People’s Republic of Walmart

Sean Winkler

The embodiment of some of capital’s worst exploits, Walmart may be something of an apparition from the future; it has ascended to dominance on the free market through the payment of poverty wages to its employees and ruthless union busting, but its successes have been predicated on a corporate structure which has eliminated its own internal market.

People’s Republic of Walmart, Leigh Phillips & Michal Rozworski
Verso, 2019
9781786635167

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Bullshit Jobs

Robert Ovetz

Greaber’s analysis of bullshit work fails to explain how it serves capitalism. As Haymarket martyr Adolph Fischer reminded us, ‘every anarchist is a socialist but not every socialist is necessarily an anarchist.’ In Bullshit Jobs, Graeber has left his socialist behind.

Bullshit Jobs, David Graeber
Penguin, 2018
9780141983479

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Who Killed Cornelius Cardew?

Fiona Norman

Cardew’s intention was the ‘socialisation’ of music. Reading his graphic scores is not like reading traditional Western notation, where there is usually a single correct reading of a note or other feature. But his involvement with anti-fascism, Irish solidarity, and advocacy of Marxist-Leninism, led to suggestions that his death was politically motivated rather than accidental.

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Fully Automated Luxury Communism

Lewis Hodder

Aaron Bastani ignores the actual gains of communism while attempting to do-battle with capitalism over consumer culture; rather than looking to the countless people raised out of poverty, instead Bastani looks to Silicon Valley, space, and music videos.

Full Automated Luxury Communism, Aaron Bastani
Verso, 2019
9781786632623

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Cuban women in the Special Period

Yoseti Herrera Guitián

Cubans, and Cuban women in particular, learned to become their own heroes, because standing still was out of the question. Many things were at stake: the survival of their families, the safety of their children, and the future of a Revolution that is far from perfect but that most Cubans prefer and want. It is our right to make our own path.

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Letter to Survivors

Derek Wall

I guess those journalists and politicians such as Anna Soubry MP from the centre-right Independent Group … would be pleased to know that even after apocalypse the mail is still being delivered.

Letter to Survivors, Gébé
New York Review Books
9781681372402

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After ethical consumption

Tom Whyman

And so in buying Fair Trade, Apple Red, Nike, or Gillette products, for example, we are still really only seeking to exculpate ourselves from an evil we can never escape, whose taint will always be branded on our souls. Oddly enough, this is not too far from the approach of the resurgent fascist right, which attempts to justify the present evil by leaning into it.

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May '68 and spontaneity

Luca Wright

The students and intellectuals of May ‘68 thought ‘if it can happen here, it can happen anywhere’, and in championing the slogans and non-methods of May ’68 without having to broach the question of their own lack of organisation, Marxists will only continue to hope that it is still possible.

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Approaching the ‘Entertainment State’

James Bell

The US state has a long history of meddling in film and television, reaching back as far as the early 1900s and stemming from every branch of its secret services and military. Though information on this relationship is readily available, it is rarely presented to the public or even discussed in academia.

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