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The Infrastructure of Assent: Professions in the Age of Trumpism

  “Celebrating the mission civilisatrice in Morocco, he praised the instruction, loyalty, and justice brought by the French, as well as the network of roads and the cities they had built—all “signs of civilization.” These achievements, he argued, had created an atmosphere of admiration, enthusiasm, and respect among the Arabs.” — Zeynep Çelik, Le Corbusier, Orientalism, [...]

‘To stand with the world at your feet’- Capitalism, Fascism, The Future

  Four Futures: Life After Capitalism by Peter Frase (Verso, 2016) Vertical: The City from Satellites to Bunkers by Stephen Graham (Verso, 2016) Around the time of the 2016 US Elections Florian Philippot, chief strategist of France’s virulently racist Front National party, jubilantly tweeted “their world is collapsing, ours is being built”. This was an [...]

They Need to Learn to Fear Again

  or the last few years, I’ve been obsessing over World War Two, and more specifically my family’s role in it. Three of my grandparents were directly involved in the British war effort. My grandmother could have died during the Blitz and her first husband was in fact killed flying planes during the Battle of [...]

Perilous Times

  oday Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States after acquiring the majority of promised electoral college votes. He becomes President despite his opponent Hillary Clinton achieving a three million majority of the popular vote, the Republican Party’s tactics of redistricting and blocking access to voting stations resulting in the disenfranchisement and [...]