Philosopher Brad Evans explores the dark spectacle of violence in the 21st century - as a atmospheric threat hanging over our personal lives in an insecure society, and a political tool to author new forms of control and coercion - and calls for a new concept of politics outside the everyday cycles of force and fear we find ourselves in.
Brad is author of the book Atrocity Exhibition: Life in the Age of Total Violence from Los Angeles Review of Books.
Historian Kellie Carter Jackson explores the use of violence by Black abolitionists in the antebellum US - as a strategy of survival and solidarity between Black people, a forceful language in contrast to the half-measures of non-violent White abolitionists, and a model for oppressed people to win freedom from a system that denies their basic humanity.
Kellie is author of the book Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence from University of Pennsylvana Press.
Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski explain why Walmart and other giant multinational corporations prove the feasibility of large-scale, centrally planned economies, and how the left could use the technology and infrastructure of capital to transform a global economy in service of equality and security for all people.
Michal and Leigh are authors of The People’s Republic of Walmart: How the World’s Biggest Corporations are Laying the Foundation for Socialism from Verso.
Historian Christina Ward examines how (and what) corporations taught Americans to eat in the 20th century - as science, capitalism and mass media converged around the home, businesses sold consumers a vision of health and success, all packaged and preserved for the benefit of brands, not the health of people.
Christina is author of the book American Advertising Cookbooks: How Corporations Taught Us to Love Spam, Bananas, and Jell-O from Feral House.
In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen considers the case of Michael Coen, and the case of John Harris - two snitches in the news for (sort of maybe finally) doing the right thing after a long series of wrong things, in a country full of right people being ruined by a long series of wrong people winning the wrong way.