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Police war against the migrant


by and / RP 200 (Nov/Dec 2016) / Commentary

‘Living in the camp you are restricted. You need at least six months to two years to learn the language, to get the permit … You have no control’, says Abu Tahrir, one of the many Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Greece. His comment was made in September 2015, a month of unprecedented refugee entrance …


The monster and the police

Dexter to Hobbes


by / RP 185 (May/Jun 2014) / Article

On 25 February 2002, Rafael Perez, a former officer of the LAPD’s Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums unit (CRASH), appeared in court accused of various crimes: covering up a bank robbery, shooting and framing an innocent citizen, stealing and selling cocaine from evidence lockers, being a member of the Los Angeles gang called the Bloods, …


184 Reviews

Neil Davidson, How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions?
Alain Badiou, Cinema
George Henderson, Value in Marx: The Persistence of Value in a More-Than-Capitalist World
Rosi Braidotti, The Posthuman
David Kilcullen, Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla
Lydia H. Liu, Rebecca E. Karl and Dorothy Ko, eds, The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory
Federico Campagna, The Last Night: Atheism, Anti-work and Adventure
Gyanedra Pandey, A History of Prejudice: Race, Caste, and Difference in India and the United States
Peter K.J. Park, Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy: Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon, 1780–1830
Gilbert Achcar, Marxism, Orientalism, Cosmopolitanism


by , , , , , , , , and / RP 184 (Mar/Apr 2014) / Reviews


Police power, all the way to heaven

Cujus est solum and the no-fly zone


by / RP 182 (Nov/Dec 2013) / Article

What is a no-fly zone? Formally, it is a prohibition on flying in order to call a halt to hostilities in the region, usually enacted in aid of a group or groups which might otherwise suffer violence. When the Libyan civil war broke out in early 2011 one of the first demands made by several …


Pre-emptive strike

by and / RP 179 (May/Jun 2013) / Extras

A response to ‘Resisting resilience’

As the editor of the new journal Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses, published by Taylor & Francis, I am pleased to have a chance to respond to the ‘pre-emptive strike’ launched against the journal as a neoliberal ‘corporate-cum-academic dream’ in Mark Neocleous’s piece ‘Resisting Resilience’ (RP …


178 Reviews

Books Reviewed:
Massimilliano Tomba, Marx’s Temporalities
Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance
Edward Baring, The Young Derrida and French Philosophy, 1945–1968
Eyal Weizman, The Least of All Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell, eds, The Dunayevskaya–Marcuse–Fromm Correspondence Louis Althusser, Cours sur Rousseau
McKenzie Wark, The Beach Beneath the Street: The Curious Times and Everyday Life of the Situationist International
Richard Gilman-Opalsky, Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy
Julie Stephens, Confronting Postmaternal Thinking: Feminism, Memory and Care
Routledge, Security Studies: New Titles and Key Backlist, 2012
After History: Alexandre Kojève as a Photographer, BAK, Utrecht, 20 May-15 July 2012
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Resisting Resilience

by / RP 178 (Mar/Apr 2013) / Commentary

I’m 24, in a horrible relationship, feeling stuck and alone. I met my boyfriend three years ago while I was struggling to find work after graduating. He was not only charismatic, ambitious and gorgeous, but supportive, too. I became infatuated. By the time I found out about his angry rages and subtle bullying, I had …


The Smell of Power

A Contribution to the Critique of the Sniffer Dog
by / RP 167 (May/Jun 2011) / Commentary

On 8 July 2005, the day after the London bombings, the International Association of Chiefs of Police issued its new guidelines on the detection and prevention of suicide bombings. The IACP is the primary organization through which senior police executives across the globe try to coordinate their powers and practices, and it …


167 Reviews

by , , , , , , and / RP 167 (May/Jun 2011) / Reviews

‘Never a fascist’?

Maurice Blanchot, Political Writings, 1953–1993, translated with an introduction by Zakir Paul, foreword by Kevin Hart, Fordham University Press, New York, 2010. 200 pp.

