Political Critique is a pan-european online magazine for democracy, equality and culture beyond the nation-state. The magazine focuses on the most important phenomena and trends in today’s politics, culture and society. One of its main premises is to break the artificial limits between politics and art and it publishes written and audiovisual content from the most relevant authors in the fields of sociology, philosophy, art and culture theory, always trying to combine and confront different perspectives. It also publishes a selection of articles from its partner journals with translations into the major European languages offering an European angle and perspective on the themes that it covers and curates. Political Critique dedicates special attention to certain areas of thinking and acting, such as the shifting understandings of borders, citizenship and migration; feminism and gender; the limits and contradictions of the European Union; new municipalism and rebel cities; artivism; and the commons.
European Alternatives and Krytyka Polityczna are joining forces in order to develop a transnational media network able to speak beyond European borders. This new alliance directly connects with our common objective of connecting the already existing audiences at the national level towards a shared European agenda setting, knowledge and imagination. Additionally, Political Critique offers an online space and community for a more connected generation of active citizens that engage with current events and social issues.
Krytyka Polityczna are the contemporary heirs to the Central and Eastern European traditions of an engaged intelligentsia representing an ethos of public activity and creating a “social glue” through the use of social movements. This tradition dates back to the late 19th century, where the movements were charged with the task of modernising and developing society and was later revived during the 1970s and 1980s through dissident movements, which were seeking to empower society against authoritarian rule and to restore democracy, equality and personal freedoms. All of these movements have centred around building independent institutions, an orientation towards progressive social changes and a desire to maintain a strongly ethical approach.
European Alternatives is a transnational civil society organisation that acts in the belief that the most urgent political, cultural and social challenges of our time can no longer be understood or dealt with at the national level. For more than ten years they have been working in the believe that the emergence of real democracy in Europe is not only about institutions, but also and especially about constructing effective transnational practices of participation, solidarity and cultural invention. The claim that the current inability of citizens and civil society to act in a coordinated way across national borders leaves space for non-democratic forces to dictate our politics. They stand for the principle of solidarity, and see in the current political institutions as well as dominant economic models the causes of rampant inequality. They see in culture and the arts the imaginative resources to create new forms of a transnational community.