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Unruly Life: Subverting ‘Surplus’ Existence in Tunisia

Mabrouk Ghodbani from Kasserine, Tunisia shows his stitched lips. Rached was on hunger strike from 24 January 2016 when he decided on January 27 to sew his lips in protest against the interim government.

 

Taking the case of Tunisia’s Dignity Revolution, Oana Parvan examines the structural connections between the growing global category of those designated ‘surplus life’ by the neo-imperial economy – and by extension, condemned to social and often actual death – and the preconditions of revolution

 

Practical Overturnings

What can the work of radical anti-psychiatrist Franco Basaglia, documented in John Foot's new book, teach us about contemporary crises in 'mental health'? In his review, Howard Slater revisits  the debate around the closure of asylums and the cut-rate 'care in the community' policies they supposedly triggered, and salvages Basaglia's political reading of social alienation as his true legacy

 

Precarity as Activism

How do we turn the normalisation of precarity into a basis for collective action? While the social category ‘precariat’ grafted over differences, Isabell Lorey’s new book imagines how interlocking differentials of insecurity can be harnessed as a weapon of struggle. Review by Sarah Charalambides

On Saturday 31 January 2015 a breakaway group from the March for Homes headed south, away from the intended march's destination of City Hall, to occupy empty housing on the Aylesbury Estate.

There is a website for the occupation: http://fightfortheaylesbury.wordpress.com/

When the Streets Run Red: For a 21st-Century Anti-Lynching Movement

The heterogeneous elements of the Black Lives Matter movement are fighting white supremacy by confronting gendered domination, capitalism, and the repressive apparatuses of the state. Erin Gray traces the critical impulse of the current movement against anti-black violence to the legacy of Ida B. Wells’s radical anti-lynching campaigns, and suggests that the fiercest opposition to police terror in the US has always been against the law

 

Burning Dwelling Thinking

After the Insurrection that was to come The Invisible Committee’s À nos amis assesses the defeats and 'permanent catastrophe' which never stopped. Alberto Toscano’s extended review, ahead of the book’s English translation, seeks points of agreement among the peaks and pitfalls of a relentless metaphysical attack on network power

 

It is the rule of European culture to organise the death of the art of living.

Matthew Fuller reviews CHUBZ: the Demonization of My Working Arse, by Spitzenprodukte

The Liars Wouldn’t Let it Lie

Robert Dellar's recent book on the Mad Pride movement and belligerent patienthood buries the pseudo-opposition between effective 'activism' and fulfilment of unwholesome social needs. Clinical Wasteman welcomes one more excuse to kick the twin corpses of Mental and Musical Hygiene in his review of Splitting in Two: Mad Pride and Punk Rock Oblivion

 

 

Dave Mesing reviews Rodrigo Nunes' Organisation of the Organisationless: Collective Action after Networks, part of the PML Books series, a collaboration between Mute and Post-Media Lab

 

October 1st, 2014

Reposted from The Los Angeles Review of Books

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The Missing Subject of Accelerationism

As with utopian modernism and its attempt to separate Geist from Reason, today’s accelerationists have run into the old problem of differentiating their version of progress from that of capitalist development itself. In his review of the #Accelerate reader, Simon O’Sullivan identifies the crux of the problem as the absent theory of the subject

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