Thinking the Present

Beyond Education – Eli Meyerhoff

We must be mindful not to understate the submerged radical potential of the democratic educational ideal.

Welcome to Hell World – Luke O’Neil

The take away from every essay is not merely that life is terrible, but that powerful people choose to make it so for their own ends.

Mirrorlands: Russia, China, and the Journeys in Between – Ed Pulford

Pulford’s persona in this book, like all other Englishmen interested in Russia, is Anthony Burgess manqué.

My Seditious Heart – Arundhati Roy

[Arundhati Roy] sees her political writing as an extension of her literary work and her identity as a writer — there is no “activist” in her separate from her writer self — which is perhaps also a comment on the false limits we tend to put on fiction.

Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone – Astra Taylor

Attempts to carry out democracy are thus attempts to sublimate natural human conflicts into cooperatively managed institutions that yield the broadest measure of justice for their constituents.

Allegory and Ideology – Frederic Jameson

More than a work of literary criticism, Jameson’s new book shows us that any positive political developments to emerge from globalization will demand a new form of conceptualizing this seemingly unimaginable collection of human beings.

Marxist Literary Criticism Today – Barbara Foley

The message of Marxist criticism has more to offer students striving for change while facing the world.

99 Theses on the Revaluation of Value — Brian Massumi

Post-capitalist thinking here is not a navel-gazing exercise in utopian fabulation, but a very direct imperative to think through capitalist value-structures.

Breathing: Chaos and Poetry – Franco “Bifo” Berardi

There’s a great deal of chaos, very little breathing or poetry.