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Rubber Boats & the Planetary Class Struggle

By Richard B 28 October 2016

The global border regime excludes from transport those who most need to travel, with deadly consequences. While migrants resist and overcome state con...

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Policing the Knowledge Quarter

By Sam Dolbear 1 October 2016

Sam Dolbear takes a walk through the oppressive reality of Brexit era London   Granary Square is open to the sky but it also feels like a s...

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L(a)ying Down in the Banlieue

By Amy De'Ath 21 September 2016

Despite commonalities between feminist poetry and Marxist feminism, they have not often crossed paths. How might writing such as Bhanu Kapil’s Ban e...

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Exit Strategies: Danny Hayward’s Pragmatic Sanction

By Ed Luker 21 July 2016

'What if our possibility is grounded in the uncoordinated?', asks Pragmatic Sanction, Danny Hayward's ambitious long poem. Among other things it under...

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In Times of Political Ruin

By H. Gracchus 12 July 2016

Some reflections on post-referendum politics from H. Gracchus In these great times, which I have known since they were small; which shall become so...

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Notes from Non-Existence

By Heinrich Haine 28 June 2016

Heinrich Haine takes leave of Common Sense with the perverse claim that some of the working class live in Islington and not all are natural anglo-Engl...

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Sound Changes Sense

By Howard Slater 15 June 2016

In his exploration of the power of music and sonority to reveal forbidden zones of being, Tim Hodgkinson’s aesthetic thought suggests ways to connec...

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How It Is

By Sophie Carapetian 1 May 2019

An introduction by Nick Thoburn

Communist publishing, in its forms, processes, and relations, is traversed by crisis. This is not a lament, for crisis is its condition of existence, intrinsic to its singular quality and allure. Communist publishing emerges from conditions that are fundamentally hostile, and succeeds only insofar as it interrogates and undermines these conditions — it can have no happy accommodation with capitalist society.

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Free speech and the ‘snowflake’

By Keston Sutherland 1 April 2019

If, as advocates of free speech would have it, to speak the truth is to necessarily cause offence, what, asks Keston Sutherland, is the origin of the ...

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Re-gendering the Indebted Man: Female Subjectivity in the Argentine Financial Crisis

By George Jepson 20 March 2019

The austerity programme imposed by the IMF after Argentina’s 2001 economic crisis, far from imposing debt universally as Maurizio Lazzarato’s figu...

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MEMES WITH FORCE – LESSONS FROM THE YELLOW VESTS

By Paul Torino & Adrian Wohlleben 26 February 2019

People have theorised recent social movements as memes before. However, they tend to make the phrase eclipse the content, placing the (representationa...

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Towards an Apotropaic Avant-Garde

By Daniel Spaulding 14 February 2019

This review of T.J. Clark’s 2013 book Picasso and Truth: From Cubism to Guernica first appeared on the website The Claudius App in 2014. It is repub...

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Something out of Nothing: Marcia Tucker, Jeffrey Deitch and the De-regulation of the Contemporary-Museum Model

By Nizan Shaked 13 January 2019

This article is republished on the occasion of the exhibition Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Ne...

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Extracts From The Counsel of Spent

By Inventory 28 September 2018

Drawing upon the divagating adventures of the fondly missed Inventory journal (1995-2005), Inventory have authored a new book in a series commissioned...

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The Biennial of Very Fine People, On Both Sides

By SDLD50 12 September 2018

Further Thoughts on the Athens Biennale https://shutdownld50.tumblr.com/post/178020810821/further-thoughts-on-the-athens-biennale The Fash and t...

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The Poverty of Truth, the Truth of Poverty

By Daniel Fraser 23 August 2018

I, Tonya, the recent biopic on the figure skating phenomenon from Portland, Oregon, appears to offer little beyond the familiar Hollywood spectacle of...

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Oil is the Devil's Excrement

By David Jacques 3 July 2018

Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonzo was a prominent Venezuelan politician who served two terms in office with the Centrist Betancourt Administration (1947-48 &a...

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Video of Protest Against V&A's Acquisition of Robin Hood Gardens

By Rainbow Collective 26 June 2018

For anyone interested in the 7th June dual protest outside the V&A in London and the Venice Architecture Biennale against the museum's acquisition...

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ROBIN HOOD IN REVERSE

By Vile & Arrogant 22 May 2018

The V&A’s butchered chunk of Robin Hood Gardens is a vile and arrogant monument to the social cleansing of London. Architecture, or a reified slice of it, is preserved and celebrated for aesthetic contemplation at the very same moment that it is destroyed as people’s homes. It’s an obscene spectacle, where working class housing is usurped for middle class pleasure, social vandalism whitewashed by the circuits of cultural heritage.

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