Viewpoint Magazine

New Site, and a Preview

New Site, and a Preview

The View­point web­site has been redesigned, thanks to the excel­lent work of Peter Rood, and the illus­tra­tions of Steven Zam­brano Cas­cante. Our third issue, on the theme “Work­ers’ Inquiry,” is just around the cor­ner. Until then, here’s a small taste of what’s to come.

Issue 2: Theory and Practice

Issue 2: Theory and Practice

The move­ments of the unem­ployed in Argentina • Human­i­ties and the uni­ver­sity cri­sis • The TED­i­fi­ca­tion of higher edu­ca­tion • An inter­view with Gopal Bal­akr­ish­nan • Dance, music, and protest • Rad­i­cal ethnog­ra­phy and cul­tural stud­ies • Mod­ern crises and the ver­nac­u­lar • Trans­la­tions of Alisa Del Re, Michel Fou­cault, and Louis Althusser

Is There a Future for Socialism?

Is There a Future for Socialism?

First entry in an exchange with Jacobin, by Asad Haider and Salar Mohan­desi: “We all won­dered, as we watched Back to the Future, how alter­na­tive futures could change the whole uni­verse while Marty McFly stayed the same. Those movies amounted to a Rea­gan­ite phi­los­o­phy of his­tory: the short-cir­cuit between the Fifties and the Eight­ies which con­verts every con­tin­gent encoun­ter into one reac­tionary loop, cen­tered on the white man who secretly invents rock n’ roll, seduces his mother, and con­quers the space-time con­tin­uum.”

Work

Work

Last Thurs­day night, work­ers for Seri­ous Mate­ri­als in Chicago occu­pied their fac­tory. The night before, Occupy Philly’s Edu­ca­tion and Train­ing Work­ing Group held a meet­ing of its ten-week “Dis­sect­ing Cap­i­tal­ism” work­shop, at the Lan­caster Avenue Autonomous Space. View­point edi­tor Salar Mohan­desi spoke on the topic “Con­tem­po­rary Labor and Work­place Strug­gles,” along with Sean West Wispy, an orga­nizer at Occupy Philly with expe­ri­ence in the labor move­ment.

Issue 1: Occupy Everything

Issue 1: Occupy Everything

Class com­po­si­tion of Occupy • The first two weeks of Occupy Philly • The Arab Spring and global finance • Oak­land and its insur­rec­tionary his­tory • Purto Rican higher edu­ca­tion and the stu­dent strike • Hip-hop and rev­o­lu­tion­ary prac­tice • The labor move­ment and the future of Occupy • Trans­la­tions of Cor­nelius Cas­to­ri­adis and Anton Pan­nekoek