… and, implicitly, of fascism: ‘Post-factual’ Readings of Neoliberalism, Before and After Trump, at Society & Space. I’d also recommend Ananya Roy’s “Divesting From Whiteness” while you’re there, and others.
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
A collection of recent writings/discussions, all of which turn around an analysis of transformations of border control systems: Continue reading
The next edition of New Formations includes an essay of mine that has been the result of rethinking some of the key concepts in Contract & Contagion in the tumult of an almost two-year long boycott and divestment campaign directed against migration detention. Continue reading
This paper focuses on the conjunctures between contemporary financial speculation, national security and border control systems for what these can illustrate about changing practices of race and racism. Continue reading
There has been a good deal of discussion about the recent elections in Greece and, in particular, SYRIZA’s decision to form a parliamentary alliance with the ultra-nationalist Independent Greeks (ANEL). Continue reading
‘Commodification’ is often used as a short-hand way of defining what capitalism does, but all too often it’s used as a synonym for transaction or exchange. Yet buying and selling are not specific to capitalism and, more importantly, there are consequences in organising a critique of, or opposition to capitalism on the grounds that ‘markets’ are bad.
[The intro of a text co-authored with Dick Bryan (forthcoming)]
Social benefit bonds, otherwise referred to as social impact bonds, are a very recent innovation in the fields of social policy and finance. Continue reading
In 1843, the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper published the winning entry in its writing competition, awarding Edgar Allan Poe the sum of $100 for his short story “The Gold-Bug.” Continue reading