Soundings

Articles from No. 37, Winter

A Taste of Blood in the Jungle: Revisiting American Empire
Philip Golub argues that American empire has always relied on force, as well as on more informal mechanisms.The United States has a record of conquest, colonization, and territorial expansion unequalled by any people in the nineteenth century, and we...
Cutting Costs
Cutting costs Andrew Simms, Ecological Debt: The Health of the Planet and the Wealth of Nations Pluto, £12.99In Ecological Debt Andrew Simms attempts to correct mainstream economic approaches in which the environment is typically an afterthought (where...
Editorial
Tales of the cityThe majority of the world's population now live in cities, and in this issue a number of contributors discuss what this means for contemporary politics. Ash Amin asks what is salvageable from the old idea of the city as the ideal republic,...
Global Income Inequality
Branko Milanovic looks at changing patterns of global inequality, and different ways of measuring it.What do we mean by global inequality? How large is it? Is it increasing? Why does it matter? What can be done about it? These are some questions addressed...
In and Out: Imagined Translations
'...from the coastline of sidelong looks to the fertile valleys of infidelity.'*1.They think manlinessmeans hard withdrawals.The sharp emptinessrips through me.But this man -He's not afraidof growing soft in me.So I'm soft on him.2.Midway I smile.The...
Istanbul Tales
David Morley reflects on the past and future of Istanbul.For some time now Turkey has been in the news in Europe, not only in relation to hostility to Turkey's bid to join the EU from politicians such as Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel, but also, more...
Living with Difference
Stuart Hall in conversation with Bill SchwarzIn your article 'The Great Moving Right Show [Marxism Today January 1979], you told us that what Mrs Thatcher was going to achieve was not so much the victories of her own administration: she was going to...
The Cold War of the Information Society
The cold war of the information society Richard Barbrook, Imaginary Futures: From Thinking Machines to the Global Villane, Pluto Press £16.99In this era of ambivalence and uncertainty, of one thing we seem to be sure: we live in the information society....
The Dreaming City
Gerry Hassan discusses the innovative Glasgow 2020 project.What Glasgow? - The city, not the film. The cityis the film. - Oh come on. -1 tell you. - Right then,look. Renfield Street, marchers, banners, slogans.Read the message, hear the chant. - Lights,...
The Good City
Can we still see the city as a place for a hopeful politics?Models of the good city tend to project from the circumstances of the times. Today, in many cities of the global South, access to the staples of life - clean water, energy, shelter and sanitation...
The Good Empire
The recent trend of portraying the British Empire as generally beneficial for all concerned has provided a useful cover for present-day expansionists on both sides of the Atlantic. Chalmers Johnson takes issue with the empire revisionists.Regardless...
The Political Economy of Twenty-First Century Socialism
Pat Devine makes the case for a model of socialism based on social ownership and participatory planning.Historically, socialism was seen as an alternative to capitalism, a new way of organising society, not least economic activity, based on a new set...
The Sound of the Suburbs
Rupa Huq argues that we need to reconceptualise suburban lifeIn many ways the essence of 'Englishness' is encapsulated in traditional understandings of what constitutes 'suburbia'. But these twin concepts, evoking landscapes frozen in time, have little...
Understanding Venezuela
Francisco Dominguez charts the progress of the Bolivarian revolution.How to understand Venezuela? At one extreme one finds interpretations of Chavez's Bolivarian Revolution as just another 'socialistic' experiment, doomed to fail unless significantly...
Vita Nullius
The expansion of property rights brought about by TRIPS is a modern version of the enclosure movementThe hand that signed the treaty bred a fever,And famine grew, and locusts came;Great is the hand that holds dominion overMan by a scribbled name.Dylan...
Wild Law and the Challenge of Climate Change
Human legal systems need to be understood and framed within a wider context of the complex natural 'laws' of life on earth.These are wild times for civilisation. The dramatic increase in the incidence and severity of cyclones, storms, droughts, fires...
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