Howard Caygill

It is perhaps appropriate that this collection of political writings by Maurice Blanchot is marked by a troubling absence. Yet it …


War as peace, peace as pacification

by / RP 159 (Jan/Feb 2010) / Article

To stress one’s own love of peace is always the close concern of those who have instigated war. But he who wants peace should speak of war. He should speak of the past one … and, above all, he should speak of the coming one.1

A remarkable consensus appears to have emerged onthe Left: that …


158 Reviews

by , , , , , , , , and / RP 158 (Nov/Dec 2009) / Reviews

Graham Harman, Prince of Networks: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics Andrew Goffey

Bernard Stiegler, Technics and Time 2: Disorientation Bernard Stiegler, Acting Out Brian Rajski

Judith Butler, Frames of War: When is Life Grievable? Tarik Kochi, The Other’s War: Recognition and the Violence of Ethics Mark Neocleous

Peter Sloterdijk, Terror from the Air Mark Dorrian

Jeremy …


Whatever happened to martial law?

Detainees and the logic of emergency
by / RP 143 (May/Jun 2007) / Article

Began teaching the detainee lessons such as stay,come, and bark to elevate his social status up tothat of a dog. Detainee became very agitated.– Guantánamo guard diary entry, 20 December 2002

What is a detainee? The term has been given a new lease of life as a result of the authoritarianism that has followed the …


135 Reviews

by , , , , , , and / RP 135 (Jan/Feb 2006) / Reviews

Ellie Ragland and Dragan Milovanovic, eds, Lacan: Topologically Speaking Philip Derbyshire

Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer, Briefweschsel, Band 2, 1938–1944 Roger Behrens

Jack Reynolds, Merleau-Ponty and Derrida: Intertwining Embodiment and Alterity Howard Feather

Chris Lawn, Wittgenstein and Gadamer: Towards a Post-Analytic Philosophy of Language Alessandra Tanesini

Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, Collected Works, Volume …


Hunger in Niger and Zimbabwe; Marx Comes First Again, and Loses

by , and / RP 134 (Nov/Dec 2005) / News


131 Reviews

by , , , , and / RP 131 (May/Jun 2005) / Reviews

Jacques Rancière, The Politics of Aesthetics: The Distribution of the Sensible Alain Badiou, Handbook of Inaesthetics Stewart Martin

Jacques Rancière, The Philosopher and His Poor Mark Neocleous

Andrew Feenberg, Heidegger and Marcuse: The Catastrophe and Redemption of History Drew Milne

Eli Zaretsky, Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis Stephen Frosh


130 Reviews

by , , , , , , and / RP 130 (Mar/Apr 2005) / Reviews

Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire Paolo Virno, A Grammar of the Multitude: For an Analysis of Contemporary Forms of Life John Kraniauskas

Neil Lazarus, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies Janna Thompson, Taking Responsibility for the Past: Reparation and Historical Justice Françoise Vergès

Alessandra …


Let the dead bury their dead

Marxism and the politics of redemption
by / RP 128 (Nov/Dec 2004) / Article


124 Reviews

by , , , , and / RP 124 (Mar/Apr 2004) / Reviews

Louis Althusser, The Humanist Controversy and Other Writings Martin Halliwell and Andy Mousley, Critical Humanisms: Humanist/Anti-Humanist Dialogue Nina Power

Leonard Lawlor, The Challenge of Bergsonism Michael Vaughan

Mark Neocleous, Imagining the State John Kraniauskas

Stanley Aronowitz and Peter Bratsis, Paradigm Lost: State Theory Reconsidered Mark Neocleous

Ben Watson, Shitkicks and Doughballs Ian Patterson

Bertell Ollman, …


Heads of cabbage and mouths full of water

On corporate slaughter
by / RP 122 (Nov/Dec 2003) / Commentary


119 Reviews

by , , , , , and / RP 119 (May/Jun 2003) / Reviews

Kristin Ross, May ʼ68 and its Afterlives Daniel Bensaïd

Penelope Deutscher, A Politics of Impossible Difference:The Later Work of Luce Irigaray Monica Mookherjee

Henri Lefebvre, Critique of Everyday Life, Volume 2: Foundations for a Sociology of the Everyday Ben Highmore

Gaston Bachelard, The Formation of the Scientific Mind Nina Power

John McMurtry, Value Wars: The …