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    Melissa Benn

    "Melissa Benn deserves—demands—to be read."—Will Hutton
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    Melissa Gira Grant

    “Hugely influential ... a must read.” – Chris Hayes
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    Benjamin Kunkel

    “Rigorous and unapologetically Marxist.– New York

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    Lynne Segal

    “A powerful manifesto for dealing with the march of time.” – Observer
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    Owen Jones

    "A work of passion, sympathy and moral grace." Dwight Garner, New York Times


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    David Harvey

    “David Harvey provoked a revolution in his field and has inspired a generation of radical intellectuals.” – Naomi Klein




  • Whoever said this was a Christian country? Verso's Reading List on Christianity

    When (and if) they celebrated Easter this week-end, most people did not have its religious significance at the back of their head. Easter is now more an opportunity to get together with one’s family and relatives, its religious meaning blurred and hazy, rather than a moment when Christianity should be celebrated. Yet it seems that David Cameron seized this calendar opportunity to present the UK as a “Christian country”. More than 50 prominent public figures including novelist, diplomats, Nobel prize winners and playwrights have immediately accused David Cameron of fostering divisions in the UK by making this unnecessary, irrelevant point.

    Rather than promoting a fantasized vision of this country’s religious history and “status” (sic), Verso has published for many years critical accounts of Christianity and the broader issues of religion, belief and faith. Contrary to what Cameron is saying, religion can have far-reaching revolutionary implications.

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  • "When you walk all is possible. Your future is as open as the sky in front of you."—Frédéric Gros interviewed in the Observer

    An entertaining and insightful manifesto for putting one foot in front of the other, A Philosophy of Walking by Frédéric Gros has been receiving wide-reaching and admiring coverage. 

    In an extensive interview with Carole Cadwalladr in the ObserverGros talks of his philosophy and his conception of walking as a form of "life scoured bare"; as a way of "experiencing the real".

    Gros explains how he first noticed how many great philosophers were also great walkers. "That is, it was not just that walking was a distraction from their work. It was that walking was really their element. It was the condition of their work."

    The piece calls A Philosophy of Walking "a passionate affirmation of the simple life, and joy in simple things. And it's beautifully written: clear, simple, precise; the opposite of most academic writing."

    Visit the Observer to read the interview in full. 

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  • "A present defaults – unless the crowd declares itself": Alain Badiou on Ukraine, Egypt and finitude

    I will say once again that I think that the fundamental figure of contemporary oppression is finitude. The strategic axis of this seminar is to provide the means for a critique of the contemporary world by identifying something within its propaganda, activity etc. at whose centre is the imposition of finitude, that is to say, the exclusion of the infinite from humanity’s possible set of horizons. At each session, from now up until the end of the year, I want to give you an example of the way in which something taking place today, or some commonplace or constantly used category, can be represented as a figure or operation of reduction to finitude. As such, each of these things can be encapsulated in terms of the general oppressive vision of finitude.

    Today I would like to take the example of Ukraine, the way in which the historic events in Ukraine serve the propagandist consensus that both constitutes and envelops it (at our next sessions I will address two connected notions, which are similarly hegemonic and bask in consensus: the notions of the republic and of secularism – and what I call false invariants: what is assumed to be an invariant, a commonplace of thought, and even a proof of what it is that unites us).

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  • Gabriel García Márquez, 1927–2014

    The esteemed and widely-loved novelist Gabriel García Márquez has passed away, aged 87.

    Here we present a full 1983 interview entitled 'Our Own Brand of Socialism'. You can also read the full interview over at the New Left Review website.



    Can we look back over the way your political ideas have developed? Your father is a Conservative. Colombia went through a century of intermittent civil war after its independence from Spain in 1819. Two political parties crystallized in the 1840s: the Conservatives whose traditionalist philosophy was based on family, church and state; and the Liberals who were free-thinkers, anti-clerical and economic liberals. The bloodiest of the wars between these two parties was the ‘War of The Thousand Days’ (1899–1902) which left the country bankrupt and devastated. In Colombia we say being a Conservative or Liberal depends on what your father is, but yours obviously didn’t influence your politics at all because you opted for the left very early on. Was this political stance a reaction against your family?

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