culture

The CIA reads French theory: on the intellectual labor of dismantling the cultural Left - Gabriel Rockhill

Notwithstanding its limitations, an interesting historical look at the state's utilisation of academia and the cultural sphere in the struggle to discredit Marxism. First published 28/02/17 in 'The Philosophical Salon' of the 'LA Review of Books'.

Flight from freedom: philosophic myth-making and the literary avant-gardism - Yuri Davydov

Yuri Davydov (1929–2007) was a philosopher, sociologist and literary critic, specialised in the history of social research on the Arts. The present book analyses the origins of literary avant-gardism, with special reference to the problems of personality during the crisis of bourgeois humanism.

Simpsonwave: Nostalgia and sentiment in dystopia

Simpsonwave is a video remix series whose success lies in its ability to connect between its source material on a deep level. The Simpsons has its origins in a deep social critique and a groundbreaking willingness to touch on emotionally realistic situations. This ties in well with the music of vaporwave, which is an uncompromisingly subversive and cathartic form of social criticism.

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.