Reviews

On The Internet No One Can Hear You Scream (Because You Don’t Have A Mouth)

Harlan Ellison’s 1967 work “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream” looms large on the internet. The Hugo award winning short story tells the tale of the only five people left alive after civilisation has been wiped out by a supercomputer called “AM”. Initially a weapons system in an escalated cold war (“Allied Mastercomputer”), AM becomes self aware (and namewise moves…

Review: A People’s History of Tennis

Credit: UA Archives – Upper Arlington Public Library (Repository: UA Historical Society) I have never considered myself a “sports person”.  In my salad days, I hardly brimmed with natural athleticism. To me, school sport was at best an irritant and at worst an exercise in humiliation–I faked injuries in order to do my homework in the library (I know, I know) and declared…

Review: Yesterday’s Man: The Case Against Joe Biden by Branko Marcetic

Famously, Franklin Roosevelt was described by none other than Supreme Court Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes as possessing a “second class intellect but a first class temperament”. While perhaps they wouldn’t say as much out loud, one gets the feeling that this is an epithet with which supporters of Joseph R. Biden, former Vice President, 6-term Senator from Delaware and presumptive Democratic…

So much for the terrestrial left! A. A. Gittlitz’ I Want to Believe: Posadism, UFOs and Apocalypse Communism

  If you’re the type that engages with contemporary left theory, chances are you’ll be familiar with “capitalist realism”; Mark Fisher’s idea that neoliberal capitalism has done such a number on our capacity for radical imagination that “it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism”. However, the affliction of the contemporary left (here covering everything…

Review: Jon Lawrence’s Me, Me, Me?

Faced with the crisis of social democracy, a loss of faith in ‘experts’ and leaders, and a surge of reactionary nationalism, the concept of community looms large in political discussion. Small communities outside of London and the south-east of England are, variously, disempowered by centralisation, looked down upon by cultural elites, and ravaged by unrelenting globalisation. Most of all, community is said…

Review: People’s Republic of Walmart

In his 2016 book ‘An American Utopia,’ the renowned Marxist theorist and critic Frederic Jameson suggested that Walmart may, counterintuitively, offer a guide for a post-capitalist future. Now, Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski have expanded on this provocation in their new book ‘People’s Republic of Walmart’, which attempts to reexamine the achievements of modern multinational capitalism through a socialist lens. Walmart, with…