culture

Sport as the religion of capitalism

An interview with Ljubodrag Simonoviç, author of The Philosophy of Olympism. Sport is central to his critique of capitalism.

Philosophy of Olympism - introduction

Ljubodrag "Duci" Simonović is a Serbian philosopher, author and retired professional basketball player. After his retirement from sport he has written various books which center around a critique of Olympism and professional sports.

Why create space?

Why create space

Reflections on why we occupy. Ideas behind our autonomous spaces.

A new path to gender equality - Harley Roquentin

All of us has been affected by gender. Men and women, by virtue of their label, are expected to conform to the rigid nature of their identities or else risk hypocrisy. Those of us who reach out, who try and transcend our restrictions are caught in a trap; the pervasiveness of gender has forced us not to ignore the construct, but to define ourselves against it. We have come to a point in history where the next step to gender equality is clear – it must be abolished.

Review: Anarchist voices. An oral history of anarchism in America

AK offers a most welcome unabridged reprint of a volume first issued in 1995, issued as part of AK Press's reprinting of the works of the well-known historian of anarchism Paul Avrich, who died in 2006.

The Story of Crass & The Day The Country Died

Two complementary books revisiting the experience of anarcho-punk provide fascinating insights into the evolution and development of the movement.

Hipsterphobia - Cava Sundays

Class War's Fuck Parade anti-gentrification protest in Shoreditch

Interesting article on Class War attacking "hipsters" as part of their high-profile protest against gentrification in east London last month, pointing out its pitfalls, as well as pitfalls of populist anti-gentrification campaigning in general.

If a strike turns you into a Tory, you probably were one anyway

In the Guardian, Jonathan Jones laments that workers standing up for themselves is getting in the way of him looking at art. Here are five reasons why he’s talking out of his arse and you should support the strikers.

Surviving internships: A counter guide to free labour in the arts

A guide written by and for cultural workers on the topic of unpaid internships.

Red Vienna: experiment in working class culture, 1919-1934. - Helmut Gruber

From 1919 to 1934, the Socialist government in Vienna sought to create a comprehensive working-class culture, striving to provide a foretaste of the socialist utopia in the present. In Red Vienna, Gruber critically examines the impact of this experiment in all areas of life, from massive public housing projects and health and education programs to socialist parades, festivals, and sporting events designed to create a "new" working class.