Subversive Space: The Effectivity of Occupy Wall Street

To help contextualize the Gillets Jaunes protests in France, it is useful to return to an analysis of the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011 and the theories of Guy Debord and Henri Lefebvre to understand the effectivity of urban mobilizations that simplify the political space and creatively critique the dominant ideology.  The Occupy Wall […]

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TWT: A Return to People Politics

I have been lucky enough in recent weeks to attend a number of events organised or supported by the British left-wing political organisation Momentum, and see for myself the political gusto of the Corybnite movement. It is a zeitgeist to behold.  Aaron White recently authored a column detailing the unique aesthetics of Momentum’s The World Transformed (TWT) conference […]

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3. Sights and Sounds of TWT 2018

In our third episode of The Special Relationship we review our trip to The World Transformed festival in Liverpool and consider how the sights and sounds of the conference highlighted the unique nature of the Corbyn movement. This podcast is still a work in progress. If you have any feedback or if you would like […]

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An Era of Mass Automation

A report from Price Waterhouse and Coopers (PWC) divides the impact of modern technology on the labour market into three distinct temporal sections. Firstly, the Algorithmic Wave, between our current moment and the ‘early 2020s’. This will see the ‘automation of simple computational tasks’ and will mainly impact ‘data-driven sectors such as financial services’ . […]

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The Jolly Roger

Marcus Rediker, in conversation with Fiona Jeffries in Nothing To Lose But Our Fear, deconstructs the symbolism behind the Jolly Roger pirate flag. The conventional narrative concerning the flag maintains that it was used to send: “a clear message: surrender or die. The symbolism worked. When the Jolly Roger went up, the men on the […]

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Are you living in a computer simulation?

In 2003 Nick Bostrom published a thought-provoking paper in Philosophical Quarterly entitled ‘Are you living in a computer simulation?’ The premise of the paper was that any one of the following statements must be correct. 1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage. 2) any posthuman civilisation is extremely unlikely […]

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Perfunctory Cover-Ups

Sometimes a memory hits you, triggered by a momentary sensation. Today, while washing my hands in a small public sink, where you have to have one hand constantly pressed down on the faucet to keep the water running, I was reminded of a visit to the former Nazi ghetto and concentration camp in the Czech […]

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