by Brendan Roach

Eric Hobsbawm, In Memoriam

Through Stalin’s purges, the tanks in Budapest, the Great Leap Forward, and the fall of the Berlin Wall, Eric Hobsbawm remained unshakeable in his belief of Marxism’s emancipatory potential.

A Labor Dispute

No less prominent a fan than Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker — the scourge of Midwestern labor — weighed in on the side of the referees’ union. As it turns out, reflexive labor-bashing can have adverse effects. Who knew!

A Memorial in Washington

That Washington is a city riven by stark divisions — of class, of race, of opportunity — is a fact sadly beyond dispute. Yet the recent AIDS conference did draw attention to one of the city’s most troubling fault lines — the deadly geography of HIV/AIDS.

The Dark and the Sublime

Every act of censorship is a tacit admission that the artistic sublime is a double-edged sword.

Marx’s Credit Card

In Germany, history follows different rules: Even the losers are allowed to write their names in the book.

The Space Between Spaces

The issue of sentence spacing, like all typographical conventions, is a victim of circumstance, and partisans on both sides tend to trace their allegiance back to different writing technologies.

Elegy for a Census Form

In a neoliberal America, even information-gathering has been outsourced to private enterprise.

Pussy Riot and the Patriarch

In the most liberal city in Russia, a crowd approaching the capacity of Luzhniki Stadium amassed in favor of jailing blasphemers.

Günter Grass and the Perils of Political Poetry

Grass’s poem reads like an Intro to IR lecture given in haiku.

The Ads of the D.C. Metro

A quick glance at the public advertising in Metro stations and bus shelters around Washington, DC will tell you more about America and her capital than any memorial, monument, or museum.