Palestinian Rapperz

Palestinian Rapperz

Some fight with guns, others with art and culture. Hip-hop was born of resistance. From its origins in the Bronx to police brutality in Compton, to shantytown riots in Haiti, hip-hop has long been the voice of the oppressed. And though mainstream American hip-hop may...
I, Designer

I, Designer

It’s the way we design that traps us. Design is increasingly defined commercially. Not just because the most creative minds of our generation are devoting their talents to shifting consumer goods from shelves but in the very way we design. We are led to believe...
Socialism Versus Capitalism

Socialism Versus Capitalism

Capitalism is very good at creating a void in people’s psyches. Bai Di grew up in socialist China (before capitalism was brought back after Mao’s death in 1976) and participated in the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). She is a coeditor of the book Some of Us:...
The Coming Barbarism

The Coming Barbarism

Gen Y is the greatest threat to consumer capitalism yet. On a blustery February morning in 2009 I found myself stranded in Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5. My flight was delayed indefinitely due to the UK’s biggest snowstorm in 18 years, leaving me to wander aimlessly...
Cool Fascismo

Cool Fascismo

Nazi chic sweeps Berlin. Nazi chic is sweeping Berlin’s streets. Skinheads are so last season; Che Guevara is the new face of Nazism. Today’s radical rights are ditching drab Doc Martins for colorful keffiyeh scarves and New Balance sneakers, making modern fascists...
McTerror

McTerror

Courtesy of your favorite clown. Coulrophobia, the fear of clowns, has an unusually high incidence among young children. Psychologists attribute it to the melding of a clown’s grotesque features with human form. One clown, however, seems to inspire nothing but...