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COMBINED AND UNEVEN APOCALYPSE: LUCIFERIAN MARXISM

EVAN CALDER WILLIAMS

From the repurposed rubble of salvagepunk to undead hordes banging on shopping mall doors, from empty waste zones to teeming plagued cities, Combined and Uneven Apocalypse grapples with the apocalyptic fantasies of our collapsing era. Moving through the films, political tendencies, and recurrent crises of late capitalism, Evan Calder Williams paints a black toned portrait of the dream and nightmare images of a global order gone very, very wrong. Situating itself in the defaulting financial markets of the present, Combined and Uneven Apocalypse glances back toward a messy history of zombies, car wrecks, tidal waves, extinction, trash heaps, labour, pandemics, wolves, cannibalism, and general nastiness that populate the underside of our cultural imagination. Every age may dream the end of the world to follow, but these scattered nightmare figures are a skewed refraction of the normal hell of capitalism.

The apocalypse isn’t something that will happen one day: it’s just the slow unveiling of the catastrophe we’ve been living through for centuries. Against any fantasies of progress, return, or reconciliation, Williams launches a loathing critique of the bleak present and offers a graveside smile for our necessary battles to come.

Evan Calder Williams is a writer and theorist. He writes the blog Socialism and/or barbarism. He currently resides in Santa Cruz, California, where he is a doctoral candidate in literature.

Socialism and/or Barbarism: http://socialismandorbarbarism.blogspot.com/

See: http://www.zero-books.net/book/detail/814/Combined-and-Uneven-Apocalypse

Book Details:

ISBN:
[978-1-84694-468-0]
Price:
£14.99 || $24.95
Publishing on:
29 Apr 2011
Pages:
261
Format:
Paperback

Endorsement:
Yes, another book about zombies and the end of the world. But this is not just another book about zombies and the end of the world. Like one of the junk-suturing recusants whose philosophy he has been central to constructing, Evan Calder Williams builds something rageful and compelling and quite new out of all this fucking wreckage.— China Miéville

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Capitalism IS Crisis

PROSPERITY FOR THEM AND AUSTERITY FOR US

The Crisis of Capitalism & Resistance from Below

A public forum with Joel Geier, Marxist economist and associate editor of International Socialist Review magazine

Thursday, Feb 3rd • 7-9pm

Grace Place • 637 S. Dearborn Street

Around the world, economies are being wrecked by crisis. In addition to the trillions of dollars handed over to Wall Street, the governments of Ireland, Greece, and Portugal required similar bailouts while Spain and Italy are also seeking a way out of the financial crisis.

Of course, working class people everywhere are being forced to pay for the crisis; through joblessness, wage-cuts, and the slashing of social services. Likewise, these austerity programs have provoked fightbacks from hundreds of thousands of workers and students across Europe. And in Tunisia and Egypt, people have overthrown the bloated, corrupt governments that oversaw skyrocketing food and housing prices.

But, how can we understand the roots of the crisis; beyond the soundbites, headlines, and lies? Hear Joel Geier, a long-time Marxist economist, discuss the evolving crisis and prospects for global capitalism.

See: http://ChicagoSocialists.org

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