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Hope in an end-time

When you notice a crop of books all dealing with the same subject, then you know something is up with the zeitgeist.   Steve Latham   In recent years there were a flock of left-wing books addressing hope. Terry Eagleton, Slavoj Žižek, Srecko Horvat, and David Graeber, all essayed their […]

Coronavirus and a new society
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Coronavirus and a new society

My daughter commented recently that the global pandemic reminds her of all the dystopian scifi books on her bookshelf; a genre all of its own, there are even sections dedicated to it in bookshops.   Steve Latham   For my generation, growing up watching TV programmes about World War 2, […]

Feeling the city
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Feeling the city

The technocratic, managerial ethos of Twentieth Century urban planning left out human value and scale.   Steve Latham   But opposed, for instance, to Robert Moses’ schemes for New York, arose Jane Jacobs, who reasserted the role of the local, small-scale, and human, for city-living. But it’s debateable whether she […]

Class and identity
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Class and identity

Throughout the world, far-right populists mobilise supporters along lines of identity: especially religion and race.   Steve Latham   Left-wing commentators decry this, because it subverts class-based politics. But (as a friend asked me) what is the relationship between these two models of political mobilisation? It’s ironic that leftists criticise […]