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

“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. “Someone once said that it is easier to imagine the end of … Continue reading Hyperstition: Altering the Supposedly Predestined Future, or, Utopia as Method, Structure, and Process

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

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. By looking at the little which now satisfies Spirit, we can measure the extent of its loss. ~ … Continue reading Ontological Catastrophes and Transcendental Time Machines: Dialectics of Time and Event from Kant and Hegel, across Deleuze and Badiou, towards New Futures

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

8 Cultural and Critical Theory Books Published in August 2014

BooksAugust 29, 2014 Eugene Wolters Leave a commentIf you’re an author or a publisher and would like your books featured on future roundups, please email us at tips@critical-theory.com.Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments.EventBy Slavoj Zizek“A tsunami killed more than 200,000 people in Indonesia!” “The people have won! The dictator has run … Continue reading 8 Cultural and Critical Theory Books Published in August 2014

The Ontologies of Resistance from Senselogic to Cybersense

All your data, all your base... This study is a venture into the relationship between humanities/social sciences and the emerging technologies such as the software programs extracting and analysing Big Data in all its complexity. The name given to these complex data sets constituted by an inordinate measure of raw data intense in variety, massive … Continue reading The Ontologies of Resistance from Senselogic to Cybersense

Lectures Given at the Launch of Howard Caygill’s latest book “On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance” (Audio)

Event Date: 8 November 2013 Lecture Theatre E002, Granary Building, Central Saint Martins, London N1C 4AA The London Graduate School and CRMEP in association with Art & Philosophy @ Central Saint Martins present: A Symposium on Resistance Launch of Howard Caygill’s latest book “On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance” The London Graduate School and CRMEP … Continue reading Lectures Given at the Launch of Howard Caygill’s latest book “On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance” (Audio)

The Prejudice Against Prometheus ~ Alberto Toscano

Whether the dominated think the thoughts of the dominant, or the dominant traduce those of the dominated, a certain affinity between pro- and anti-systemic ideologies is a common feature of discursive contests. Insofar as the forms of our social intercourse are recoded in our theories, this is no surprise. With the declaration that the age … Continue reading The Prejudice Against Prometheus ~ Alberto Toscano

The Original French Text of Badiou’s Article on The Uprising in Turkey and Beyond: Vive la création d’un nouveau foyer, dans le monde, de la politique à venir!

Une très grande partie de la jeunesse éduquée anime en ce moment, dans toute la Turquie, un vaste mouvement contre les pratiques répressives et réactionnaires du gouvernement. Il s’agit d’un très important moment de ce que j’ai appelé « le réveil de l’Histoire ». Dans bien des pays du monde, la jeunesse des collèges, des … Continue reading The Original French Text of Badiou’s Article on The Uprising in Turkey and Beyond: Vive la création d’un nouveau foyer, dans le monde, de la politique à venir!

Taksim Commune: Gezi Park And The Uprising In Turkey (Video)

Taksim Commune: Gezi Park And The Uprising In Turkey from brandon jourdan on Vimeo. Related articles Taksim Commune: Gezi Park and the Turkish Uprising (roarmag.org) This is how you end the fasting on the first day of Ramadan (translatingtaksim.wordpress.com) Re: At least nine detained in Turkey over Gezi protests (wikileaks-forum.com) How to travel during an … Continue reading Taksim Commune: Gezi Park And The Uprising In Turkey (Video)

Letters to a young Comrade (1)

“Communism is for us not a state of affairs which is to be established, an ideal to which reality [will] have to adjust itself. We call communism the real movement which abolishes the present state of things. The conditions of this movement result from the premises now in existence.” ~ Karl Marx

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Dear Comrade,

I know we’ve had this conversation before, and I know you’ve asked me more often than not why the ‘Idea of communism’ matters in such an age as ours. You’ve pointed out that the history of communism has been the history of a great failure. But was it communism that failed us, truly? Should we not admit that mistakes have been made? Are we better than Comrade Lenin who once stated that those “Communists are doomed who imagine that it is possible to finish such an epoch-making undertaking as completing the foundations of socialist economy (particularly in a small-peasant country) without making mistakes, without retreats, without numerous alterations to what is unfinished or wrongly done.”1 Yet, we cannot stop there, we must continue, must remember, allow his message to sink in completely into the core of our being, listen to what he says after this first iteration: “Communists…

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Alain Badiou on the Uprising in Turkey and Beyond

  A large proportion of the educated youth all across Turkey are currently leading a vast movement against the government’s repressive and reactionary practices. This is a very important moment in what I have called  “the rebirth of History.” In many countries around the world, middle school, high school, and university youth, supported by a part of … Continue reading Alain Badiou on the Uprising in Turkey and Beyond

Žižek weighs in on Chávez: A heart larger than life

a human heart stripped of the tissue and muscle surrounding it

“There is an illness, I heard, when heart – as organ – simply grows too big and cannot function properly, unable to pump all the blood through its widened veins. Maybe Chávez really died of having too big a heart.”

~ Slavoj Žižek

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13.03.11_Slavoj Zizek_A heart larger than lifeBy Slavoj Žižek.

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I must confess that, more often than not, I did not like what Hugo Chávez was doing, especially in the last years of his reign. I don’t mean the ridiculous accusations about his “totalitarian” dictatorship (to people who claimed this, I would advise a year or two in a real Stalinist dictatorship!). But yes, he did many crazy things. In foreign politics, one cannot excuse his friendship with Lukashenko and Ahmadinejad; in economic politics, a series of badly improvised measures which, instead of really solving problems, rather consisted in throwing money at them to cover them up; mistreating political prisoners and deserving a rebuttal from Noam Chomsky himself; up to – last and least – some ridiculous cultural measures like prohibiting Simpsons on TV.

But all this pales into insignificance compared with the basic project he was…

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