Occupying Space – The Geopolitics of the Cosmos

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the first man on the Moon, we must not allow our reading of history to be defined by a nationalist agenda. On July 20th 1969, at approximately 17 minutes past 8 in the evening (GMT), NASA’s Apollo XI mission successfully landed its Eagle module on the surface of […]

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Building Windmills: Green Politics Beyond the Watershed

As we enter a watershed moment, and talk of a Green New Deal begins to permeate mainstream public discourse, the Left must utilise its historical monopoly on Green Politics, and push forward proposals that ensure a ‘just transition’ to a new eco-centric economy. Since its inception in 2018, the climate protest group known as Extinction Rebellion […]

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Why we need to build an alternative online infrastructure

We are living in an age with unprecedented asymmetries of knowledge and power. From the prevalence of drone warfare, the corporate coup d’état of our executive, or the incredible aggregation of personal data held by the wealthiest companies in the world – one of the fundamental struggles of our time will consider what role the superintendents […]

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Marcuse and ‘Technological Rationality’

As we move into an era of unchartered technological growth, it is helpful to revisit the theoretical framework of Herbert Marcuse, who posits that any debates around the organisation of technical resources must be prefaced with an acceptance that technology is simply the tool of ideology, whether established or revolutionary.  Born in Berlin in 1898, and […]

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Subversive Space: The Effectivity of Occupy Wall Street

To help contextualize the Gilets 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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A Visual Alternative: The Aesthetics of TWT 2018

How do aesthetics reflect ideology? What does the formation of an alternative narrative look like? The recent The World Transformed (TWT) festival in Liverpool visually revealed the establishment of a new hegemony on the left. The Black-E TWT was primarily split between two main locations – The Black-E space and the Hinterlands venue. The Black-E […]

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The Shift to Postcapitalism

As evidenced in my recent Apeirogon post An Era of Mass Automation, there is strong reason to believe that automation will displace a large section of the global workforce in the next two decades. The unprecedented nature of this challenge requires an acute political response. In this column I consider proposals from the modern left in dealing with […]

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