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A Deadening Democracy: From Polokwane to #Sona2017

The events inside and around parliament on February 9 — the violent ejecting of opposition Economic Freedom Fighters from the legislature, the pepper-spraying of guests in the public gallery, the repression of journalists, the deployment of the army on the streets of Cape Town, the thuggish behaviour of ANC MPs —  should not have surprised [...]

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 [...]