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Walter Benjamin: Messianism and Revolution – Theses on History

The essay that we share below, by Andrew Robinson, bears the virtue of clarity; like a collector, he assembles the bits of Walter Benjamin’s work on messianism and revolution.  And yet because he writes as a collector of ideas, Benjamin’s … Continue reading

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Amador Fernández-Savater: Having superpowers – Reading as an experience of emancipation

For N al-K … The value of information does not survive the moment in which it was new. It lives only at that moment; it has to surrender to it completely and explain itself to it without losing any time. … Continue reading

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Enzo Traverso: Revolutions are still breathing life into history

Historian Enzo Traverso on his latest book, Revolution: An Intellectual History. The interview originally appeared in the Alias section of il manifesto, 9 July 2022 and was published in the Verso books blog, 01/08/2022, translated by David Broder. “Revolution — without icons and without capital letters … Continue reading

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Karl Kraus: In these great times … and in our times

To brandish Karl Kraus’ 1914 essay “In these great times” against our own may seem out of place. And in some sense it is, for the First World War is not ours. Yet Kraus condemns not only the war, but … Continue reading

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Rordrigo Karmy Bolton: Fragments of a Chile in Revolt

Every revolt is circumscribed by precise borders in historical time and historical space. Before it and after it lie the no-man’s-land and duration of each and everyone’s lives, in which are fought un- interrupted individual battles. The concept of permanent … Continue reading

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Travis Wilkerson: An Injury to One (film)

It may be said that the “working class”, in political struggles throughout the emergence and expansion of capitalism, was epochal. We use the word here in its ancient Greek sense. The Greek word epokhe meant “stoppage, fixed point of time,” from epekhein “to … Continue reading

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Anarchism: Giving form to autonomy

This post was born of an exchange of letters between John Holloway and Michael Hardt that focused on the issue of “anti-capitalist social movements” and their “organisation” and “institutionalisation”. The letters date from 2011, but their subject remains contemporary, as … Continue reading

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Remembering Spain: Fascism, Revolution and Colonialism

The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the ‘state of emergency’ in which we live is not the exception but the rule. We must attain to a conception of history that is in keeping with this insight. Then we … Continue reading

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For Horacio González (1944-2021)

Political affinities very often transgress ideological borders; indeed, if they did not, politics would be far poorer, if not dead. Politics is the gathering together of singularities for collective life, in dissension. This post is in memory of the intellectual … Continue reading

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Spain’s 15M: The passion of rebellion

We are all dead, and we spoiled the world before we died. There is nothing left. Nothing but dreams.  Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven Spain’s 15M was a dream, it was the feeling that the world could be … Continue reading

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