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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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Call for Papers
Bad Subjects #86:
The End of Memory


Neither history nor literature have ended, but memory is fading fast. Francis Fukayama wrote in 1992 that history had ended because global techno-capitalism had silenced all opposing ideologies, but global techno-capitalism was, in fact, only doing so much, for so few. The end of memory does not signify the end of any ideology or the supremacy of any ideology, but merely the end of being interested in or able to remember, which means the end of any usuable critique of Market Rule. The end of memory has already made "the new Viet Nam war", this century's US war in Iraq, possible. It has also made possible the reappearance of the extreme Right behind the 1990s Contract with America, now called The Tea Party.

For Bad Subjects house style, article length, and use of graphics, please familiarize yourself throughout http://bad.eserver.org.

Send proposals, and completed essays as email attachments by March 15, 2014, to issue editors Joseph Natoli and Charlie Bertsch.

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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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