopian promise of freedom and refuses to surrender. Red Africa is a political project that hopes to salvage what remains of this tradition.

Abolish the Family: A Manifesto for Care and Liberation

 

Sophie Lewis

What if family were not the only place you might hope to feel safe, loved, cared for and accepted?

What if we could do better than the family?

We need to talk about the family. For those who are lucky, families can be filled with love and care, but for many they are sites of pain: from abandonment and neglect, to abuse and violence. Nobody is more likely to harm you than your family.

Even in so-called happy families, the unpaid, unacknowledged work that it takes to raise children and care for each other is endless and exhausting. It could be otherwise: in this urgent, incisive polemic, leading feminist critic Sophie Lewis makes the case for family abolition.

Abolish the Family traces the history of family abolitionist demands, beginning with nineteenth century utopian socialist and sex radical Charles Fourier, the Communist Manifesto and early-twentieth century Russian family abolitionist Alexandra Kollontai. Turning her attention to the 1960s, Lewis reminds us of the anti-family politics of radical feminists like Shulamith Firestone and the gay liberationists, a tradition she traces to the queer marxists bringing family abolition to the twenty-first century. This exhilarating essay looks at historic rightwing panic about Black families and the violent imposition of the family on indigenous communities, and insists: only by thinking beyond the family can we begin to imagine what might come after.

The Tragedy of the Worker: Towards the Proletarocene

 

The Salvage Collective

Facing irreversible climate change, the planet is on route to apocalypse

To understand the scale of what faces us and how it ramifies through every corner of our lives is to marvel at our inaction. Why aren’t we holding emergency meetings in every city, town and village every week?

What is to be done to create a planet where a communist horizon offers a new dawn to replace our planetary twilight? What does it mean to be a communist after we have hit a climate tipping point?

The Tragedy of the Worker reflects on capitalism’s death drive, the left’s complicated entanglements with fossil fuels, and the rising tide of fascism. In response, the Salvage Collective proposes Salvage Communism, a programme of restoration and reparation that must precede any luxury communism, setting out a new way to think about the Anthropocene. The Tragedy of the Worker demands an alternative future – the Proletarocene – one capable of repairing the ravages of capitalism and restoring the world.