How did the Left fuck this up so badly?
We have not lacked for revolt: from the Arab world, through Brazil and Turkey, all the way to Lower Manhattan Occupy.
But into what channel do these rivulets run?
Where are the rough beasts whose birth we await?
Why has the enemy – still – not ceased to be victorious?
In Salvage we hope to pose these questions, if not – yet – to answer them. Salvage is by and for all those who despise the rule of capital, inequality and oppression - but who cannot stomach any more the bad faith in which the opponents of that system have come to live and breathe.
We abjure the typical and grotesque left chimera of sentimentalism, moralism and bullshit. We despise the bad dialectic of defensiveness and self-aggrandisement.
We do not despair, but we are despair-curious.
Across literary form and theoretical loyalty, featuring essays, poetry, art and fiction, obsessed with politics, economics, art and the (post)(anti)human, Salvage declares for austere revolutionary pessimism.
SALVAGE Issue 1 features pieces by the likes of Alberto Toscano, Kevin Ovenden, Trish Kahle, Morgane Merteuil, China Miéville, Mary Robertson, Neil Davidson and Joana Ramiro, translations of the work of Franco Fortini, the poetry of Caitín Doherty and the artwork of Season Butler, Karen Mirza and Laura Oldfield Ford.