Pitchfork Cosmonaut – A New Voice in Alternative Media

Pitchfork Cosmonaut is an online publication which points both backwards and forwards – a past we must learn from and be inspired by (the pitchfork = revolution), and a future where humanity escapes its shackles (the cosmonaut).

Content includes news, views and reviews, including satire, pop culture analysis and current affairs commentary. It takes a long view and satellite view of major issues of current affairs, so that readers can gain a deeper understanding of topics often presented with misleading context or historical background in mainstream media. Some current articles include ones on the dangers of self-help culture, on the corruptness of G4S, a toolkit on how to win debates against racists on immigration, and a critique of The Apprentice. The perspective is opposed to exploiters and oppressors and the approach is organised around four main concepts – alienation, hegemony, ideology, imperialism, used in a broad sense –

Alienation here refers specifically to the state of being in capitalist society, the psychological attacks we face which impact on our mental health.

Hegemony here refers to the way in which the ruling class dominates society.

Ideology here refers to ideas which are used as weapons by the ruling class, usually via its media, to divide us (racism, misogyny, ableism, snobbery etc).

Imperialism here refers to the ways in which Western powers dominate the global financial system to keep the rest of the world in economic dependency and poverty, and the tactics (wars of aggression etc) it uses to maintain this dominance.

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