Menelique is a new Italian magazine founded by Giovanni Tateo, Matteo Cresti and Fabrizio Soldano (but with an almost all female editorial staff!) with an intentionally political purpose: to face the intellectual desert in which we live, unable to stem the culture of hatred that occupies more and more spheres of public life.
In addition to insights into politics and current affairs, with a critical and feminist eye, Menelique does not lack short stories, photographic reports and illustrations.
Direct and clear from the index (divided into quadrants according to the accessible-complex and short-long coordinates) to graphics, Menelique is what is missing in Italian political publishing, with its démodé visual design and its logics designed for a male audience .
Their manifesto reads:
The menelique collective unites militants, creatives and artists, academics and journalists who share an editorial ambition:
- disseminating a post-colonial point of view that can oppose the growing culture of hatred towards migrants that poisons the Italian public debate;
- stimulate the articulation of a collective political awareness by proposing new critical analyzes of power relations;
- provide platforms for comparison and coordination for political action;
- lay the foundations for a renewed critique of the exploitation of political struggles by the liberal and liberal culture;
- to bring back to life the thematic and stylistic richness of political and cultural discourses, as well as to give space to internal conflicts to the political movements that animate them;
- launch an editorial experience that can achieve economic sustainability through the support of a community of readers aware of the importance of not leaving the Italian cultural space to captains of industry;
- convey through this same path the idea that intellectual, cultural and creative work, requiring knowledge, talent and professionalism, cannot yield to the current system of exploitation that denies adequate recognition and remuneration to workers in the sector.
After issue zero (available in Frab's magazines HERE), the magazine grows large and arrives with a flamboyant structure and bright colors that give credit to the ardor that animates its articles.
The theme of this number 1?
All Western political traditions are based on an assumption: the resources available are limited, we must think about how to divide them. Everyone is convinced of this: communists, collectivists, anarchist individualists, liberals, conservatives. Even the Nazis. If the goods are few and not enough for everyone, somehow you will have to earn them. Such as? Working! Let's think about how the scenario changes drastically if, for some reason, resources abound. In what are called 'post-scarcity societies' every effort, every competition, every struggle for survival is overcome.
One of those reasons that can overturn the imagination and that in the near future could concretely lead us to the society of abundance (assuming we don't already live there) is the constant technological progress that characterizes the era in which we are living. The future of work seems to be contained in one word: automation.