Essays

Empires of Pain: A Story of Racism, Opioids and Revenge (graphic novel)

It is my great pleasure to present "Empires of Pain: A story of Racism, Opioids and Revenge," a short 15-page web-comic I produced along with Hugh Goldring of Petroglyph/AdAstra Comix and beautifully illustrated by Pia Alizé Hazarika. --> empiresofpain.com The comic is an adaptation of chapter 4 of my recently published ...

“Orcas are not taking nature’s revenge, but we should.” in ROAR

My essay on endangered whales attacking boats in the Strait of Gibraltar has been published by ROAR Magazine here and below. Here is also an audio version: Last week wildfires raged mercilessly on America’s Pacific coast and the Gulf of Mexico continued to endure an almost unprecedented frequency of hurricanes and tropical ...

‘Revenge Spending’ Won’t Get Us Out of a Crisis of Racial Capitalism at Novara

Novara has published a short essay "‘Revenge Spending’ Won’t Get Us Out of a Crisis of Racial Capitalism" Like the commodification of revenge culture, the instrumentalisation of revenge politics by the far-right preys upon and offers a false solution to the sense of hopelessness, meaninglessness and betrayal that life under neoliberalism ...

Rising up against white revenge in ROAR

ROAR Magazine has published a short essay I wrote "Rising up against white revenge." The current uprisings reveal that America is haunted by the reality of white revenge and manufactured fears of Black revenge. But the tide is turning Read the original here: https://roarmag.org/essays/rising-up-against-white-revenge/ Since its inception, the Unites States has been wreaking ...

“Revenge Fantasy or Avenging Imaginary?” in e-flux

E-Flux has published an edited excerpt from my book Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts. https://conversations.e-flux.com/t/revenge-capitalism-the-ghosts-of-empire-the-demons-of-capital-and-the-settling-of-unpayable-debts/9990 The following is an excerpt from Max Haiven’s Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts, out this ...

“No artist left alive” in Arts of the Working Class

My short, provocative essay "No Artist Left Alive" has appeared in the 11th issue of the Berlin-based broadsheet Arts of the Working Class. It argues that, as we emegre from that pandemic, artists and their supporters should consider anti-capitalist strategies not based on making life and economic conditions better for ...

No return to normal: For a post-pandemic liberation (ROAR Magazine plus audio)

Original at: https://roarmag.org/essays/no-return-to-normal-for-a-post-pandemic-liberation/ Spanish translation: http://comunizar.com.ar/sin-retorno-la-normalidad-una-liberacion-poscoronavirus/ The following is a postscript to Max Haiven’s Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts, due out in May from Pluto Press. Audio version Strikes across the frontier and strikes for higher wage Planet lurches to the right as ideologies ...

Preparing for Millions to Bury their Smartphones

By Krystian Woznicki An interview with the art collective The University of the Phoenix about responding to the climate crisis with a global secret society for interspecies cooperation. Original --> https://blogs.mediapart.fr/krystian-woznicki/blog/111119/preparing-millions-bury-their-smartphones While climate change seems to be intangible, nowhere and everywhere at the same time, it is entangled with everything and everyone. Against ...

From anxiety to revolt? Against the financialized university

Original: https://roarmag.org/essays/from-anxiety-to-revolt-against-the-financialized-university/ From anxiety to revolt? Against the financialized university By Max Haiven and Aris Komorozos-Athanasiou Can we find, in the “mental health crisis” in financialized universities, the seeds of radical refusal? The decade since the Great Recession has revealed the promise of the corporate, neoliberal university to be a lie: going massively into ...

Interview with Max Haiven: Art after Money, Money after Art

Geert Lovink and I had a conversation about my book Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization in the context of Dan Mihaltianu's exhibtion as part of the Romanian Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Bienale. It was published on the Institute for Network Cultures website. Interview with Max ...

Art after Money (Open Democracy)

This essay was originally published on Open Democracy on 10 October 2018. Art after money Max Haiven Banksy’s prank on the art market rhymes with our common struggle against financialization’s shredding of society. Banksy’s prank on the art market rhymes with our common struggle against financialization’s shredding of society. Banksy’s latest art prank, in which one ...

What is the Fate of Creativity Under Capitalism?

This essay originally appeared on the blog of Pluto Press in September of 2018. What is the Fate of Creativity Under Capitalism? Max Haiven I have a confession to make.  I don’t really care about art. Art after Money, Money after Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization, is a book about how radical artists are ...