Letter from Istanbul: ‘People are angry’

A longtime resident of Istanbul reflects on the latest bombing that hit the city. Istanbul – It was one of those texts you get just before switching off the bedside lamp. I was expecting it to be a loving goodnight message from my husband, who was away on business. It wasn’t. “Attack on Ataturk International…

Neoliberalism Poisons Everything: How Free-Market Mania Threatens Education and Democracy

Reducing everything—including people—to markets makes democracy impossible, UC Berkeley’s Wendy Brown tells Salon… | Elias Isquith | Salon | Among lefties today, there may be no more toxic and discrediting a label than “neoliberal.” To be called a neoliberal is, generally, to be associated with the worst of capitalism’s excesses — Wall Street greed, union-busting, deregulation,…

Chantal Mouffe and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy

By McKenzie Wark, Versobooks, first appeared in Public Seminar. Watching the American Presidential Primaries and now the “Brexit” vote in the UK on leaving the European Union, I am struck by how apt the political theory of Chantal Mouffe is to both situations. Both in the US and the UK, there was a contest as to…

Alain Badiou on Terrorism and Global Capitalism

| Uisio | “Prominent French philosopher Alain Badiou, in his new book about the terrorist attacks of November 13 in Paris, recalls the pressing need of offering the world’s youth, who are highly frustrated by capitalism that does not honour its promises, an ideological alternative. He tries to shed light upon the enigmatic death impulse that drives…

Alain Badiou: What is Called a Failure?

The mid-1970s saw the begin­nings of the ebb the ‘red dec­ade’ ushered in by the fourfold cir­cum­stances of national lib­er­a­tion struggles (in Viet­nam and Palestine in par­tic­u­lar), the world­wide stu­dent and youth move­ment (Ger­many, Japan, the USA, Mex­ico . . .), fact­ory revolts (France and Italy) and the Cul­tural Revolu­tion in China. It finds its…

Jeremy Corbyn’s full statement after the no-confidence vote

Jeremy Corbyn says he won’t resign and ‘betray’ Labour members – statement full text The Labour leader has lost a ‘no confidence’ vote Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn Ian Forsyth/Getty Images Jeremy Corbyn has issued a defiant statement after he lost a ‘no confidence’ vote from his MPs. The Labour leader was rejected by 172 of his…

Ride With Me

There’s a simple way you can show solidarity with the UK’s foreign-born population Bethan McKernan indy100 One of the ugliest side effects of the UK’s decision to leave the EU last week has been a sharp increase in reported hate crimes. Vote Leave’s campaign was tainted by accusations of racist dog-whistling: a poster unveiled by…

British Pound at an All-Time Low

Brexit worse on GBP than 2008 financial crisis World stocks and British pound sterling fall dramatically over fears of UK recession after its decision to leave the EU. A British vote to leave the European Union has shocked the world’s financial markets and has brought the British pound down to a 31-year low, its biggest…