December 2021

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Previous Events

Facing irreversible climate change, the planet is en route to apocalypse. What does it mean to be a communist after we have hit a climate tipping point?

Annie Olaloku-Teriba and Barnaby Raine are joined by Richard Seymour and Rosie Warren, two members of the Salvage Collective, for a discussion of capitalism’s death drive, the left’s complicated entanglements with fossil fuels, the rising tide of fascism, and other themes related to the newly published Tragedy of the Worker.

Amidst the ruins and future wreckage of climate catastrophe they argue that Salvage Communism is our only path toward a liberated future on a habitable planet. This discussion was co-hosted with Verso Books.

Contemporary capitalism relies heavily on an inter-connected working class which extends across borders. Cross-border production and supply chains, logistics networks, and retail and service firms have aligned and fused a growing number of workers into one common class, regardless of where they happen to live. While money moves without restriction, the movement of displaced migrant workers across borders is restricted and violently punished.

Annie Olaloku-Teriba is joined by Justin Akers and Chloe Haralambous to discuss the differences and similarities between Fortress USA and Fortress Europe, examine how to effectively dismantle their respective border regimes, and explain how borders work (and for whom). 

Decolonization has become a recurring subject in an endless stream of op-eds, think pieces, and books. Yet despite so much ink spent on the topic there seems to be little agreement on what exactly we want to achieve by ‘decolonizing’ something. How do contempary movements for decolonization – emerging almost exclusively from universities, museums and art institutions – relate to the aims and achievements of the national liberation movements that dismantled colonial states?

Annie Olaloku-Teriba and Barnaby Raine are joined by fellow Salvage editor Kevin Ochieng Okoth’s to discuss what today’s calls to decolonize can learn from the struggles that defeated imperial powers in the twentieth century.

 In the absence of mass fascist parties, paramilitary organizations and civic associations, the new far right has congealed largely through social media. From Donald Trump’s unique role as a social industry agitator to the upsurge of armed white supremacist militias against Black Lives Matter, the question is whether the reactionary authoritarian mobs coalescing today represent an inchoate fascism, or the dying convulsions of declining sources of conservatism from whiteness to patriarchy.

Annie Olaloku-Teriba and Barnaby Raine are joined by fellow Salvage editor Richard Seymour and Nikhil Pal Singh to discuss how the left should understand today’s growing far right.

The anarchist theorist and anthropologist David Graeber died last year – far too young – and produced an outpouring of grief across the global Left. Occurring as it did, during the last quarter of a long, bleak year, with few prospects of dramatic improvements ahead, the loss of Graeber’s optimism not only of the will, but of the intellect, was felt as a body blow.

Annie Olaloku-Teriba and Barnaby Raine are joined by James Meadway – whose Salvage 9 piece explores Graeber’s thought in depth and Hannah Appel – David Graeber’s friend and collaborator – on the lessons offered to the Left by Graeber’s life and thought.