A global public sphere?

Commentary A global public sphere? Susan Buck-Morss When the multitude ceases to fear, it becomes fearful. Benedict Spinoza* This is the text of a talk to the Radical Philosophy Conference, Look No Hands! Political Forms of Global Modernity, Birkbeck College, London, 27 October 2001. September 11 has ruptured irrevocably the context in which we as […]

Ten challenges for ‘anti-war’ politics

Ten challenges for ‘anti-war’ politics Martin shaw It is said that generals always fight yesterdayʼs war, but this is even truer of antiwar movements. Although the ʻwar against terrorismʼ is billed as a ʻnew kind of warʼ, the anti-war rhetoric has seemed even more familiar than the military practice. In this piece I bring my […]

Emergent fronts of the global anti-war movement

Emergent fronts of the global anti-war movement Mike marqusee It has been widely observed that the US-led global alliance against terrorism is a motley assemblage, bound together by expedience rather than principle. Some would say the same about the global anti-war alliance now being constructed to oppose it. Diversity is certainly the hallmark of this […]

Blair’s jihad, Blunkett’s crusade

Commentary Blair’s jihad, Blunkett’s crusade The battle for the hearts and minds of Britain’s Muslims Gita sahgal As the city blazes, the watchman Sleeps happily, thinkingMy house is secure. Let the town burn, as long as my thingsAre saved. During the air strikes in Afghanistan, I was reminded of these words of the fifteenth-century poet […]

Interpreting the world

Commentary Interpreting the world September 11, cultural criticism and the intellectual Left Peter osborne‘p hilosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.ʼ How many times during the heyday of socialist activism in the 1970s was Marxʼs eleventh thesis on Feuerbach rolled out to put overly reflective comrades back […]