Salvage Magazine #7: Towards the Proletarocene


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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.

Tragedy of the Worker: Toward the Proletarocene
by Salvage Editorial Collective
On socialism in a burning world. Is this to be the penultimate epoch, or the last?

Full pre-Raphaelite
by Imogen Cassels

Hysteric Signs and Wall Bowl Constellations
by Katya Tepper

The Flatness of Blackness: Afro-Pessimism and the Erasure of Anti-Colonial Thought        
by Kevin Ochieng Okoth
Even in the worst of times, not all pessimisms are equal. And with friends like these, &c.

Gestational Decrim
by Morgane Merteuil with Sophie Lewis
A colloquy on u- and dystopianism, labour and gestation, race and reaction, and the urgent necessity of new ways to care.

One more time with feeling
by Imogen Cassels

Neoliberalism for Polite Company: Bruno Latour’s Pseudo-Materialist Coup
by R. H. Lossin
Actors and networks and theory and questions of democracy amid a thoroughgoing throng of things.

Against Summer
by Jamie Allinson
Ecclesiastes 3:1 – to everything there is a season. Just so long as that season isn’t this remorseless, punitive, bleak banality.

Recentring the State: A Response to Barnaby Raine
by Sai Englert
The latest beat in the debate Salvage is privileged to host, both sides bringing more light than heat.

Gender Identity Communism: A Gay Utopian Examination of Trans Healthcare in Britain
Jules Joanne Gleeson & J. N. Hoad
Neither victims nor supplicants, but demanders of an end to the barbarity of bureaucracy.

by Imogen Cassels 

Death Cults of East Anglia
by China Miéville
Jesus Christ it is too fucking hot. Oh what is that charnel smell?

The Social Industry and the ‘Lone Wolf’ Phase of Fascism
by Richard Seymour
Toxic politics and the viral death drive. What retains and what alters in a new machinery of the gazed-upon and the gaze.

A Marxist Theory of Extinction
by Troy Vetesse
How to think and how to act, how to be a militant facing a horizon of annihilation.

#MeToo and Queer Experience
by Peter Drucker
Amid the passions of compassions and vice versa, negotiating desire, distress and disappointment, for a new liberated gladness. 

Not Today
by Sarah Grey
It happened, and it happened here.

Militating, she goes.
by Paige Murphy

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