07 June 2016

Regulating capitalism in Marvel’s Civil War

Guest post by John Medhurst  The central concern of modern politics is the extent to which the destructive, anti-social effects of neoliberal capitalism – most obviously those produced by the financial sector and fossil fuel industry – should be subject to public regulation. The most life-threatening activity within modern America—wide-spread

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03 May 2016

RIP PRINCE ROGERS NELSON, 1958-2016

Neil Kulkarni “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear” – C.S.Lewis, A Grief Observed Of course, what you mourn at first, is yourself. Too soon to reassure myself by recounting Prince’s importance, or his place in the canon, too soon to contextualise something that feels like

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15 April 2016

The camouflage of conspicuity — Tristam Vivian Adams on psychopathy and sociopathy

  Psychopathy and sociopathy In my forthcoming book, The Psychopath Factory: How Capitalism Organizes Empathy (forthcoming from Repeater), I make a distinction between psychopathy and sociopathy. The two terms are commonly used in an interchangeable way, as if they are one and the same, but in my view there is

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01 April 2016

In a stink about a pink St George Cross

Professional controversialist Toby Young has got himself all in a froth about a pink St George Cross at England’s international this week Oh dear. Toby Young is all in a lather, a victim once more of the ‘PC brigade’. Writing in the Daily Mail, he describes the scene he seems

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30 March 2016

The Great Digital Swindle by Mark Fisher

Who dares dissent from the gospel according to Silicon Valley? There is – we are insistently told – no alternative to the invasion of capitalist cyberspace into all areas of consciousness and culture.  Anyone who expresses even the mildest scepticism about social media and smartphones is roundly denounced as nostalgic.  The old,

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08 March 2016

An extract from Lean Out by Dawn Foster

Backlash “There’s no such thing as the voiceless, only the deliberately silenced and the preferably unheard.”—Arundhati Roy  Post-crash, countless studies have shown that the impact of cuts and austerity has been borne predominately by women. A Fawcett Society study on the impact of cuts doled out by the coalition government

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