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A new blog from Stevphen Shukaitis

Nihilist Optimism:

I’ll be posting various ramblings and writings about cultural politics, class composition, and various other anarcho-autonomous things.

Hopefully some of them will be interesting to you.

Here’s a few things that have been posted already:

Shit, Violence, Love, and Art (Interviewing

Work, It’s the Sound of the Police (some good old fashioned anti-work ranting):

Fragment on Comparative Decomposition (arguing for greater focus on dynamics of class decomposition):

What Are You Reading For? Modes of Critique, Modes of Production (thoughts on Bill Hicks, labor, education, network culture):

Recomposing precarity (Notes on the laboured politics of class composition):

Speaking Code to Power (review of Geoff Cox’s new book):

Metropolitan Strategies, Psychogeographic Investigations (on combining psychogeography and workers’ inquiry):




Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at:  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski:


Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas:

Rikowski Point:


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By James Thomson

This is an essay written by an ex-student of mine, James Thomson. He wrote it when he was a final year student in Education Studies, in the School of Education at the University of Northampton. It was an essay for the EDU3004 module, ‘Education, Culture & Society’.

I have put James’ essay – with his permission – onto The Flow of Ideas website, mainly for the benefit of my current EDU3004 students, but others may also be interested in it.

The full reference and URL for the essay is:

Thomson, J. (2007) Paul Willis and Learning to Labour, Education Studies, School of Education, University of Northampton, 3rd December. Available online at The Flow of Ideas:


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Glenn Rikowski