Karl Marx Monument in Chemnitz, in eastern Germany.
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A scholar of literary radicalism asks whether Marx's writings are at all relevant to the world's struggles with inequality today and why he's no longer being relegated to the dustbin of history.
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Marx's spectre still haunts everything from economics to politics to literature. Here's where to start if you want to know more.
Thinking with Karl Marx on his 200th birthday means recognising the importance of thought.
Some say the gig economy is capitalism's final victory, but maybe it's not.
This is certainly a moment to bring Engels's shade out of the shadows.
Hugh Masekela performing in 2015.
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The protest song "Stimela" remains as much a song about present and future aspirations, as it is of the past.
Total Recall (1990).
The idea that automation and robotics will lead to huge job losses is wrong. Big business likes the sweat of cheap labour too much.
The Joe Strummer mural on East 7th Street and Avenue A in the East Village, New York.
"The Magnificent Seven" was a slice of daily life, a class struggle song framed by the sound of funk and the emergent hip-hop in New York.
The single greatest failure of current punditry is the refusal to recognise that context matters. A one-size-fits-all approach to solving Zimbabwe's complex set of problems simply won't help.
When women are remembered as part of the Communist or any other political tradition it's often as an afterthought, or as part of the support system of the revolution.
There are many different ways to approach the thorny issue of decolonising knowledge.
Critical decolonisation means accepting risk of error. It means considering whether indigenous knowledge systems might contain truths that western science hasn't accessed.
Does God exist?
There remain many mysteries that are beyond science. Does that mean that a God truly exists? A scholar gives reasons for this possibility.
Student protests in South Africa have centred around free tertiary education.
Generational rebellion is an enduring feature of all societies. Indeed, it is the dynamic through which societies renew themselves and move forward.
Anarchism’s opposition to arbitrary power is often militant, but liberty is no simple thing.
Liberty is a political matter bound up with institutionalised struggles for equality among individuals, groups, networks and organisations. This is where the cult of the free individual falls down.
Paul Pogba helps France beat Iceland 5-2.
The marketing wizardry used by sports multinationals to sell these little round things by the truckload.
Dark times? Night falls in Davos.
We live in changing times. Let's hope the power brokers work out how to manage them.
Women wait in line to fill buckets from a communal clean tap in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa. The country has extremely high levels of inequality.
Thomas Piketty's visit reminds us of the need to reconsider South African inequality-fibbery. His inequality critique is vital, but only if it can withstand the neoliberal embrace.
Pino Pascali, Cannone Semovente (Gun), 1965.
Photo by Alessandra Chemollo, courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia
Okwui Enwezor's central show delivers an undisguised history lesson about Venice's past.
Of the many things academics obsess about, few rank more highly than citation counts. We all like to think our work is at least read by our peers, even if it doesn’t actually change the world. Google Scholar…