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A brief description of what the Bad Subjects project is.
"Surprisingly lively and smart."
Robert Rossney, in the San Francisco Chronicle
"[Bad Subjects is] the wired left."
Jack Kapica, in the Toronto Globe and Mail
"It revels in a self-consciously renegade spirit."
Liz McMillen, in The Chronicle of Higher Education
"A bridge between the academy and people working nine-to-five jobs"
Annenberg Online Journalism Review
"For those who would like to develop a more seductive and appealing language than neo-Marxist or post-structuralist jargon."
Elaine Showalter, Times Literary Supplement
"Some of the most straightforward, readable, and most importantly, relevant prose you're likely to find."
San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Four stars."
Magellan WWW Reviews

Bad Subjects is a collective that publishes a magazine (Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life) and provides access to it via a public-access website. In 1998, Bad Subjects founded a small educational nonprofit corporation, also called Bad Subjects, which promotes the progressive use of new media and print publications. Donations to the nonprofit go toward funding printed copies of the magazine Bad Subjects (distributed for free), and other related projects, such as Bad Subjects books. Bad Subjects seeks to revitalize progressive politics in retreat. We think too many people on the left have taken their convictions for granted. So we challenge progressive dogma by encouraging readers to think about the political dimension to all aspects of everyday life. We also seek to broaden the audience for leftist and progressive writing, through a commitment to accessibility and contemporary relevance.

Bad Subjects was founded in September 1992, at UC Berkeley. Since then it has circulated widely, and today we actually have about 250,000 readers from around the world per month. You can use our online facilities to find articles on any topic, or browse our current or recent issues.

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Upcoming Issues

Bad Subjects #90: Space

Is space the final frontier, or a steadily-shrinking zone of permission?













 

This issue's trajectory spans heliocentric worlds of science, politics, the arts, the interpersonal.  Show us your space-age optimism, Space Art, spatial illusion (like Virtual Reality), science fiction, militarization of space, privatization of space travel, psychedelia, architecture and interiors, urban or rural physical and psycho-geographies, incarceration, personal space (for collective protest, or privatized Air BnB and second homes), and of course the spaces and interstices you discover in-between.

Satellite of Love, from NASA to Nassau please send us your meteorites and moon rocks of intelligent discourse. Please become familiar with the publication through our archives and then blast off into previously unexplored realms of thought and political analysis.

Please become familiar with the publication’s style for intelligent readers (no footnotes, please) and submit articles as .rtf or .doc files, with “Bad Subjects 90” in Subject line, at submissions.badsubjects@gmail.com by June 30, 2016. Please include a two-sentence autobiography, email address, and any images you want included (roughly 3" x 5", web resolution JPEGs, GIFs or PNGs) with your text, with source credits; original artwork submissions very welcome. And quality contributions on other topics will be considered for inclusion as well.

Bad Subjects: Political Education in Everyday Life. The oldest continuously-publishing political/cultural presence on the Web.

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Collective Action
Collective ActionCollective Action, the second Bad Subjects anthology, is available today at your favorite local independent bookstore. (Get the first one, too.)
 

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