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Excerpts from Lefebvre for the Day

My most significant reading project at the moment is the first volume of Henri Lefebvre’s elephantine Critique of Everyday Life, which he published over decades of work. 373 more words

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Review of Perry Anderson's European History Part One: From Antiquity to Feudalism

Last year I accomplished an extensive reading through Louis Althusser’s works and those that took inspiration from his work or engaged with concepts he created. No ŽIžek, as I decided to storm that particular fortress at a later date. 956 more words

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Utopias without Wheelchairs

One of the “litmus tests” that I have found myself using more and more often, is asking myself whether a specific person’s utopia would have easy access to wheelchairs for those who require them. 390 more words

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Hollywood Film: The Charity of Billionaires

One of the most memorable parts of the––at times excruciating––second volume of Capital is Marx’s discussion of turnover times. That is, the time it takes for a given capitalist or group of capitalists to cycle their capital through an entire circuit from production to realization. 967 more words

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Strange Fruit

Annie Lennox, of Eurythmics fame, has recently been castigated for not conveying the narrative that the Social Justice Warriors want conveyed. What is this narrative? Well, it is “CSWMs Are Evil”, of course. 2,156 more words

Reclaiming Anthropology from Althusser

In the centre of Althusser’s insightful short piece On Lévi-Strauss, is a numbered list concentrating Althusser’s criticism of Claude Lévi-Strauss, and by extension, his critique of the field of social anthropology and… 643 more words

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Current Train of Thought: You Can't Eat Imagination

One of the surprisingly hegemonic ideas among the general mush that are the left-of-centre-but-not-quite-that-far-left-because-we-don’t-want-to-scare-people theories that float vaguely around “political” academics; is the general trend towards, in place of an actual theorized system of exploitation, taking people’s own perceptions of their situation at face value and assuming they are concretely true – instead of trying to understand the actual relations that person has entered into, and looking at their actual material situation. 467 more words

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