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New Left Review — new issue out now

Huw Lemmey 4 May 2012

The March/April issue of New Left Review is now on sale featuring the following essays:

T.J. Clark: For a Left with No Future

An epistle to capitalism's immobilized opponents from the author of Farewell to an Idea. Drawing on sources from Bruegel to Nietzsche, Hazlitt to Benjamin, T. J. Clark supplies notes for a rethinking of left politics that would recognize the impasses of the present and the horrific legacies of the past, while abandoning the mirages of futurity.

Susan Watkins: Presentism?

Responding to Clark, Susan Watkins questions the adequacy of a perspective built upon man's propensity for violence, and defends a historicized politics of social transformation against the cramped horizon of the present.

Tony Wood: Collapse as Crucible

While Russia's anti-Putin demonstrations have prompted talk of a civic awakening-led by a flat-pack middle class-the country's overall social landscape remains largely unmapped. Tony Wood surveys its shifting structures since the Soviet collapse, and the consequences of marketization's advance through the USSR's ruins.

Nancy Fraser: On Justice

Conceptions of justice drawn from Plato to Rawls, explored through analysis of a powerful novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Who counts as a subject, and what strategies could enable those debarred from the sphere of justice to overturn their status?

Ying Qian: Power in the Frame

Origins and mutations of the PRC's independent documentary movement. From vanguard to grass roots, and from passive observation of a country in flux to a politicized, activist cinema, turning its lens onto the workings of power.

Julian Stallabrass: Digital Partisans

A tonic for cyber-babble from the pages of Mute magazine, assessing the real impact of new technology on politics and cultural life. Can this valuable source of critique survive in a cold recessionary landscape?

The issue also features reviews from Robert O Paxton, Jacob Collins and Marco D'Eramo.

To access the new issue or to subscribe please visit the New Left Review.