Charlie Bertsch / 02 Feb 2023

Pre-Neoliberal Poland

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s The Scar

Krzysztof Kieślowski's 1976 film The Scar, which chronicles the construction and operation of a large chemical factory, breaks many of the rules that had governed narrative cinema since the silent era.(...)
John Foster / 27 Jan 2023

The End of Franco

Agitated: Grupos Autónomos and Armed Anticapitalism in Spain, by Joni D.

The 1970s was a decade of broken dreams. The end of the postwar boom brought to a close the era of middle-class liberalism in Europe and North America.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 21 Dec 2022

Sonic Reporting

Everywhere But There, by Joel Schalit

Battleground editor Joel Schalit’s new album Everywhere But There forcefully demonstrates the need for a new kind of political reporting, one which presents the world as it actually is instead of distorting it in the pursuit of profit.(...)

John Foster / 16 Dec 2022

Fantasy Island

Free Market: The History of an Idea, by Jacob Soll

It’s as though the 1980s never happened. For many Gen Xers like me, until the 2008 financial crisis, the free market was the only game in town.(...)

John Foster / 09 Dec 2022

Return to Politics

Power and Resistance, by Yoshiyuki Sato

No stranger to hyperbole, Slavoj Žižek once described an event as a reframing of the present, “a radical change in this reality itself”.(...)

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