Slavoj Žižek: The Effects of Capitalist Dynamics and the Causes of Depression

Slavoj Žižek weighs in on the Future of Marx's Analysis of Capitalism and the Causes of Depression in Our Perilous Times... Same shit, different day; Žižek has found the way out, though, and it's hysteria... That said, I would rather say hysterical sublimity would suit the needs of one better when it comes to sublating depression... … Continue reading Slavoj Žižek: The Effects of Capitalist Dynamics and the Causes of Depression

Roger Waters Considers Performing Pink Floyd’s The Wall on US-Mexico Border

BY ALEX YOUNG “Musicians have an absolute right, a duty, to open their mouths to speak out…” – Roger Waters Though Roger Waters did not write Pink Floyd’s The Wall as an allegory about any real-life structure, the band’s 1979 opus subsequently took on such an interpretation. In July 1990, Waters performed the album in Berlin, Germany to commemorate the fall of the … Continue reading Roger Waters Considers Performing Pink Floyd’s The Wall on US-Mexico Border

Gilles Deleuze’s Postscript on the Societies of Control (Video)

 "Could it be that Deleuze's most lasting legacy will lie in his "Postscript on Control Societies," a mere 2,300 word essay from 1990? Such a strange little text, it bears not the same Deleuzean voice so familiar from his other writings. Cynics will grumble it falls short of the great books of '68-'69 or the … Continue reading Gilles Deleuze’s Postscript on the Societies of Control (Video)

Alain Badiou: What is Called a Failure?

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The mid-1970s saw the begin­nings of the ebb the ‘red dec­ade’ ushered in by the fourfold cir­cum­stances of national lib­er­a­tion struggles (in Viet­nam and Palestine in par­tic­u­lar), the world­wide stu­dent and youth move­ment (Ger­many, Japan, the USA, Mex­ico . . .), fact­ory revolts (France and Italy) and the Cul­tural Revolu­tion in China. It finds its sub­ject­ive form in a resigned sur­render, in a return to cus­toms — includ­ing elect­oral cus­toms – defer­ence towards the cap­italo-par­lia­ment­arian or ‘West­ern’ order, and the con­vic­tion that to want some­thing bet­ter is to want some­thing worse. It finds its intel­lec­tual form in what, in France, acquired the very strange name of ‘the new philo­sophy’. Des­pite the change of name, we have here, almost unchanged, all the argu­ments of the Amer­ican anti-com­mun­ism of the 1950s: social­ist regimes are loath­some des­pot­isms and bloody dic­tat­or­ships. At the level of the state, this social­ist ‘total­it­ari­an­ism’ must be con­tras­ted with…

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Altering the Supposedly Predestined Future: Utopia as Method, Structure, and Process

| Click Here to Listen | Recommended Voice: Hazel (English - GB) “It is easier, someone once said, to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism: and with that the idea of a revolution overthrowing capitalism seems to have vanished.” ~ Fredric Jameson, An American Utopia: Dual Power and the Universal Army. … Continue reading Altering the Supposedly Predestined Future: Utopia as Method, Structure, and Process

Ontological Catastrophes and Transcendental Time Machines: Dialectics of Time and Event from Kant and Hegel, across Deleuze and Badiou, towards New Futures

| Download PDF 1 or PDF 2 [Same text, different appearances] | Click Here to Listen | Recommended Voice: Amy (English - GB) The Spirit shows itself as so impoverished that, like a wanderer in the desert craving for a mere mouthful of water, it seems to crave for its refreshment only the bare feeling of the divine in general. … Continue reading Ontological Catastrophes and Transcendental Time Machines: Dialectics of Time and Event from Kant and Hegel, across Deleuze and Badiou, towards New Futures

Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work

A new manifesto for a high-tech future free from work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams... "Neoliberalism isn’t working. Austerity is forcing millions into poverty and many more into precarious work, while the left remains trapped in stagnant political practices that offer no respite. Inventing the Future is a bold new manifest0 for life after capitalism. Against … Continue reading Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work

Revolution of the Present (Full Film)

"Humanity seems to be stuck in the perpetual now that is our networked world. More countries are witnessing people taking to the streets in search of answers. Revolution of the Present, the film, features interviews with thought leaders designed to give meaning to our present and precarious condition. This historic journey allows us to re-think … Continue reading Revolution of the Present (Full Film)

Alain Badiou delivers the 11 points inspired by the situation in Greece

 It is urgently necessary to internationalise the Greek people’s cause. Only the total elimination of the debt would bring an "ideological blow" to the current European system. 1. The Greek people’s massive "No" does not mean a rejection of Europe. It means a rejection of the bankers’ Europe, of infinite debt and of globalised capitalism. … Continue reading Alain Badiou delivers the 11 points inspired by the situation in Greece

Alain Badiou on Communism and Multiculturalism

The Red Flag and the Tricolore 1. Background: the world situation Today the figure of global capitalism has taken over the entire world. The world is subject to the ruling international oligarchy and enslaved to the abstraction of money – the only recognised universal. Our own time is the painful interval between the end of … Continue reading Alain Badiou on Communism and Multiculturalism

Postnihilistic Speculations on That Which Is Not: A Thought-World According to an Ontology of Non-Being

When everything appears similar, nothing really is... ~ Alain Badiou Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away...  ~ Philip K. Dick It is easier to imagine the end of the world than it is to imagine the end of capitalism... ~ Fredric Jameson If you are trapped within the dream … Continue reading Postnihilistic Speculations on That Which Is Not: A Thought-World According to an Ontology of Non-Being

Slavoj Žižek On 9/11: New Yorkers faced the fire in the minds of men

Two Hollywood films mark 9/11's fifth anniversary: Paul Greengrass's United 93 and Oliver Stone's World Trade Center. Both adopt a terse, realistic depiction of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. There is undoubtedly a touch of authenticity to them and most critics have praised their sober styles and avoidance of sensationalism. But it is the touch … Continue reading Slavoj Žižek On 9/11: New Yorkers faced the fire in the minds of men