Note for the Present: Tyranny vs. Fascism

In 1996 Historian and Political Scientist Vijay Prashad wrote a fantastic paper titled “Emergency Assessments” in which he lambasted the barren "terrain of liberal thought”. Within liberal thought, he wrote, fascism (the mass mobilization of extreme chauvinistic nationalism) ”is seen as 'ahistorical', it arises for no apparent structural reason, is fought against gallantly and then… Continue reading Note for the Present: Tyranny vs. Fascism

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Understanding Capitalism: Don’t Take It On Faith

I am thinking about a note I found on the corner of the internet by journalist Liu Zhiyi: “After using the toilet at 4am, I stuck my ear on the workshop corridor wall, and listened to the machines rumbling steadily from all four directions - this is the factory's heartbeat. The employees work, walk and… Continue reading Understanding Capitalism: Don’t Take It On Faith

Why everyone should watch ‘The Battle of Algiers’

In a September 2003 article in the New York Times titled “What does the Pentagon see in 'Battle of Algiers'?”, Michael Kaufman wrote: “challenged by terrorist tactics and guerrilla warfare in Iraq, the Pentagon held a screening of [the film]” ... “As the flier inviting guests to the Pentagon screening declared: "How to win a… Continue reading Why everyone should watch ‘The Battle of Algiers’

In the ghetto …

What is a 'ghetto'? What could possibly be wrong with the (social) concept of "integration"? How might policymakers framing interventions into the lives of the ghetto poor be misguided? The following is a transcript of excerpts from Episode 23 of the UnMute Podcast, where philosopher Tommie Shelby gives us the surprising answers to these questions… Continue reading In the ghetto …

What we learnt from time travelling together (Part 3)

This is part 3 of a 3 part series, that critically examines our experience (Suvani Suri and I) of guiding a group of design students as they explored the theme: ‘time-machine’. You may begin at the beginning or read on.   We have already seen that today, the potential for authentic knowledge is easily ceded… Continue reading What we learnt from time travelling together (Part 3)

What we learnt from time travelling together (Part 2)

This is part 2 of a 3 part series, that critically examines our experience (Suvani Suri and I) of guiding a group of design students as they explored the theme: ‘time-machine’. You may begin at the beginning or read on.   As we saw it, the fundamental question was: How could we, in such a… Continue reading What we learnt from time travelling together (Part 2)

What we learnt from time travelling together (Part 1)

On the 16th of January, twelve people came together in a clock shaped room next to a watch factory at the edge of a city that could be any city in the world, to travel through time. An explanation – we were at a design college, one of 5 groups of students and guides exploring… Continue reading What we learnt from time travelling together (Part 1)