John Foster / 17 Sep 2021

Out of the Red

The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy, by Chris Miller

The end of communism was meant to be a return to the “civilised” world of individualism and consumerism. It didn’t quite happen that way.(...)

John Foster / 28 May 2021

Rage Against the Machines

Breaking Things at Work, by Gavin Mueller

Technology is so thoroughly imbricated in our lives that questioning it has become taboo. Particularly on the left, where it's synonymous with the emancipation of labour.(...)

John Foster / 30 Oct 2020

No Alternative to Capitalism

Foretelling the End of Capitalism, by Francesco Boldizzoni

Whoever said it’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism (Slavoj Žižek and Frederic Jameson are both blamed,) it’s a quote that has legs because it’s true.(...)

John Foster / 02 Oct 2020

Mark Fisher Lives

Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures

It’s tragically appropriate that Mark Fisher, whose work was so deeply engaged with the idea of hauntology, about the persistence of the past, should speak to us from beyond the grave.(...)

John Foster / 07 Aug 2020

Setting the Agenda

Young, Banerjee and Schwartz’s Levers of Power

Proportion explains a lot in life. This has become painfully obvious in the era of COVID-19 when the underlying sociopathy of the US president and of the party he leads can most clearly be seen in their signal failure to understand what the numbers mean.(...)

Communism has been replaced by fascism. Student protestors, Hong Kong.
Ernst Stetter / 29 May 2020

Beijing on the Brink

Xi Jinping’s Globalisation Gamble

The orchestration of Chinese politics by the Communist Party continues. But this year, the National People’s Party Congress was different.(...)

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