Salvage Magazine #9: That Hideous Strength


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Salvage is a bi-annual journal of revolutionary arts and letters.

Salvage is written by and for the desolated Left, by and for those sick of capitalism and its planetary death-drive, implacably opposed to the fascist reflux and all ‘national’ solutions to our crisis, committed to radical change, guarded against the encroachments of ‘woke’ capitalism and its sadistic dramaphagy, and impatient with the Left’s bad faith and bullshit.

Salvage has earned its pessimism. There is much to be pessimistic about. Fascist politics have not enjoyed a better climate since 1945. The climate crisis is under way and bringing with it yet further fecund material for a reconstituted far-right. The organisation and militancy of the working-class continues to fray, as does the revolutionary tradition. Hope is still precious; it must still be rationed.

Yet, having yearned for our pessimism to be proved wrong, and been giddied by Evental shifts which allow for habitable outcomes to be war-gamed, Salvage is tentatively open to a more generous ration of hope.

Salvage, recognising that the catastrophe is already upon us, and that the decisive struggle is over what to do with the remains, is for a communism of the ruins.

Salvage is committed to publishing the best radical essays, poems, art and fiction without sectarian, stylistic or formal constraint. Salvage requires only that they cleave to liberation.

Salvage was founded in 2015 by Jamie Allinson, Charlotte Bence, Magpie Corvid, China Miéville, Richard Seymour and Rosie Warren.

Perspectives 9: That Hideous Strength
by Salvage Editorial Collective
Here then is where we are. Amid pestilence and decline and decline-disavowal, in the early days of a new dispensation.

Stand Back
by Tessa McWatt
We who live owe the dead a debt, to keep them unquiet, not to let an instant’s peace descend on the plantation. Light it up.

Extract from Daddy Poem
by Helen Charman
Poem. From Daddy Poem (2019), published by Spam Zine.

Selected Works
by Stephanie Monohan

Acting as if One if Already Free: David Graeber’s Political Economy and the Strategic Impasse of the Left
by James Meadway
Out of radical grief might come reflection. Honouring the lost by learning a lesson, by seeing beyond the horizon of the state.

Extract from Daddy Poem
by Helen Charman
Poem. From Daddy Poem (2019), published by Spam Zine.

On Natural and Femme Excess
by Judy Thorne
What and who would we be to accept enough? What will do will never do, and too much should be a minimum.

Great Griefs: Notes on the US Election
by Benjamin Kunkel
Bidenfreude: relief absent the slightest joy. How better to make use of it than to consider what the fuck happened?

Extract from Worry Work
by Helen Charman
Poem. From Worry Work (2020), published by Earthbound Press.

So Much for Radical Pedagogy: In Conversation with Helen Charman
by Helen Charman & Caitlín Doherty
Radical difficulty, the political power of necessary embarrassment, working-class life, dignity and poetry.

The Anarchist in the Network
by Ben Davis
How do we solve a problem like the online? What is that problem? What are the politics of the problem of the actually-existing digital?

Destroying the Means of Planetary Destruction: In Conversation with Andreas Malm
by Andreas Malm & Richard Seymour
In urgent times comes the urgent necessity of new hedonism, and of inflicting losses on our enemies, of revelling in certain fires.

Extract from In the Pleasure Dairy
by Helen Charman
Poem. From In the Pleasure Dairy (2020), published by Sad Press.

Scotland After Covid-19
by James Foley
On relative merits of relative ruling-class competence to the north.

Extract from In the Pleasure Dairy
by Helen Charman
Poem. From In the Pleasure Dairy (2020), published by Sad Press.

Uncanny Valleys: Notes on the Future of Los Angeles
by Alexander Billet
It happened, and it happened here.

The Lycanthropes
by Davinia Hamilton

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