Thanks to Aileen for rescuing Fringe Thoughts from the internet void, and inviting me back. Not sure if blogging is more like malaria or more like St Vitus' dance but either way it's good to have a space for occasional comment that doesn't need filling up every day!
Alf Nilsen and I have just brought out We Make Our Own History: Marxism and Social Movements in the Twilight of Neoliberalism with Pluto. (And many thanks to the reviewer who pointed out that A Material Force was not a good title...) We've been writing mini-essays related to the book for various activist and academic sites and FT seems like the right place to bring together all those links in a single place.
So here they are, in something like the order we make the arguments in the book. Inevitably there's a bit of overlap:
The centrality of popular agency (OpenDemocracy)
Resisting activist despair (Reflections On A Revolution)
Recovering theory for activist purposes (Pluto Press newsletter)
How social movements shape societies (Discover Society)
Understanding neoliberalism and its crisis (E-International Relations)
Are we in a revolutionary wave? (First of a series of three in Ceasefire)
It's taken a couple of months to get those all out but I'm glad we did!
PS: This week (1st - 7th Oct) all Pluto books (not just this one) are on sale at 40% discount: click on http://bit.ly/plutob2u to activate the discount. This one works out at £10.20.