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

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The Future History of a Non-Reductive Philosophical Agenda

Situating Neuroscience in the Context of Transcendental Realism/Materialism and Non-Reductive Naturalism Inferential Rationality The question I had in mind as I was in search of funding for a research project that would enable me to write “a book comparing the ontological and the epistemological modes of being and thinking in and through which the subject … Continue reading The Future History of a Non-Reductive Philosophical Agenda

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

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

Break The Code

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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Reading The UK Riots: Slavoj Zizek and Living in the End Times (via Reading The Riots)

Let us assume that most of the rioters are indeed stupid and mindless and all that, still these riots do have a political significance. These youths are symptoms of capitalism; they are an inevitable consequence of the internal dynamics of capitalism itself. The riots show us that things cannot go on the way they are. As Marx once put it, capitalism … Continue reading Reading The UK Riots: Slavoj Zizek and Living in the End Times (via Reading The Riots)

Deterritorialization (via Larval Subjects.)

For many years I've been fascinated with Deleuze and Guattari's triad of deterritorialization, reterritorialization, and territory. Truth be told, when I first encountered these concepts I was repulsed. I found the language to be trendy and understood "deterritorialization" to refer to some romantic notion of "escape" from a territory. While there are indeed elements of … Continue reading Deterritorialization (via Larval Subjects.)

Squaring Nietzsche and Marx: language and capital as social ossification (via Aaron Asphar: poetry, critical theory + philosophy)

Marx’s analysis of production ranks amongst the most thorough and forensic in Western thought, yet for him ‘language’ was a relatively marginal concern. It was theoretically addressed, but not subjected to the kind of interrogation he applied to categories such as labour, money and commodity. Other Marxists addressed language more squarely. An early contribution comes … Continue reading Squaring Nietzsche and Marx: language and capital as social ossification (via Aaron Asphar: poetry, critical theory + philosophy)

David Foster Wallace, Slavoj Žižek, and Scatological Ideology (via biblioklept)

I came across this clip of Slavoj Žižek discussing the different types of toilets that one finds across Europe the other day, and his riff immediately reminded me of David Foster Wallace's novella The Suffering Channel (or "The Suffering Channel," if you prefer to think of it as a long short story). Here's a version … Continue reading David Foster Wallace, Slavoj Žižek, and Scatological Ideology (via biblioklept)

Slavoj Žižek masterclasses, and Jacques Lacan lecture (via P e r ∙ C r u c e m ∙ a d ∙ L u c e m)

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities has been hosting some ‘Masterclasses’ with Slavoj Žižek. The three talks are available for download here: The Idea of Communism and its Actuality (plus Q&A) (23rd March 2011) Lacan and Sexual Difference (plus Q&A) (25th March 2011) The Limits of Hegel (26th March 2011) Need more Žižek? Here is … Continue reading Slavoj Žižek masterclasses, and Jacques Lacan lecture (via P e r ∙ C r u c e m ∙ a d ∙ L u c e m)

Hallward weighs in heavily, Harman responds immediately (via Object-Oriented Philosophy)

  Peter Hallward in The Guardian, via Cengiz Erdem’s blog: “Whatever happens next, the people of north Africa and the Middle East have already won victories that will never be erased. The clashes in Tunis on 11-12 January, the capitulation of riot police in Cairo and Alexandria on 28 January, the retaking of Manama’s Pearl … Continue reading Hallward weighs in heavily, Harman responds immediately (via Object-Oriented Philosophy)

Peter Hallward – Arab uprisings mark a turning point for the taking

It's not only in the Middle East that the balance of power is moving. The old neoliberal order has also been shaken...  In the late 1940s, Simone de Beauvoir was already bemoaning our tendency to "think that we are not the master of our destiny; we no longer hope to help make history, we are … Continue reading Peter Hallward – Arab uprisings mark a turning point for the taking

Slavoj Zizek – For Egypt, this is the miracle of Tahrir Square

One cannot but note the "miraculous" nature of the events in Egypt: something has happened that few predicted, violating the experts' opinions, as if the uprising was not simply the result of social causes but the intervention of a mysterious agency that we can call, in a Platonic way, the eternal idea of freedom, justice … Continue reading Slavoj Zizek – For Egypt, this is the miracle of Tahrir Square

Excision Ethos: Flat Ontology and the Posthuman Object/Subject (via Dark Chemistry)

"Transhumanism for me is like a relationship with an obsessive and very neurotic lover. Knowing it is deeply flawed, I have tried several times to break off my engagement, but each time, it manages to creep in through the back door of my mind." - N. Katherine Hayles"In fact, for me, the facticity, the object … Continue reading Excision Ethos: Flat Ontology and the Posthuman Object/Subject (via Dark Chemistry)