To a foreigner who has been living and working in the United Kingdom for the last sixteen years, the immediate post-referendum situation appears highly paradoxical. It seems as if the shock has been of such a magnitude that even the most celebrated British virtues — sense of humor, understatement and, above all, solid common sense — have faded away.
On the losing side, which includes, of course, most of the media and the economic and political establishment, the impact is as devastating as it is unexpected. The markets are plunging all over the world and the City of London, the economy’s central nervous system, faces disaster.
Alan Wald's review of Fire and Blood: The European Civil War, 1914-1945 was first published in Against the Current.
(German and Italian troops round up civilians on the Via Rosella following the Partisan ambush of an SS march, March 1944. Via Wikimedia Commons.)
Enzo Traverso has pulled off the rare reconstruction of a past epoch that pulsates with electric immediacy. Fire and Blood fashions events happening seventy-five-to-one-hundred years ago to feel as lively and pertinent as political debates taking place at present. His principal topic is the hell that was the center of Europe’s two world wars climaxing in a deluge of totalitarianism and genocide, and the devil is back today.
The American Sociological Association has announced that Jason W. Moore’s book Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital has won the Section on the Political Economy of the World-System Book Award.
The PEWS Book Award is given annually to the leading text on the relationship between local and global social, economic, and political processes, whether of historical or contemporary significance. This marks the second time in three years that a Verso book has won this award, with Vivek Chibber’s acclaimed Postcolonial Theory and the Spectre of Capital winning the title in 2014.
First published in Mediapart. Translated by David Broder.
Democracy does not belong to either Left or Right. When it is besmirched by governments identifying with either of these political families, any republican worthy of the name must simply say "No." The government has put this attitude of principle on alert as it has imposed a socially regressive law on all workers in France without debate, despite having no majority in Parliament and being in the minority in the country.
“how to theorize and to politicize violence in the midst of violence, to indicate the wetness of water while submerged” –Jared Sexton
“We would sit there and ask, ‘Why do we suffer?’ As we got more involved into the movements, we said, ‘Why do we always got to take the brunt of this shit?’” –Sylvia Rivera
Audre Lorde said that anger holds information and power. In the wake of the Orlando shooting, we might extend this and say that grief holds information and power. Like so many, I’ve been feeling and sitting in anguish, mourning the collective loss of those precious queer and trans folks of color killed at Pulse.