Archive Image

Is HSBC the World’s Most Honest Bank?

Does your money cross borders as easily as you do? That’s a question that HSBC, “the world’s local bank,” posed to would-be clients in a slogan that appeared on posters around the world a few years ago. The prompt accompanied a photograph of smiling Asian cyclists before the University of Cambridge. “When life takes you or your family across borders, your money should seamlessly follow,” reads the caption. “You’re at home abroad. Now the same can be said for your money.”

Archive Image

Letter From Athens

The hopes and fears of leftists around the world following Syriza’s dizzying victory last week can best be summed up by a famous scene on the TV show Saved by the Bell where the episode’s heroine, Jesse Spano, takes too many caffeine …

Archive Image

Why the UN?

One of the more unsettling developments in the Gaza conflict thus far has been the shelling of UNRWA sites by the Israel Defense Forces. On July 30, at least nineteen people died and many more were wounded when a UN school-turned-shelter in …

Archive Image

The Socialite Network

A Small World is a self-consciously exclusive social network aimed at a certain class of internationals—referred to interchangeably as “global nomads,” “citizens of the world,” or, more frequently, the “global elite.” The site reveals that modern cosmopolitanism has been a largely market-driven phenomenon, designed for capital, not citizens, to become “of the world.”

Archive Image

Citizens, Denaturalization, and Assassination

To be stripped of one’s citizenship rights is to be consigned to a ghetto of one. But it’s not just Nazis, fascists, and dictators who engage in such practices. As Patrick Weil notes in The Sovereign Citizen, the United States frequently revokes the citizenship of both naturalized and native-born Americans for reasons both political and administrative. Emma Goldman’s assessment that “citizenship is a fraud” is looking more accurate with every drone strike and assassination.

Page 1 of 212



Want to read our Spring issue for free? Sign up for our newsletter by March 31 to receive a full PDF when the issue launches.


×

Movements need ideas.

Sign up to the Dissent email list to receive weekly article roundups, issue previews, event invitations, and more.

×