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The Storyteller Who Offers No Escape

Hungary’s László Krasznahorkai writes fiction devoid of revelation, resolution, and even periods.<p>To an innocent bystander, <i>The World Goes On</i> might seem a bland title for a story collection, suggestive of heartwarming tales about good, simple people enduring life’s hardships with grit and courage. …

Literature

Books for Bolsheviks

If you've been hesitating on your centenary reading about the Russian Revolution of 1917 because you don't know where to begin, wait no longer. Todd …

Joseph Stalin

Lenin knew that revolution wouldn't happen overnight – we must bear this in mind as capitalism fails us today

Perhaps the key achievement of Lenin was that he silently dropped the orthodox Marxist notion of revolution as a necessary step in historical …

Russia

October’s Long Shadow

In Russia, the legacy of the October Revolution is the most forgotten, the most ignored, and the most paradoxical of all.

Russia

5 Slavic horror fairytales that shouldn’t be told at night - Russia Beyond

<b>The living dead – Baba Yaga, the</b> witch<p>Themost famous fairytale malefactor in Slavic mythology is the ogress Baba Yaga. Parents still frighten their disobedient children today with tales of this malicious old hag, who takes children to her izba (shabby wooden house), throws them into her stove, …

Hinduism

The Haitian Revolution in the Centenary of the Russian Revolution

One political thinker and historian who did always try to make connections between the Haitian Revolution and the Russian Revolution was the late, …

World History

The difficult genesis of ‘Das Kapital’

Published on<p>September 9, 2017<p>Perhaps the most influential work of all time, which has helped to shape the world over the last 150 years, had a long …

Economics

Introducing Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest

In 2011 a global wave of protest changed the way in which people saw contention. January saw two revolutions: first, in Tunisia culminating in the …

Occupy Wall Street

The Commons Are Rumbling

Most people in their communities already recognize both the problem and the solution.

Rights & Freedoms

Elections, Popular Pressure, and Inertia

Yannis Varoufakis opens his <i>Adults in the Room</i> with a report on how, on 16 April 2015, in a dark corner of a DC hotel bar, Larry Summers told him: …

Political Science

100 Must Read Fiction and Non-Fiction Serial Killer Books

Last week, I had the honor of hosting Dr. Berit Brogaard, author of The Superhuman Mind, at my library. Though the book is generally about …

Books

October: China Mieville & Benjamin Kunkel - Live

In February 1917, in the midst of war, Russia was still an autocratic monarchy: nine months later, it became the first socialist state in world …

Science Fiction

Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: China Miéville on the Russian Revolution

China Miéville is one of those fiction writers whose multivalent imagination — with its monsters, cityscapes of the future, and battles between good and evil — is capable of making readers’ heads explode. In The New York Times, Sarah Lyall once wrote that his novels “skitter among genres, …

Books

Our Lady of Complicity

Ivanka Trump has written a book about female empowerment, and it is about as feminist as a swastika-shaped bikini wax. That is its best quality. If …

Feminism

Breaking with Capitalist Orthodoxy

Western capitalism has not been functioning well in recent years. But there is nothing inevitable about its collapse. A more innovative, sustainable, …

Economics

The Courage of Hopelessness by Slavoj Žižek review – how the big hairy Marxist would change the world

The leftwing intellectual with rock-star popularity argues that Trump vs Clinton, and Brexit vs Remain are mere sideshows<p>Life is, despite all the advances of medical science, still way too short to spend any time reading theoretical gibberish concocted by superannuated Marxists – theory that …

Barack Obama

Pierre Guyotat

Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, UK<p>Can an alternative arts network, unmediated by the West's commercial capitals and burgeoning arts economies of …

Jil Sander

Marxism 2.0: New commodities, new workers? – International Socialism

A review of Ursula Huws, Labor in the Global Digital Economy: The Cybertariat Comes of Age (Monthly Review Press, 2014), £15 and Nick Dyer-Witheford, …

Globalization

Badiou, From False Globalisation to the One Communist World

Badiou examines the relation between the Communist Hypothesis and the question of immigration and the ‘foreigner’, and suggests that, in order to …

Nicolas Sarkozy

Hope in the revolution

Paul Le Blanc, a veteran socialist and author of numerous books, including <i>Lenin and the Revolutionary Party</i> and the forthcoming <i>Left Americana: The</i> …

Political Science

Market, Debt, New Fundamentalisms

Capitalist economy has always aimed to establish an intimate connection with individual lives, a relationship that used to be based on the …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Top 10 books about the Russian Revolution

A century after the Bolsheviks seized power for communism, Tariq Ali chooses some of the best books about an uprising that changed the world forever<p>A hundred years after the Russian Revolution, history, according to most historians, had pronounced its judgment. October 1917 had been relegated to a …

World History

Moving towards Meta-Politics: Notes on Alain Badiou’s Political Criticism

Since the publication of Being and Event1 in 1988, Alain Badiou has established himself as inarguably the most ambitious philosopher in the …

Creative Commons

Reefer madness: Can using marijuana lead to a psychotic break?

We break down the science, which might surprise you.<p>This article originally appeared on The Fresh Toast.<br>.<br>The oldest way of stigmatizing a drug is to link it to madness. This strategy goes at least as far back as the ancient Greeks. As far as cannabis goes, I assume many readers have watched <i>Reefer</i> …

Mad King Donald’s Mar-a-Lago Democracy

As Laurie Penny puts it: “If anyone’s crazy, it’s you for not adjusting to the new normal”. She writes: “Paying any attention to the news at all …

Ronald Reagan

Donald Trump’s highly abnormal presidency: a running guide for April – VICE News

<i>Click here to sign up for a weekly newsletter about President Donald Trump to be delivered to your inbox every Friday.</i><p>Donald Trump made it clear at the beginning of his campaign that he wasn’t going to follow the normal rules or tone of politics. We’re keeping track of all the ways his presidency …

Ursula Huws on the Future of Work, via the LSE Business Review

“[T]he universe is full of new opportunities for commodification. The question is, can the planet sustain them?” Ursula Huws is the author of Labor …

Journalism

Book Review: Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly by Judith Butler

<i>In</i> <b>Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly</b><i>,</i> <b>Judith Butler</b><i> draws upon her influential theorisations of performativity and precarity to examine</i> …

London School of Economics

Sheila Fitzpatrick: The Russian Revolution

Historians’ judgments, however much we hope the opposite, reflect the present; and much of this apologetic and deprecatory downgrading of the Russian …

World History

Order from Noise

EssaysFeatureLiberal Democracy in QuestionMedia/Publics<p>On Cambridge Analytica, Cybernetic Governance and the Technopolitical Imaginary<p>and — March 20, …

Cambridge Analytica