Theater of Cruelty

Verso Books

The allurements of space

The architect and writer Fred Scharmen has written a well-thought-out book about living in space – which so far we only do on...

A contemporary diagnosis – without the ability to criticize?

ART: Is there no longer anything of revealing or distorting?

The capitalist world of images

PHOTO: Is it possible that anti-capitalist expressions are reduced to insignificant gestures and instead become symbols of the immediate consumption of social media?

A shaky diagnosis of a disillusioned youth

DIAGNOSIS: Does hope lead to disappointment and desperation to terror? With Alain Bertho, we can talk about a presentism, ie a lasting present, without past or future.

Now the robots may no longer be called Frankenstein or R2D2, but Siri, Alexa, AlphaGo or Yaskawa Motoman

GROWTH: Through "creative destruction" and technological disruption, capitalism created the conditions for a new cycle of economic growth. But now the trend seems to continue towards zero. Is it a vicious circle of global competition, falling prices, overcapacity, technological inertia (rather than innovation) and falling incentives to invest – which is the cause of capitalism's protracted crisis?

Aesthetic studies of state violence

POWER: The investigative rather than critical practice, characterizes a new generation of journalists, artists and NGOs. They process large datasets in order to point out abuses. Like the poison gas attack in Syria, or American secret prisons.

To make the order in order

ARCHITECTURE: How can we design big cities where we can be more alone together?

Will-to-not-want-to-know

ECOLOGY: Will we succumb to the temptation to want ignorance? The eco-revolution must either be global or it is nothing.

After corona – a technocratic, planetary order

COVID-19: It is difficult to read Bratton's positive biopolitics as anything other than a form of technocratic authoritarianism – where the subject is a point in a biopolitical network.

When public welfare becomes dependent on charity

CARE: The UK is increasingly dependent on the efforts of volunteers to provide citizens with a minimum of care while public services are suffering from budget cuts and crises.

Obedience in a corona time

Philosophy:  Why, where, when and for how long are we obedient?

How do you "stay home" if you do not have a home?

Pandemic: Even during the pandemic, we maintain our status quo; the privileged remain privileged, and the others remain outside society.

Protest can cost you your life

HONDURAS: Nina Lakhani's dangerous search for the truth behind the murder of environmental activist Berta Cáceres ends up in more questions than answers.

Russia without Putin

RUSSIA: One day Putin will leave the Kremlin – but that will not change anything, writes Tony Wood in his book on power and continuity in today's Russia, in which he attacks several well-known myths.

Worthy and unworthy lives

SIMILARITY: In The Force of Nonviolence, Judith Butler writes that systematic discrimination is the main cause of all violence.

High-tech communist luxury and freedom for all

AUTOMATED: As a whole, 60 percent of our meat consumption in 2040 will come from animal-free meat.