Richard Dienst is the author of Still Life in Real Time: Theory after
Television and The Bonds of Debt, and a co-editor of Reading the Shape of the World. He teaches in
the Department of English at Rutgers University.
As the experience of Strike Debt has shown, it has proven difficult to aggregate acts of defiance and default into a political force. Must Utopia go further, then: not just to erase the debts we have, but to break the economic and legal apparatuses that create debt, in order to ensure that nobody will need to go into debt ever again?