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Crime without Punishment: Slavery and Capitalism

There are currently an estimated 40 million people enslaved in the world, more than half the population of the UK today. Justine Nolan and Martin Boersma in their book Addressing Modern slavery point out that due to the general global abolition of slavery its nature, features and telling signs have changed. To understand slavery in the modern […]

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PERISCOPE RECOMMENDS #3

Cyberculture to Counterculture – Fred Turner This is my favourite book of the year. This book seeks to answer the question: why do technology and the internet have a symbolic connection with ‘hip’ culture, LSD and eastern spirituality? What it finds is that the values of the new communalists in the 60s have values that […]

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How Inaction Can Make One Complicit

I am a white middle-class man. I do not, and never will understand what it means to be systematically discriminated against because of my race. I aim this article at others, like myself, who perhaps do not see it as their responsibility to get involved in the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. You are in […]

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Periscope Recommends #2: BLM Edition

The Combahee River Collective Statement, 1977 The Combahee River Collective were a group of black, lesbian, feminist activists from multiple organisations in Boston during the 70s. In this statement they highlight the social space occupied by black women – pointing out that the intersections of sex (which we would now recognise as gender), sexuality, race […]

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The Problem With Dominic Cummings

When my mother watched Dominic Cummings’ press conference on May 25th, it was the first time she had heard him speak. She watched the entire thing and the impression she got from Cummings was that ‘he’s an arrogant arsehole’. The public attitude was fairly similar. For all the bravado that Cummings showed, the majority of […]

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Periscope Recommends #1

Capital’s logistical fix: Accumulation, globalization, and the survival of capitalism by Martin Danyluk Martin Danyluk explores how developments in logistics have underpinned globalisation and the reproduction of capitalist social relations into the 21st century. Danyluk uses David Harvey’s concept of the ‘fix’ to dissect the role of the logistics industry in offsetting capitalism’s crisis tendencies […]

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Corona Confusion, Contradictions and Pure C*ck Ups: A VENT

From the left, to the right, to the people that couldn’t care less about politics, there is a feeling we’re all a bit miffed. Last week, the ‘Stay Alert’ message was leaked to the press and thus followed an eruption of confusion that was perhaps best demonstrated by the reactions on Channel 4’s Gogglebox. As […]

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Key Worker? Pay Up! Coronavirus and The Housing Crisis

Shelter is a basic human necessity. Along with food, water and rest it makes up the base of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Nobody can exist without it and yet, due to the Coronavirus epidemic, we are expecting some to go without. The Government have announced various policies for those experiencing financial hardship. For tenants in […]

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How Neoliberalism has Sowed the Seeds of a Nationalist Revival

Prior to COVID-19 political nationalism had enjoyed growing support. Its popularity is likely to remain into the aftermath of this pandemic as democracies decide who should pay for the vast amounts of money that have been spent to keep economies from completely collapsing. understanding the consequences and causes of nationalism remain as important as ever. […]

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The Labour Party and the Iron Cage of Electoral Realism

The iron cage of electoral reason traps us all. The bird inside sees only the space of the cage, there is the appearance of ample room to move, but flying is not an option. The bird inside thinks it is flying when it jumps around, but it has never experienced flight, so the concept does […]