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 book Revenge Capitalism: The …

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The Politics of the Opioid Crisis on KPFA’s Against the Grain (audio)

I was pleased to have an opportunity to talk through some of the themes in a chapter titled “Our Opium Wars Pain, race, and the ghosts of empire” in my forthcoming book Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts, due out from Pluto Press in May …

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Our Opium Wars: Our Opium Wars The Ghosts of Empire in the Prescription Opioid Nightmare (Third Text)

Citation Haiven, Max. 2019. “Our Opium Wars: The Ghosts of Empire in the Prescription Opioid Nightmare.” Third Text 32 (5-6): 662-669. https://doi.org/10.1080/09528822.2018.1559169 Abstract The prescription opioid crisis in the United States is among the worst human-caused public health disasters in modern history, with over 500,000 dead and by some estimates almost 5% of the American …

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