Can the Palestinian Mandela End Israeli Apartheid?
May 26, 2021
“Symbolically, nothing represents the bitter Palestinian reality under occupation more than the thousands of political prisoners languishing in Israeli jails,” writes Marwan Bishara for Al Jazeera. “And nothing personifies the struggle for liberty more than the likes of [Marwan] Barghouti, who spent much of his adult life in an Israeli jail or in exile.”Read articleRead article
Institutionalized: The Films of Frederick Wiseman
April 12, 2021
Frederick Wiseman's latest documentary, City Hall, is his forty-third, but who’s counting? In the half-century since the release, and prompt two-decade ban, of Titicut Follies (1967) — his harrowing début about a prison for the criminally insane — Wiseman has chronicled the myriad ways (chiefly) American life is raised up and laid low, dignified and debased, spared and squandered by institutions.Read articleRead article
April 5, 2021
America begins, not with ideals of democracy and freedom but with settler colonialism wiping out the Native populations to make room for white development, chattel slavery fueling capitalist growth through the 19th century, and imperialism enabling the economic exploitation of societies abroad.Read articleRead article
March 30, 2021
Ten years ago an academic paper stood the social sciences on their ear. It came out of the psychology department at the University of British Columbia. A certain kind of person, the authors noticed, has been building the models and running the experiments and basically “programming the algorithms that run the world.” The psychologists (Joe Henrichs and Steve Heine and Ara Norenzayan) coined a term for those people: They are WEIRD.Read articleRead article
In Myanmar, Protestors Took Beatings and Bullets — and Responded with Paint and Poetry
March 3, 2021
Protestors in Myanmar are bringing a righteous form of beauty to the streets, defying the military regime that overthrew the country's civilian government in early February.Read articleRead article
I’m About to Give You the Codes. Are You Ready?
February 5, 2021
Resistance is what people feel when they just can’t face what needs to be done. Something important is right in front of them, but it’s so hairy, so scary in its implications on their life, their cozy way of keeping on keeping on, that they can’t deal with it. They resist. The more fear, the more resistance. The more they know deep down that this needs to happen, the more they resist.Read articleRead article
We decided to call our magazine Adbusters.
December 22, 2020
We vowed never to sell any space to advertisers.Then we embarked on an aesthetic journey. A journey, you might say, to get off the grid . . . to blow up the precepts and norms of print . . . to create a magazine that was less about content you “consume” than a river you jump into and are swept downstream.Read articleRead article
Structures of Feeling
December 14, 2020
The critic Raymond Williams once wrote that every historical period has its own “structure of feeling.” How everything seemed in the 1960s, the way the Victorians understood one another, the chivalry of the Middle Ages, the world view of Tang-dynasty China: each period, Williams thought, had a distinct way of organizing basic human emotions into an overarching cultural system. Each had its own way of experiencing being alive.Read articleRead article
December 9, 2020
You’ve heard the terms. Liberal hawk. War dove. Academic circles may prefer ‘liberal interventionist.’ The term applies to left-wingers who are committed to using military force to preserve and promote human rights. Their support for the invasion of Iraq confused some people. Aren’t lefties supposed to oppose the war?Read articleRead article