New Left Review, Volume 320 (March - April 2014)
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A 160-page journal published every two months from London, New Left Review analyses world politics, the global economy, state powers and protest movements; contemporary social theory, history and philosophy; cinema, literature, heterodox art and aesthetics. It runs a regular book review section and carries interviews, essays, topical comments and signed editorials on political issues of the day. ‘Brief History of New Left Review’ gives an account of NLR’s political and intellectual trajectory since its launch in 1960.
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Susan Watkins: Annexations
After decades of connivance with territorial seizures from Palestine to East Timor, the West rediscovers the principle of state sovereignty in Crimea. The actual record of 20th-century land grabs, and the cross-cutting geopolitical pressures bearing down on Ukraine.
Suleiman Mourad: Riddles of the Book
A scholar of Islamic history discusses the formation and trajectory of the last great Abrahamic religion. Tensions between ecumenicism and jihad, pan-Islamism and division of the umma, and a bleak present of recrudescent sectarianism.
Nancy Fraser: Behind Marx’s Hidden Abode
Behind exchange there lurks production, but what is more hidden still? The disavowed conditions of capital’s possibility—in reproduction, politics and nature—as sites for expanded anti-capitalist struggle.
Robin Blackburn: Stuart Hall, 1932–2014
Founding editor of NLR, pioneer of Cultural Studies, early analyst of Thatcherism, theorist of Caribbean identities, nuncio of New Times—Robin Blackburn remembers Stuart Hall.
Peter Dews: Nietzsche for Losers?
Opening a symposium on Malcolm Bull’s Anti-Nietzsche, Dews retraces the logic of critical supersession in European philosophy before taking issue with the author’s account of Nietzschean will to power and the reading strategy to be pursued in the face of it.
Raymond Geuss: Systems, Values and Egalitarianism
Perspectivist or systematic, transcendental or not? Geuss considers the character of Nietzsche’s philosophizing, the meanings of valuation and the question of equality in Marx’s thinking.
Kenta Tsuda: An Empty Community?
Beyond property rights to Bull’s negative ecology: Tsuda asks whether this is not an unavowed theory of distributive justice, one crucially lacking a theory of needs.
Malcolm Bull: The Politics of Falling
In conclusion, Bull replies to his critics, discussing the status of valuation and the scope of will to power; Heidegger and the question of nihilism; and the logic of extra-egalitarianism.
Rob Lucas on Jaron Lanier, Who Owns the Future?. A utopian capitalist proposal to rewire the web and save the middle class.
Christopher Prendergast on Franco Moretti, The Bourgeois and Distant Reading. What can digital research tools add to the palette of a justly renowned critic?.
Anders Stephanson on George Kennan’s Diaries. Reflection and self-flagellation from the strategist of the Cold War.
Symposium 109 up in the morning, wander into any well or fall into any abyss that happens to be there, instead of carefully avoiding it, if he really thinks falling in equally good and not good?’ Not even subversively subhuman, then, but vegetable: ‘in what respect’, asks the philosopher, ‘does his condition differ from that of a plant?’34 This is not to say that we should rest content with Heidegger’s pushing of Nietzsche beyond himself (even if persuaded that it is indeed such a pushing, and
version itself? This raises a larger problem about the composition of the Qur’an as text. There is a huge difference between the Meccan verses—those believed to have been revealed or composed in Mecca between 610 and 622— and those revealed or composed in Medina between 622 and 632. The same book contains two very contrasting styles. In the first, rhyme is key. Verses are short and rather ambiguous, with lots of references no-one really understands. Scholars have suggested that some of these
bürgerliche Gesellschaft. Nevertheless, Moretti wisely does not ask what the bourgeoisie is, or embark on the generally doomed attempt to specify the necessary and sufficient conditions of a definitional meaning. Let’s not set out to define it, he healthily proposes; accept that it exists or existed, and then try to describe it, but by means of a version of thick description, attentive to detail, nuance, multi-facetedness and tension. Accordingly he sets off on an extended hunting party through
here is, not surprisingly, something loosely grasped as Western Civilization, the golden era of which he never really specified because it was a bit of a fantasy. Its function was its own positing, so to speak. The psychologizing, meanwhile, served as a substitute for any social, materialist or historical explanation. The Russian Revolution occurred because of a truly ghastly conjuncture, in turn occasioned by the insanity of internecine Western war; but the ultimate ‘cause’ here was the
This is why the Qur’an is obsessed with polytheism. Muhammad reflects the tensions of a society where religion is felt to have been corrupted. His preaching is a call to return to an original and pure monotheism, the monotheism of Abraham. But he eventually went a little bit too far with his preaching, and when his movement looked as if it might put the well-being of Mecca at risk, he was expelled. Once he got to Medina, the whole context changed. In the Meccan parts of the Qur’an, there are lots