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Articles from No. 54, Summer

A Relational Society: Human Relationships Cannot Be Encompassed within a Narrow, Market-Exchange World View
Neoliberalism has as one of its basic presuppositions the idea that the human world is composed essentially of individuals, who should as far as possible be free to make their own choices and to advance their own interests, in pursuit of whatever they...
Hope and Experience
The Soundings Manifesto project is aiming to be part of an intergenerational dialogue about the best ways to resist neoliberalism and put forward alternative visions of a good society. This issue of the journal, as well as publishing two more instalments...
Mapping the Carbon Web
James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello, The Oil Road, Verso 2012 It was about four million years ago that a host of plankton and plants was deposited in a sandy rock formation. The sediments lie now beneath the Caspian Sea, offshore from Baku in...
Optimism of the Intellect? Hegemony and Hope: Thinking with Gramsci Can Help Us to Find Realistic Grounds for Hope
'Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will' is one of Gramsci's best-remembered sayings, and it has informed much fine critical analysis, including within the pages of Soundings. Critical work has helped uncover the transformations wrought by...
Our Dirty Love Affair with Technology: It Is Time to Recognise That the Digital Economy Is a Large-Scale Contributor to Ecological Damage
Global expenditure on electronics reached a trillion dollars in 2012 - a 5 per cent increase on 2011 despite the deep recession. The United States alone can be credited, if that's the word, for more than a quarter of this growth, most of it via the...
Thatcher's Spiral and a Citizen Renaissance: Neoliberalism Advances through a Self-Reinforcing Process Which We Ourselves, in Echoing Neoliberal Values, Inadvertently Promote
Interviewed for the second anniversary of her first election, Margaret Thatcher laid out what is perhaps the key organising principle underpinning today's neoliberal hegemony. On 3 May 1981 The Sunday Times reported her saying: ... it isn't that...
The Long Revolution in the Global Age: Raymond Williams and the Long March to Freedom
Raymond Williams's central idea of the long revolution is one of the most important ideas produced by the New Left in the 1960s; and it remains as relevant today (albeit in radically changed circumstances) as it was when Williams first wrote of it....
The Problem That Has No Name - Work, Care and Time: How the Distribution of Time Reflects and Reinforces Inequality
It is fifty years since the American author Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique. This game-changing book helped to launch 'second wave feminism', or the women's liberation movement, which raged through the late 1960s and 1970s. It exposed...
The Roots and the Nets of the Global Revolts
Paul Mason, Why it's still kicking off everywhere, Verso 2013 This is a book not just to read but to engage with. Reading it is like finding yourself in the same cafe as Paul Mason, seeking respite during an uprising. With teargas in your eyes,...
The Roots of the Coup: It Is Political Despair and Lack of Credible Leadership That Have Led Egyptian Revolutionaries to Support the Army's Removal of Morsi
A military coup? Or a popular insurrection? Or a popular insurrection turning into a military coup? The removal of the Islamist president Mohammed Morsi by the Egyptian army a few days after the massive protests of 30 June has cast into serious doubt...
The Size of a Song: Pussy Riot and the (People) Power of Poetry
Every time you say no to something that's wrong a crack the size of a hair & a single note of that song inserts itself in the stone the meaning of strong it might take a short time it might take long no no no listen, millions of us singing along....
Turnings Taken and Not Taken on the Road to Britain's 1945: 1945 Was Not So Much a Moment as a Coming Together of Many Strands of Long-Term Labour Movement Activism and Tradition
What use to us now is the 'spirit of 1945'? And how might the conjuring up of such a spirit contribute to the mapping out of alternatives representing the spirit of our own times? In a year of multiple anniversary commemorations of Thompson's landmark...
Vocabularies of the Economy: The Language We Use Is One of the Sources of the Political Straitjacket We Are In
At an art exhibition last summer I engaged in a very interesting conversation with one of the young people employed by the gallery. As she turned to walk off I saw she had on the back of her t-shirt 'Customer Liaison'. I felt flat. Our whole conversation...
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