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David Cameron’s Tea Party

by / RP 165 (Jan/Feb 2011) / Commentary

While ‘Tea Party’ rebels agitate for the return of ‘Austrian’ principles in the USA, the Conservative Party under David Cameron is actually implementing these principles in the UK. Without prefacing their agenda with the hysterical red-baiting characteristic of the Tea Party, the Tories argue that their spending reductions are not ideologically driven but are necessary …

The global capital leviathan

by / RP 165 (Jan/Feb 2011) / Commentary

The money mandarins of global capitalism and their political agents are utilizing the global crisis to impose brutal austerity and attempting to dismantle what is left of welfare systems and social states in Europe, North America and elsewhere. The budgetary and fiscal crises that supposedly justify spending cuts and austerity are …

Roar so wildly

Spam, technology and language
by / RP 164 (Nov/Dec 2010) / Commentary

The machines in the shop roar so wildly that often I forget in the roar that I am; I am lost in the terrible tumult, my ego disappears, I am a machine. I work, and work, and work with- out end; I am busy, and busy, and busy at all time. For what? and for …

What’s so great about timeless?

Architecture and the Prince, again
by / RP 163 (Sep/Oct 2010) / Commentary

Whoever succeeds in redeveloping the Chelsea Barracks site will probably produce a small book to mark its completion. This will include an account of the site’s history, illustrated with maps and engravings, rather furry black-and-white photographs and a selection of press cuttings. There will be timelines charting the schemes produced, the …

Longing for a greener present

Neoliberalism and the eco-city
by / RP 163 (Sep/Oct 2010) / Commentary

In recent years, architects have found themselves increasingly commissioned to design entire new cities: a phenomenon that has been accompanied by a commitment to those terms of ‘sustainability’ which now seem inseparable from the urban project itself. While ‘sustainability’ remains a vague concept at best, it nonetheless presents itself with an …

Inside a charging bull

Iceland, one year on
by / RP 162 (Jul/Aug 2010) / Commentary

After Iceland’s three banks collapsed in October 2008 – a bankruptcy bigger than Lehmann Brothers’ in a republic of 300,000 inhabitants – the public overthrew a neoliberal government through mass protest, precipitating a general election. On election day, 25 April 2009, the conservative head of Iceland’s public radio newsroom sighed his …

Feminism did not fail

by / RP 161 (May/Jun 2010) / Commentary

‘You nearly gave me a heart attack’, a friend told me, after my talk at the opening session of the event in London celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the first national Women’s Liberation Conference in the UK, at Ruskin College, in February 1970. Appropriately enough, the feminist publisher and cultural entrepreneur Ursula Owen …

The myth of preparedness

by / RP 161 (May/Jun 2010) / Commentary

Look at this place! It’s buzzing… [Bomb explosion. People screaming. Chaos] Were you caught off-guard? That’s the problem. Can you imagine life without the places where we congregate? These are convenient places, places where we want to go, are free to go. In airports and stadiums you can monitor access, they are contained. Public spaces …

Hey! Can’t you smile!

Women and status in philosophy
by / RP 160 (Mar/Apr 2010) / Commentary

Babette Babich proposes that respect for woman philosophers should – like for their male counterparts – extend to a toleration and admiration for them as social misfits.

The Question of Caster Semenya

by / RP 160 (Mar/Apr 2010) / Commentary

Sex and gender issues in the case of intersex runner Caster Semenya

The global movement

Seattle, ten years on
by / RP 159 (Jan/Feb 2010) / Commentary

On the tenth anniversary of the 1999 protests against the WTO in Seattle, Rodrigo Nunes considers the legacy of the so-called “global movement” and argues it was only ever a global moment.

Rentier capitalism and the Iranian puzzle

by / RP 159 (Jan/Feb 2010) / Commentary

Dariush M. Doust considers the relation of the Green Movement to the Iranian Revolution and to rentier capitalism in Iran

Neither theocracy nor secularism

Politics in Iran
by / RP 158 (Nov/Dec 2009) / Commentary

On Saturday 13 June this year, hours after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Ministry of the Interior announced his landslide victory as Iran’s president and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the religious head of state, prematurely and unconstitutionally embraced these results, Tehran and several other major cities became the stage for spontaneous, sporadic and widespread protests. …

Lash out and cover up

Austerity nostalgia and ironic authoritarianism in recession Britain
by / RP 157 (Sep/Oct 2009) / Commentary

Britain has reacted strangely to the crisis of neoliberalism. The country’s seemingly endemic nostalgia, particularly for the Second World War, has long been exploited by Thatcherites and Blairites; but its recent political use shows, in an especially acute form, the contradictions produced by an economy of consumption attempting to adapt to thrift, and to normalize …

Reckless trials?

The criminalization of the sexual transmission of HIV
by / RP 156 (Jul/Aug 2009) / Commentary

Symposium on Keynes

No New Deal Is Possible, Keynesianism Constrained, The Politics of the Long Run
by , and / RP 155 (May/Jun 2009) / Commentary

No New Deal Is Possible Antonio Negri

Keynesianism Constrained Jim Tomlinson

The Politics of the Long Run Yutaka Nagahara

The war against pre-terrorism

The Tarnac 9 and The Coming Insurrection
by / RP 154 (Mar/Apr 2009) / Commentary

Sarkozy’s law

The institutionalization of xenophobia in the new Europe
by / RP 153 (Jan/Feb 2009) / Commentary

The Roma in Italy

Racism as usual?
by / RP 153 (Jan/Feb 2009) / Commentary

Between imperial client and useful enemy

Pakistan’s permanent crisis
by / RP 152 (Nov/Dec 2008) / Commentary