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Permanent Reproductive Crisis: An Interview with Silvia Federici

NY Wages For Housework Poster

On the occasion of the publication of an anthology of her writing and the accession of a  Wages for Housework NY archive at Mayday Rooms in London, Marina Vishmidt interviewed Silvia Federici on her extensive contribution to feminist thought and recent work on debt activism (with contributions by Mute, Mayday Rooms and George Caffentzis)

 

Chronicle of a Crash Foretold

In John Barker’s Futures, an expertly crafted crime novel exploring cocaine trafficking in Thatcherite London, Tom Jennings finds a parable of neoliberalism with considerably broader resonance

 

To Be a Pilgrim

Helen Macfarlane was a Chartist revolutionary, the translator who put the ‘hobgoblin’ in the Communist Manifesto, and an advocate of ‘the total demolition of the present system of things’ on Christian grounds. Peter Linebaugh welcomes the 150 years-overdue publication of her writings, invoking the Blood and Fire of that earlier ‘ruthless critic of everything that exists’, John Bunyan

Southwark Notes on the early bloom of London housing struggles in 2015. Reposted from: https://southwarknotes.wordpress.com/2015/02/21/regeneration-is-violence/

THE PAST DEVOURS THE FUTURE: PIKETTY'S CAPITAL

He's got the whole world in his hands

Sander casts a critical eye on Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century and the debates it provoked

 

Mikkel Bolt analyses the many global shades of reformism and revolution in an extended discussion of 'what is to be done with the crisis, capitalism and the revolution, beyond the avant-garde, reformism and the multitude'

 

Plants, Androids and Operators - A Post-Media Handbook

Cover Plants, Androids and Operators - A Post-Media Handbook

Print 978-1-906496-96-8
eBook 978-1-906496-97-5
Published 2014 by Mute Books
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This book documents the first life-cycle of the Post-Media Lab (2011-2014). Taking up Fèlix Guattari’s challenge, the Lab aimed to combine social and media practices into collective assemblages of enunciation in order to confront social monoformity.

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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/

In the initial formulation of the notion of Revolutionary Situation (in his article Mayovka of the Revolutionary Proletariat) Lenin describes two conditions for a Revolutionary Situation, which were later resumed as "the bottoms don't want and the tops cannot live in the old way". Later, Lenin adds one more condition: the readiness of the masses for revolutionary action.

Keepsakes: A response to Ray Brassier

Responding to the Accelerationist challenge that the Left must re-engage the project of reason, philosopher Ray Brassier has countered that we need to disentangle ‘emancipatory’ abstractions from those of capitalist rationality. Here Anna O’Lory argues that in seeking such a distinction, Brassier misdiagnoses the relationship between capitalist social relations and the (lethal) abstractions they produce

 

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