The Political Test
Writing involves risks—the risk that one will be misunderstood, the risk of being persecuted, the risks of being made a champion for causes in which one does not believe, this risk of inadvertently supporting a reader’s prejudices, to name a few. In trying to give expression to what is true, the writer must “clear a passage within the agitated world of passions,” an undertaking that always to some extent fails: writers are never the master of their own speech.Read more about: Writing »
In Writing: The Political Test, France’s leading political philosopher, Claude Lefort, illuminates the process by which writers negotiate difficult path to free themselves from the ideological and contextual traps that would doom their attempts to articulate a new vision. Lefort examines writers whose works provide special insights into this problem of risk, both literary artists and political philosophers. Among them are Salman Rushdie, Sade, Tocqueville, Machiavelli, Leo Strauss, Orwell, Kant,...
The Cultural Turn
Selected Writings on the Postmodern, 1983–1998
A convenient introduction to Jameson’s key writings on postmodernism.
No one would contest that Fredric Jameson, one of the leading Marxist critics in the English-speaking world, has had an immense impact on the way we now understand the phenomenon of postmodernism. His classic work, Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, has been widely acclaimed as the seminal analysis of postmodernity from a cultural, philosophical and historical perspective.
Jameson’s reflections have become an essential reference-point for all those attempting to engage with postmodernism. However, until now his key writings on postmodernism have been unavailable in an easily accessible and affordable form. This book, designed as a short and convenient introduction to Jameson’s thought for both the student and the general reader, meets this need. Jameson on Postmodernism includes:
* “Postmodernism and Consumer Society,” Jameson’s classic analysis of postmodernityRead more about: The Cultural Turn »
* “Marxism and Postmodernism,” in which Jameson responds to his critics
* “Theories of the Postmodern,” his survey of alternative approaches
* “The Antinomies of Postmodernity,” an extract from his recently published work,...
The Strategy of Deception
Written with his characteristic flair, Virillo’s latest book is a trenchant denunciation of the Kosovo war in which he successfully unites theory with a riveting study of the conflict. Tearing aside the veil of hypocrisy in which the USA and its allies wrapped the war, Virillo demonstrates that the nature of the bombing was set by strategic rather than ethical considerations.
Beneath the humanitarian rhetoric, Virillo sees a sinister innovation in the methods of waging war: territorial space is being replaced by orbital space in which a system of global telesurveillance is linked to the destructive power of bombers and missiles. Governments, the military and the media are becoming part of a seamless and self-justifying process linked by new information and arms technologies.
Passionate and political, Strategy of Deception is a vital examination not only of the war in Yugoslavia but also what Virillo calls our “fin-de-siécle infantilization” in which the reality of battle is reduced to flickering images on a screen....Read more about: The Strategy of Deception »
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Texts on the Politics of Precarious Labour
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Wings of Detriment... Read more about: Wings of Detriment »
Poetry by R. Loren
Storm from the Mountain
The Zapatistas Take Mexico City
Big Noise Films
Storm from the Mountainis a beautiful and empowering video documenting the historic three weeks in Mexico from Feb 24 to March 11, 2001. Originally satellitecast nationally on Free Speech TV March 14, the video follows the Zapatista caravan as it journeyed through 12 Mexican states visiting indigenous communities, eventually arriving in Mexico City to be greeted by over 300,000 people.... Read more about: Storm from the Mountain »