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September 16, 2021| Review

The Age of Extremes

As tempting as it is to fantasize on what could have been, the historian’s task, Hobsbawm quips, is to analyze what was. And so despite his sympathies and disappointments, Hobsbawm does what no ideological historian can do, but which only the best Marxist thinkers are capable of.

Black and white photo of a Soviet woman looking at fallen hammer and sickle emblem.
April 1, 2021| Commentary

Subversive Bach

The music brings out this sense of inexorableness that the text signals with words like bestimmen (designate, determine, appoint) and the clipped, forceful, almost untranslatable Not (destitution, misery, dire need).

Copperplate print showing perspective view of Nikolaikirche, Leipzig.
March 24, 2021| Review

Beyond Jubilee: Debt Abolition

While debt is a weapon that divides, isolates, and disciplines us, debt is also something that unites us, “binding each of us to a broader set of financial and political circumstances” that intersect racist, colonialist, and capitalist forms of exploitation.

Book cover of Can't Pay, Won't Pay.