The Revolutionary Power of the Che Shirt

In defense of performative radicalism

Artwork by Phoebe Edith. Check out her twitter!

The figure of the poseur haunts radical political movements. The elmer’s-glue spikes in his hair, his Hot Topic Che shirt, his ability to misquote Lenin or Bakunin or Steiner in exactly the wrong circumstance and to use terms like ‘late capitalism’ in such a way that it’s obvious he doesn’t know what they mean — all of these…

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John Ohno

Resident hypertext crank. Author of Big and Small Computing: Trajectories for the Future of Software. http://www.lord-enki.net