Culture & Critique

Everything on culture and the arts.

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Hating on hipsters is not the answer to gentrification. If we want to reclaim our cities, we should organize for genuinely affordable housing in common.

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The LSE anthropologist, Occupy organizer and author of The Utopia of Rules (2015) addresses the student occupation at the University of Amsterdam.

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The poor fetish: commodifying working class culture

by Joseph Todd on February 25, 2015

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Bullshit jobs and a pointless existence are increasingly driving London’s spiritually dead middle class towards a fetishization of working class culture.

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No progress without struggle: on history and teleology

by Thomas Barker on November 11, 2014

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In Britain, right-wing policies and reactionaries are on the rise. But progressives, wrongly, still think these belong on the scrapheap of history.

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The rise of revolutionary street art in Oaxaca

by Jen Wilton on October 3, 2014

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For years, the walls of Oaxaca have been a canvas for expressions of social anger. Now the revolutionary role of local artists is finally recognized. 

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Post image for What happens in Ferguson does not stay in Ferguson

For African Americans, the state of emergency has long been a permanent one. Now, under neoliberalism, it is fast becoming generalized across the globe.

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Recuperating Marcuse against a culture of cruelty

by James Anderson on July 29, 2014

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Can an affective politics based on Marcuse’s pleasure principle help us overcome our culture of violence and prefigure relations of love and pleasure?

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The wreck of the plaza: after the squares

by Research and Destroy on June 16, 2014

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We must find ways of meeting our needs and desires that depend on neither wages nor money, while defending ourselves against all who stand in our way.

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Post image for Organizing social space as if social relations mattered

If a society beyond capitalism is to stand any chance, we will have to forge different social relations and create new forms of social organization.

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Post image for Environmentalists and workers of the world, unite!

The conflict between labor and the environment is a neoliberal construct. What we need is a broad coalition that can fundamentally transform production.

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