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  • Winter 2019
  • From Manetas to Metamanetas
  • Issue 01

How I became Metamanetas

Futura Passata by Alfatype
Outside of the internet with Yanis Varoufakis
"Outside of the internet there is no glory". I wrote this in 2007 and then I turned it to a "dot Com". Back then, I was the least involved with politics and social struggle person you can imagine. But I was leaving in London's High Gate, close to Karl Marx's grave and I was probably visited by his ghost. Something somewhere was already breaking.. the glitter finish on our society's "Desktop Pattern" had start falling apart. In 2009, my friend and Master Malcolm McLaren, was diagnosed with incurable cancer, in May 2010, he was buried next to Karl Marx in a grave he had purchased in the Seventies to host the body of Sid Vicious. With Malcolm, the first part of my life was also gone.. Actually, I broke into two parts. The conformist egocentric artist is still here of course, the "public icon", manetas.com. But nine years ago, on the top of tree in the Amazon forest another person of me came finally of age: Metamanetas.
— Miltos Manetas, Bogota 2019
Internet from the top of a tree

Internet from the top of a tree

In the Colombian Amazon

Nov 2009

I am up on a tree, 36 meters high, in the heart of the Amazon jungle. And I am online! To be up here feels amazing, but the fact that I can check my position on Google Earth, send pictures to Facebook and receive email feels even better! We climbed up to the tree with ropes-myself, two French tourists and two very young Colombians who work as guides when they are on vacation from their regular job which is...Paramilitares. "We kill guerrillas" they are telling me explaining that sometimes they kill - accidentally- some innocent people and in order to be paid they have to dress their victims with clothes of FARC or ELN.. "That way government accepts them"-they say- "and we get paid".. I am not really paying attention to their story, only a few years after I would realize that I had received a first-hand confession of an episode from the "Falsos Positivos" tragedy. But I wasn't interested to the death of others back then although I was terrified about something happening to me.. Climbing up on the tree felt so very dangerous and scary that I've been thinking all the time about myself crashing to the jungle's floor like a watermelon. But then, once I"ve reached the top my very first thought was: "Do I have any signal up here?". Finding that I had signal, I got so happy, that I forgot to even look at the landscape around me. Soon, the night catches me writing messages on this BlackBerry! I feel fine about it. After all, it's perfectly fine to be yourself and not an impostor, I never cared about "Mother Nature", "post-Internet-Nature" is our real Nature!

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Colombia

"Falsos Positivos"

Criminal Presidents and their Robots

in Colombia

MEDIOSUD

Don’t ask me for formulas to open worlds for you

all I have are gnarled syllables, branch-dry. All I can tell you now is this: what we are not, what we do not want.

"Don’t Ask Me for Words", Eugenio Montale, 1925

in Rome

Middle South

MedioSud is born

MedioSud is born

on a day without God

The Perfect day

On Feb 28, 2013 Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger alias Pope Benedict XVI officially resigned.

We picked that perfect day to start MedioSud.

According to the Catholic religion, Pope represents God on Earth. A World without Pope is an unruled Earth, a World free from God's authority.

Uneven & Combined

Solving Poverty Is Simple

Matt Bruenig

Corporations are making record profits. That’s money we could use to lift millions out of misery.

My Family in MedioSud

READING MATERIEL

My Family in MedioSud

South As a State of Mind

A magazine that has been eaten by the North

Richard Seymour

Europe Since 1989 is a book about neoliberalism in Europe written by someone who doesn’t know what neoliberalism is, and hasn’t really paid much attention to Europe.

Canon Fodder

In His Own Words

Bernie Sanders

Here's Bernie Sanders in his own words — from denunciations of US militarism to his prediction that “within a decade, Mississippi could become one of the most progressive states in the country.”

Field Notes

When Social Democracy Radicalized

A CIA report from November 1967 reveals the agency’s deep fear of Swedish social democracy, and its rising star Olof Palme.

"SUMMER OF NO", THE SUMMER OF OUR DISCONTENT

Mediosud logo Angelo Plessas

Like a patient parent, the Eurogroup tries to "help" Greece, give to Greece an opportunity to become Full Europe, Full North. But Greece is ruining those efforts...

by Meagan Day

A Plan to Win Socialism in America

by Peter Gowan

The Welfare State Isn’t Enough. A Sanders Government Needs to Pursue Policies that Diminish the Power of Capital and Radically Democratize the Economy.

Illustration by Marco Miccichè

Winning Democracy in America

by Kalewold H. Kalewold

Forget socialist democracy; by virtue of its Constitution, the United States barely has political democracy. If we take expanding democracy seriously — and if we want to implement sweeping social reforms — we need some serious changes.

Cultural Front

Cultural Capital

All Art is Propaganda

Red Channels

The Man Who Shot America in the Face

Eileen Jones

Vice reminds us of the hell Dick Cheney wrought, with help from a rogue’s gallery of perps, hacks, creeps, and fall guys.

Ways of Seeing

Our Very Own Albert Speer

Owen Hatherley

The architect Philip Johnson had some good qualities. He was also talentless, a fascist, and a liar.

Ways of Seeing

The Real Life of Social Realism

Ben Davis

The communist Charles White created images of dignity to portray America’s working class. Now, forty years after his death, his art is back in the mainstream.

Love Letter III (1977)

Color lithograph. 30 1/16 x 22 5/8" (76.3 x 57.4 cm). The Art Institute of Chicago. Margaret Fisher Fund. © The Charles White Archives / © The Art Institute of Chicago.

Modern Monetary Theory Isn't Helping

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MMT is billed by its advocates as a radical new way to understand money and debt. But it’ll take more than a few keystrokes to change the economy.

Doug Henwood

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Tumbrel

The Tumbrel

It’s difficult for someone to understand Something when their salAry depeNds on not understanding it

The Worst Estate

Propagandists of Privilege

Dawn Foster

Corbyn’s experience is proof: if the media won’t give the Left a fair hearing, they can be circumvented.

Girondins

Where Are They Now?

We went looking for our favorite Obama and Clinton campaign alums. We found them in corporate America.

Girondins

The Hater Class

Liza Featherstone

As long as the upper middle class exists, it’s going to be at best ambivalent about our program.

Versailles

The Whitlam Coup

Branko Marcetic

In 1975, the Queen’s loyal representative, governor-general John Kerr, decided he’d had enough of Australian social democracy.

Leftovers

Leftovers

I’m gonna stay right here and fight for this lost cause

Popular Front

The Purgatory of Canadian Social Democracy

Luke Savage

If Canada’s NDP is to have a future, it needs to rediscover its militancy.

The Dustbin

Revisiting A Very British Coup in the Age of Corbyn

Ronan Burtenshaw

It’s a reminder that the state is not neutral, and the ruling class has more than capital strikes at its disposal.

Means & Ends

Socialism: An Idea That Will Live on Beyond 2020

Make sure Metamanetas can keep carrying its torch.