Liaisons gathers revolutionary writing from around the world. As an inclination, tangent, and crossroads of links and confrontations, Liaisons assembles analyses and theorizations from the ongoing struggles of affiliated groups who seek a common ground. In this worn out age, where throughout the world the same collapse resounds, Liaisons circulates thoughts, dreams, testimonies and experiences in an attempt to grasp the planetary reverberation of a sensibility our friendships hold in common.
Revolutionary vitality rests as much on sharing the situations that affect us as being affected by the unknown. This is our invitation: to feel and be a part of other worlds, through the rise and fall of transoceanic waves. By wrestling with the local manifestations of planetary political phenomena, Liaisons explores the multiple and often vanishing horizons of friends who have yet to give in to the night of our time.
Liaisons I: In the Name of the People
The current populist backlash confounds old divisions and destabilizes political struggles. It indicates the urgency of developing a shared perspective regarding phenomena unfolding on a planetary scale. While much of the left tries to combat this authoritarian turn through their own “left populism”, other forces refuse such an easy answer to the age’s desperation, choosing to navigate, in a radically different way, the troubled waters of our time.
Liaisons I examines numerous instances of this populist wave through the responses of political collectives writing from their own experiences and local strategies of resistance. In this first issue, friends from France, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Quebec, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Ukraine, and the United States respond to this question: how is populism embodied in our worlds, and how do those of us who struggle relate to it?