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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


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


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


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


Perhaps the Sword Is Mightier: Neruda and Nixon

Long and unwieldy titles are usually the product of academic minds mired in literalism. I know that, after composing a long academic essay, the process leaves me creatively desiccated and I want nothing else than to slap the verbal equivalent of a bar code on my essay and ship it off for the Judgment of my superiors. 427 more words


Reading in 2015: a One-year Plan

Hopefully, this will become an annual tradition: mapping out a year of reading in advance and reporting on it as I go. Last year, I sunk my teeth into structural Marxism and find myself greatly enlightened on how history marches forward. 606 more words