Chris Clough reviews Paul Mason's latest book Paul Mason's new book Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere is a thought-provoking look at the wave of struggle that is currently sweeping the globe. It’s an engaging narrative that effortlessly leaps between eye-opening facts and hair-rising on-the-ground accounts of working people resisting austerity and dictatorship. Mason traces the … Continue reading Review: Why it's Kicking Off everywhere: The New Global Revolutions
Zombies are big business, with more games and films coming out every year cashing in on the idea of the walking dead. Will Walsh looks at why our society is so zombified AMC’S THE Walking Dead has taken the world by storm. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, the series follows a … Continue reading Undead capitalism
It is that time of the year again, writes Simon Hardy. But what is the real meaning of Christmas under a capitalist system? Every year Christmas seems to start earlier. No sooner are the Halloween costumes taken down from the displays than the fake plastic trees, chocolate calendars and snow-in-a-can decorations come out. Whilst … Continue reading What Christmas means for capitalism
Mark Fisher, cultural critic, author of Capitalist Realism (Zero Books: 2009) and a lecturer at Goldsmiths and the University of East London, spoke to Simon Hardy about the state of modern politics, the power of ruling class ideology and the problems of the radical left in the face of the global capitalist crisis. IT WAS odd but … Continue reading The challenge of Capitalist Realism – rebuilding faith in a radical alternative
In today’s society, no status supersedes that of ‘celebrity’. But is that really the case? Joana Ramiro looks at the allure of celebrity culture and how it relates to the class divide THE LAST years of the 20th century might have invented girl-bands and Dolly the sheep, but it was the growing hysteria about the ‘celebrity’ that … Continue reading Capitalism and celebrity
Rapper Lowkey is hugely popular for his radical political message and activism. He is profiled by Matt Chew “They don’t really know what revolution would mean, it would mean blood, it would mean pain, but it could be us that bring that change” - Lowkey Lowkey is a revolutionary lyricist and political activist. As a … Continue reading Lowkey – rap and revolution
Rachel Hodgins reviews Playing with Fire by David Edgar, National Theatre to 21 October The past few years have seen a welcome revival of political theatre in Britain. David Edgar started his career as one of a generation of political playwrights and, unlike many of his contemporaries of 30 years ago, has been producing political … Continue reading Playing with Politics?