After criticising the global BLM protests last month for ignoring local contexts and fantasising their participation in US politics, I was asked by Verso Books blog to provide a view on the situation Brazil – police violence, political authoritarianism, resistance… Here’s my piece, the first in Verso Blog’s “Global Perspectives on Policing” dossier – which also … Continue reading Policing in Brazil
I have a piece out in Damage Magazine this week on the global spread of the Black Lives Matter protests. For me, they are indicative of Americanisation, of people living out a fantasy of being American. Except, rather than the forms of Americanisation we saw in the 20th century, this identification is specifically with what … Continue reading The Triumph of American Idealism
I have a piece in Damage Magazine discussing what we on Aufhebunga Bunga call “Neoliberal Order Breakdown Syndrome”, and how it is likely to be affected by Covid-19. In the article, I argue that we are seeing a brief resurgence for “technocracy” – or rule by experts – because of the pandemic. Politicians visibly “following … Continue reading Technocracy’s end-of-life rally
I wrote about my favourite place in São Paulo (not for the first time) in Domus, the Italian architecture and design magazine. My piece about the reclaiming of urban space in central SP came out in issue 1043 (Feb 2020) of the magazine. An online version is here.
And so that seems to be that. The left-populist experiment across Europe has fizzled out. A decade since the global financial crisis and nothing to show for it. It’s devastating, really. The ‘red wall’ did indeed crumble, and far more than I had even imagined/predicted. One after another, constituencies formerly based in steel or coal … Continue reading Hate to say it, but #BrexitWouldveWon