Welcome to Flood Media’s very first link roundup! Each week, we bring you fresh Flood-approved content from around the web, covering current events, debates, and hot takes.
The Internet was particularly Marx-heavy this weekend, as Karl turned the big 200. For Verso, Facundo Nahuel Martín interviews Michael Löwy about Marxism, poststructuralism, romantic anti-capitalism, and what the life-worlds of pre-modern Latin Americans have to offer present-day communists.
For those without enough theory in their lives, Novara Media’s Aaron Bastani selects five books to understand Marxism. “In a world increasingly defined by political chaos, economic volatility and which is short on answers,” he writes, “Marx’s work always implores us to challenge our own assumptions while thinking, and acting, big.”
Speaking of Novara, the UK local elections were held on Thursday May 3, and many are calling it a disappointing result for Corbyn and UK Labour. If you’re after a strictly non-melty take, stay far away from the Guardian and head to the latest NovaraFM.
In Overland, Matt Chun writes about militarism, ANZAC Day, and the Frontier Wars. “Australia’s two ‘national’ days are tandem figments, inflicting their respective pageantries – in diametric symmetry – upon the collective memory,” he writes. “While 26 January falsely demilitarises Australian history, Anzac Day falsely militarises it. While the former reframes invasion and massacre as mere ‘discovery’ and ‘settlement’, the latter inflates and fetishises Australia’s ignominious role in a foreign military horror to inculcate a new epicentre of Australian identity.”
New York Times columnist Ross Douthat recently offended a lot of people with his hot take anticipating that ‘the redistribution of sex’ would be the inevitable response to the problem of incels killing people. At the London Review of Books, Amia Srinivasan has a much more thoughtful take. “Desire can take us by surprise, leading us somewhere we hadn’t imagined we would ever go, or towards someone we never thought we would lust after, or love,” she writes. “In the very best cases, the cases that perhaps ground our best hope, desire can cut against what politics has chosen for us, and choose for itself.”
At n+1, Alex Press tackles the question of organising the tech sector. “From the baseline of a unionized tech sector, a picture emerges for the possibility of worker-owned companies, which could receive startup capital from the state (much as the military has underwritten tech’s greatest successes) ... Eventually, the goal is a model of investors unencumbered by the profit motive, who fund what is socially useful, instead of more apps to extract yet more ads.”
Baffler columinst Rafia Zakaria is writing a series of rolling dispatches from her travels in Spain. In the first, ‘Feminists of the Basque Country’, she examines the role of the feminist movement in Basque society, and how it might intersect with new waves of migration to Basque Country.
And now for something completely different: HERE’S THE LONGREAD ABOUT NEO-NAZIS IN METAL THAT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR. Props to R.M. Temin for this thoughtful piece which considers the rise of far-right subcultures in the metal genre in the context of the Left’s failure, and details how a subculture fixated on outsider status can go wrong in the absence of a material politics.