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841: No Men, No Masters Shows
- Writer Lucy Ellmann explains how to reach female supremacy with three easy strikes.
- Political scholar Hristijan Petrushev profiles a surveillance scandal shaking Macedonian politics.
- Anthropologist David Graeber follows the rules, all the way to the heart of bureaucracy.
- Sociologist Nicole Aschoff shows how smartphones unlocked a new frontier of commodification.
- Live from Sao Paulo, Brian Mier reports from what might be the start of a coup in Brazil.
- In a new Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen muses on how to read a political cartoon.
Lucy Ellmann: “Did you do anything for women – or did you do nothing? Did you contribute to the apocalyptic, defeatist attitude that ‘the world is finished anyway so why don’t we just watch TV and drive our stupid cars around,’ or did you do something about it?”
Writer Lucy Ellmann is done with men’s bullshit. Their violence, their greed, their pizzas – she calls for a series of strikes to defeat patriarchy, overthrow capitalism and establish a socialist, cooperative, pleasant female supremacy.
Lucy wrote the provocative, sharp, footnote-happy Three Strikes! for The Baffler.
Lucy Ellmann is a novelist, her most recent novel is Mimi.
Nicole Aschoff: “We’re creating a digital self that companies like Facebook and OK Cupid are actually selling. It’s a very interesting kind of exchange. It’s connecting the social to the economic in a novel way.”
Sociologist Nicole Aschoff examines how the smartphone functions as both digital identity portal and corporate commodifier.
Nicole’s newest writing is the article The Smartphone Society in the newest issue of Jacobin.
Nicole Aschoff is a sociologist, writer and editor at Jacobin.
Hristijan Petrushev: “Even though the people didn’t trust the judiciary system, it is much different when you hear the judges in person pledging loyalty to high government officials, or when you hear high government officials fixing positions in the judiciary system.”
Political scholar Hristijan Petrushev profiles a major, ongoing surveillance and corruption scandal shaking Macedonian politics.
Hristijan has published the five-part (so far) series of reports Political Bomb in Macedonia for The Vostokian.
Hristijan Petrushev is a student at Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje where he studies at the Institute for Security, Defense and Peace.
Brian Mier: “There’s people on the streets calling for a return to the military dictatorship. If you’re an anti-corruption crusader, as they pretend to be, it’s pretty ironic that you would call for a return to an era when there was 100% corruption, when anyone who complained about corruption was arrested.”
Brian Mier reports from what he believes is an attempted coup against Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff, and explains why corruption charges mask the opposition’s real aims – to privatize the country’s energy corporation.
Brian Mier is the social media director for the Brazilian National Urban Reform Forum, and a freelance writer and producer.
David Graeber: “We have these incredible, pervasive mechanisms that insert bureaucracy into every aspect of our lives, and those bureaucracies themselves become the primary way that money is extracted and profits are made.”
Anthropologist David Graeber explores the bureaucratic dimension that rules our lives, takes our money, and stretches between the public and private, the right and the left, between capitalism and whatever comes next.
David’s new book is The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy.
David Graeber is an anthropologist, writer and activist.
Jeff Dorchen: “I asked why he thought the woman represented women only, and was not a universal stand-in for all Muslims whose daily lives are a denial of sympathy with Boko Haram, ISIS, et al. His answer? ‘Because it’s a woman.”
All Jeff Dorchen wants to do on Facebook is post photos of himself dressed as a giant baby, but now he has to spend all his time arguing with some Facebook rando about whether an image of a woman could possibly symbolize anything other than a woman.
According to his contacts on LinkedIn, Jeff Dorchen can do just about anything. He’s a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.