In Memoriam: Anthony Bourdain on America’s “uncomfortable” encounter with Mexico

[Transcript of a monologue by Anthony Michael Bourdain, 1956-2018] Americans love Mexican food. We consume nachos, tacos, burritos, tortas, enchiladas, tamales and anything resembling Mexican in enormous quantities. We love Mexican beverages, happily knocking back huge amounts of tequila, mezcal and Mexican beer every year. We love Mexican people—as we sure employ a lot of… Read More In Memoriam: Anthony Bourdain on America’s “uncomfortable” encounter with Mexico

A Manifesto for Our Time: Review of The World We Wish to See by Samir Amin (2008)

This article originally appeared on anti-imperialism.com. It has been reproduced for Peripheral Thought in its entirety. Author Theo V. Kenji is an aspiring agrarian sociologist and co-founder of the Radical Reading Collective at UC Irvine. By Theo V. Kenji “What to do?” (53). A short question with a very complex answer. In The World We… Read More A Manifesto for Our Time: Review of The World We Wish to See by Samir Amin (2008)

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

The Deception of Abstract And Individualistic Notions of Human Rights

“It is not difficult, after all, to dissipate the deception of such an abstract and individualistic notion, which considers humans and their rights outside of society. Humans do not exist if not within society and by means of society. Therefore even their rights are connected with society and with its organization, and especially with its… Read More The Deception of Abstract And Individualistic Notions of Human Rights

Progress, Progressivism, and Progressives: An Anthropologists’ Perspective

Political discussions within the United States quickly bog down into meaningless party partisanship, often utilizing labels without clearly elucidating what they mean. Here Dr. Maximilian C. Forte discusses the US Progressive movement — one of the two poles on the great imperial engine of US politics, Populism being positioned as the other. His piece is… Read More Progress, Progressivism, and Progressives: An Anthropologists’ Perspective

NGO’s and Empire Maintenance: Aid distributors versus popular sovereignty

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” – Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s Among the many foibles and spectacles which have characterized the presidency of Donald J. Trump, was his threat to… Read More NGO’s and Empire Maintenance: Aid distributors versus popular sovereignty

Empires of Aid and Compassion: Foundations as Architects of Neoliberalism

“They seriously and very sentimentally set themselves to the task of remedying the evils that they see in poverty, but their remedies do not cure the disease: they merely prolong it… the proper aim is to try and reconstruct society on such a basis that poverty will be impossible.” (Oscar Wilde on philanthropists, quoted in… Read More Empires of Aid and Compassion: Foundations as Architects of Neoliberalism