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Socialism in space

Socialism in space

8th September 2016 marked the fiftieth anniversary of ‘Star Trek’. Many see the enduring classic of science fiction as a vision of post-capitalist society. George Martin Fell Brown examines Star Trek and socialism. Español The original series of Star Trek, created ...

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Idols on strike

Idols on strike

Aspiring artists in Sweden competing on the pop talent show ‘Idol’ are due to strike from 25 November 2016. Leo Nobel reports on their struggle. FremantleMedia, Idol’s production company, has refused to sign a collective agreement for competitors in the show’s ...

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Frida Kahlo: between art and revolution

Frida Kahlo: between art and revolution

Valeriya Parkhomenko italiano Strong, intelligent, passionate and creative. There are many adjectives that are used today to describe the figure of Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist who gained immortality through her art. She was an extraordinary woman in terms of ...

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End ‘pay to play’!

End ‘pay to play’!

Many performers – musicians in particular – spend most of their early career footing the bill for their work, and getting little or nothing in return. Musician Laura Comrats speaks out against this exploitative system. So you wanna be a ...

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How far for art’s sake?

How far for art’s sake?

Artists and culture workers often make huge personal sacrifices in the name of art. But, asks dancer Marisa Cabal, why should we accept appalling working conditions in the name of someone else’s profit, just because we are supposed to love ...

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Tomorrow Someone Will Arrest You

Tomorrow Someone Will Arrest You

Meena Kandasamy, India Tomorrow someone will arrest you. And will say the evidence is that there was some problematic book in your house. Tomorrow someone will arrest you. And your friends will see, on TV, the media calling you terrorist ...

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Trade union resistance in the arts and culture sector

Trade union resistance in the arts and culture sector

Indefinite strikes, high-profile campaigns and trade union victories. Tracy Edwards, a negotiator and organiser for UK public-sector union PCS, writing in a personal capacity, takes a look. Along with the rest of the public sector, the arts and culture sector ...

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Robots!

Robots!

by Marianne Murray – Cinema has a pattern of using robots as capitalist propaganda tools. Some play villains in cautionary tales about the horror the bosses want us to imagine will result from daring to fight back. Others are stand-ins ...

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