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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

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  • 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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  • EXCLUSIVE EXTRACT - Chapter One of Utopia or Bust by Benjamin Kunkel



    All this week we will be bringing you an exclusive serialisation of the opening chapter of Benjamin Kunkel's Utopia or Bust. In the chapter entitled 'David Harvey: Crisis Theory', Kunkel begins his examination of the world of Marxist thought and the basis of Western society today with an exploration of Harvey's body of work and contribution to post-Marxian theory.


    The deepest economic crisis in eighty years prompted a shallow revival of Marxism. During the panicky period between the failure of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 and the official end of the American recession in the summer of 2009, several mainstream journals, displaying a less than sincere mixture of broadmindedness and chagrin, hailed Marx as a neglected seer of capitalist crisis. The trend-spotting Foreign Policy led the way, with a cover story on Marx, for its Next Big Thing issue, enticing readers with a promise of the star treatment: “Lights. Camera. Action. Das Kapital. Now.”

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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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