Most know something of Garrett Hardin’s in/famous essay, “The Tragedy of the Commons.” Fewer have read that essay carefully. In many ways, it and Hardin’s subsequent work are the basis of arguments that there are ‘genuine concerns’ about migration. Continue reading
Robert Brenner was once a leading figure in the US Trotskyist group Solidarity.* Today, Brenner seems to be the elder theoretician of both New Left Review and the US magazine Jacobin. Continue reading
Another round of debate within sociology about objectivity, another attempt to revive the distinction between object and subject – ultimately a debate about sociology’s relationship to government and its borders. Continue reading
The concepts of “war of position” and “war of maneuver” are widely, and incorrectly, attributed to Antonio Gramsci. They also serve as a glimpse into longstanding debates over theories of causation and the decisive element in both figurative and literal wars. Continue reading
Naomi Klein has a piece in the Guardian which is fairly indicative of an argument being made by various socialists and social democrats in moments such as this. Her argument, put simply, is that while racism and misogyny were indeed factors in Trump’s election, it is really ‘neoliberalism’ – the ‘rise of the Davos class’ – which sealed America’s fate. This is white nationalist mythology. Continue reading
And I’ll also be keynoting at the 8th New Materialisms conference – The Ethics of Decolonizing Nature and Culture (Paris, June 7-9, 2017), along with Bruno Latour and Rosi Braidotti.
The murders at Pulse’s Latinx night in Orlando on June 11-12, 2016 were the largest massacre on US soil since the US Cavalry opened fire on the Lakota at Wounded Knee Creek just over a century ago.
More so, the erasure of Latinx/Indigenous, transgender and Black queers by the gaystream from the Stonewall Riots of decades ago until today should should not be allowed to go unchallenged. And as the video released from Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement puts it: “It is the system that created this violence since colonization started over 500 years ago.” Queering means dispensing with conventional categories as a matter of survival.
Those on mainstream media who are arguing that it was simply an attack on “people enjoying themselves” or that its significance is some abstract idea about guns and, worse, ‘mental health’ are—let’s be blunt—protecting their queerphobia with a liberal shield of abstract universality and a false enactment of ‘reasonableness.’ Continue reading
It’s as if parts of the Left are frantically drawing a magic circle of auto-immunity around Trump rallies, without the ‘as if.’ Continue reading
Fascism is as American as Henry Ford. And Donald Trump. Continue reading
Visibility is tactical. Continue reading