Culture & Critique

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Yes, we’re nice people, and yes we have been sapped of our energy. But the main reasons we’re not protesting are deeper and must be targeted directly.

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Post image for In each other we trust: coining alternatives to capitalism

Beyond God and state, it’s money that rules. Can we still imagine alternatives? And what role will recent innovations like Bitcoin play in the struggle?

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In today’s turbo-charged and austerity-ravaged economy, anxiety and insecurity have become the new normal. How did this happen — and how do we fight back?

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Critchley and Philip Seymour Hoffman on happiness

by Jerome Roos on February 5, 2014

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Just a year before Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, philosopher Simon Critchley spoke to the legendary actor about the happiness that eluded him so.

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Disneyland: a fully sanitized all-American utopia

by Juan Domingo Sánchez Estop on January 26, 2014

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At the end of history, amid a vast ocean of neoliberal despair, lies an immunized utopia inviting us to innocently contemplate the imminence of catastrophe.

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Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power

by Max Haiven on January 17, 2014

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The years to come will be defined by struggles over our ability to imagine radically expanded horizons beyond the capitalist enclosure of the commons.

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Sarisulük’s Story: A Family Fighting for Justice

by Erkan Gursel on January 10, 2014

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“We want everyone to see that yes, we paid a price but we do not mourn. I will mourn internally and will continue to fight; we are a family of fighters.”

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The Body Politicized: The Visibility of Women at Gezi

by ROAR Collective on January 9, 2014

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The large presence of women in the Gezi uprising was not just an act for women’s rights; it was a milestone in the politicization of women’s identities.

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Gezi Park and the Transformative Power of Art

by Stephen Snyder on January 8, 2014

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Through the transformative power of aesthetics and creative narrative, the çapulcu managed to keep ahead of the forces that would deny them their freedom.

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Love was hypnotic in Gezi. It brushed away the rational. It left you naked, vulnerable, happy. It surprised us all — and had a transformative effect.

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