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The Bard of Capitalist Realism by Ed Simon | Poetry Foundation

Photo courtesy of Sean Bonney’s family.

On Sean Bonney’s prophetic wrath.

Source: The Bard of Capitalist Realism by Ed Simon | Poetry Foundation

Behemoth: reflections on Joshua Freeman’s history of the factory – WILLETT’S MAGAZINE

 

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Freeman is sensitive to the way organized labor, in revolt in the early seventies, was met by a number of entrepreneurial ‘innovations” seeking, ultimately, to do to the working class what the Pentagon did to many a Vietnamese village: pacify it, liquidate it, and disburse its population.  In the process, investors began to invest not in manufacturing, but in de-manufacturing – in cutting lose from actually making anything.  Freeman registers the divorce between manufacture and brand and ties it into the logic of the factory. To take the most well known example, Apple computers are, strictly, not manufactured by Apple. This is well known, but it is easy to forget. Apple designs them, and Apple markets them. Design and marketing – and not concern with the grime and grievance of the proletariat – define their corporate culture. This has become true for hundreds of big American corporations.

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Source: Behemoth: reflections on Joshua Freeman’s history of the factory – WILLETT’S MAGAZINE

The secret history of radiation | Eurozine

 

The Pripyat amusement park in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Photo by Jason Rogers from Flickr

In the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident, international agencies dismissed local doctors’ warnings about a ‘public health catastrophe’ in order to suppress scandal over nuclear tests carried out by the West since the 1950s. This is the conclusion reached by Kate Brown, in her new book ‘Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future’. Here, she talks to Aro Velmet about the secret history of radiation and what Chernobyl means in the era of climate change.

Source: The secret history of radiation | Eurozine

Jean-Baptiste Del Amo in conversation with Mark Krotov | Online Only | n+1

 

Source: Jean-Baptiste Del Amo in conversation with Mark Krotov | Online Only | n+1

The Gospel According to Marianne Williamson – The New York Times

‘Climate apartheid’ between rich and poor looms, UN expert warns – BBC News

A house burns in the upmarket Paradise Pines neighbourhood of California in November

A UN expert has warned of a possible “climate apartheid”, where the rich pay to escape from hunger, “while the rest of the world is left to suffer”.

Source: ‘Climate apartheid’ between rich and poor looms, UN expert warns – BBC News

‘Exhausted’ polar bear found 700km from home in Russian village | World news | The Guardian

Environmental activists have blamed climate change for appearance of polar bear in the Kamchatka Peninsula

Source: ‘Exhausted’ polar bear found 700km from home in Russian village | World news | The Guardian