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Politics

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)

 

Ferguson, Missouri. Most of us never would have heard of it, but many have now had the conversation: Where the hell is Ferguson? St. Louis, sort of?

 

'If the path to freedom lies through prison, then we are ready to take it.' Here is the closing statement of Alexei Gaskarov, who is facing four years in prison for political protest in Russia.

The Difficult Theory of a Mad World

From its central question, 'what does critical theory have to do with the critique of political economy?', Werner Bonefeld’s new book, reviewed here by Chris Wright, develops a deep engagement with the Frankfurt School, Marx and a constellation of less translated critics of the value-form

 

I find it hard to tell you

’Cause I find it hard to take

The Jobcentre has not always existed. A glib statement, yes, but one that is always worth reasserting when discussing such a ubiquitous institution (see 'the state', 'the nation', borders and numerous other seemingly transcendental and timeless, yet decidedly modern, institutions). In fact the Jobcentre, taking into account its predecessors, is little more than one hundred years old. During this time, it has taken multiple forms, performed various functions, been branded, re-branded, hidden, celebrated and vilified.

GAME OF THRALLS - AN ART AND LABOUR FANTASIA

Trying to do labour politics in the artworld would be like attempting union organising in Game of Thrones. Discuss....  

And now, a brief fantasia:

Here are two sites that are updating regularly with infos around the anti-World Cup, anti-FIFA protests in Brazil. You can see that there are a lot of non-demonstration stuff happening such as massive projections of anti-FIFA images in the downtown of Rio as well as other interventions.
 

Limehouse Town Hall

 

20th June
8pm-3am

 

Seymour Wright + TBC
Ute Kangiesser - Solo Cello
Design A Wave 
Anthony Iles + Marina Vishmidt (DJ)
Mike Levitt + James Janco (Limazulu) (DJ)

 

Continuing Business By Other Means: Egypt's Military Economy

Former military commander el-Sisi is the new president of Egypt

While much analysis has emphasised the flexible, precarious and improvisatory subjectivities of neoliberal ‘post-fordist’ society, the post-crunch period demonstrates that militarism, graft, and un-free labour are just as crucial for contemporary accumulation. In a detailed analysis of the role of the army in the Egyptian economy, L.S.

Notes on Normcore

Normcore - return of the normal, with added exchange value

Written in a (normcore-appropriate) low fever, reading these notes over they seem mad enough to make some sense. A response to the great Tom Frank's analysis of normcore, and matters arising

 

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