Myths of Progress and the Temporality of Imperialism

It is commonplace in many intellectual and cultural spheres in the Anglo-Saxon world to refer to some places, regions, or states as “behind” others. For example, in the concerted attempt to synthesize feminist and neo-conservative rhetoric in the justification for the war and continued occupation of Afghanistan, the Bush and Obama administrations regularly referred to […]

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Notes on Libya

In April 2011, when the scholar Horace Campbell met with a small group of Angolan youth in Luanda, he did something unusual. He warned them to be careful in how they resisted their government. He said Angola was rich with resources, and it would not take much for “the militarists to drum up some pretext […]

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Making the Left Great Again

Review of William Mitchell & Thomas Fazi. 2017. Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World . London, UK: Pluto Press, 2017. I read this book directly after reading Chris Gilligan’s Northern Ireland and the Crisis of Anti-Racism (2017). Gilligan asserts that racism isinseparable from the nation-state (Gilligan 2017, 144) and […]

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Syria: The New Terra Nullius

SYRIA, seat of an Islamic Caliphate. Syria, site of the Middle East’s newest liberal democracy. Syria, socialist paradise. Syria, a corrupt and murderous dictatorship that practices genocide. Syria, a failed state. Syria a state that is too strong. Syria, soon to be partitioned into ethnic enclaves. Syria, a pawn of Iran. Syria, a tool of […]

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The Geneva Men: A Review of ‘Globalists’ by Quinn Slobodian

A review of Quinn Slobodian, 2017. Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism. Boston, MA: Harvard University Press. Neoliberalism and globalism have both become buzzwords used within the political discourse by intellectuals, journalists, as much as celebrities in order to describe and explain recent events. But what are really neoliberalism and globalism, […]

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Responsibility To Protest: The Peace Movement and the Challenge of R2P

The following originally appeared in The Spark! Marxist Theory and Discussion no. 28, 2018. The Spark is an official publication of the Communist Party of Canada. As the dangers of mass destruction through war grow, the challenge to the peace and anti-imperialist movements involves exposing the real, imperialist reasons behind interventions cloaked in the humanitarian […]

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“Unions Aren’t Native” : The Muckamuck Restaurant Labour Dispute in Vancouver, BC (1979-1983)

[Photo]: Vancouver Indian Centre president Debbie Mearns (second from right) walking with strike leader Christine Price. August 12, 1978. This fascinating article originally appeared in Labour/Le Travail. Formatting and spelling has been edited for clarity before appearing on Peripheral Thought. For citations please refer to the article as: Janet Mary Nicol. 1997. ‘”Unions Aren’t Native’; […]

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