EconoFiction

Trapped at a Party Where No One Likes You

17 Aug , 2018  

Introduction

The following article was written in the early months of 2015. It is the result of a series of discussions and readings by the Surplus Club in Frankfurt am Main in accordance with the topic of the 2007-08 crisis of capital accumulation and the proliferation of the global surplus ...

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EconoFiction

Imperialism or (and) Capitalist Expansionism

16 Aug , 2018  

Abstract

This paper critically reviews some fundamental theses of the theories of imperialism. It claims that a theory of imperialism, if based on Marx’s theory of capitalism, shall on the one hand reject the traditional monopoly-capitalism approach and on the other adopt a broader definition of imperialism, denoting the (economic, ...

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Biopolitics

24/7: Sleepless Soldiers and the Psychopathy of Civilization

15 Aug , 2018  

On first reading Johnathan Crary’s new book 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep  I wondered if I’d shifted into some dark  psychopathic journey into the heart of darkness where citizens have become machines, augmented cyborgs in a sleepless universe of absolute death where no one dies and everyone ...

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Necropolitics

The Political Centrality of the Migrant

15 Aug , 2018  

Political theory in the twenty-first century is at an interesting crossroads where migration has reached such a critical threshold that what seemed to be an exception has now become the rule. The question now is how to understand the rules of this game in a much more adequate way.

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Necropolitics

Memes and the Reactionary Totemism of the Theft of Joy

12 Aug , 2018  

“Note how they talk about animals, and are moved by them. They make a list of affects. These affects circulate and are transformed within the assemblage.” Deleuze & Guattari

In the summer of 2016 a meme about a sacrificial animal captured the internet. At the Cincinnati Zoo a 200 kg ...

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PhiloFiction

Magmatische Autonomie

12 Aug , 2018  

Gegen den zeitgenössischen Trend einer Verkümmerung der Gesellschaftskritik behaupten sich im Augenblick nur wenige Theorien. Sie ragen wie einsame Inseln aus dem Meer der neokonservativen Zeitdiagnosen und modischen Verfallsprognosen. Unter den Theorien, die in diesem Sinn dem Zeitgeist sich widersetzen, stellt diejenige von Cornelius Castoriadis eine der imponierendsten Leistungen dar. ...

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EconoFiction

Volatile States

11 Aug , 2018  

Haiti is home to the slave rebellion that became arguably the great revolution of the modern world. For its trouble, totally not-racist liberal democratic nations punished it systematically until it was one of the poorest nations on the planet. Except the past tense is a lie; we keep fucking Haiti ...

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EconoFiction

American Dystopia: The Empire of War

10 Aug , 2018  

Capitalism and neoliberalism carry wars within them like clouds carry storms.

—Éric Alliez and Maurizio Lazzarato, To Our Enemies

Henry Miller the ex-patriot who would return to his native land just before the rise of Hitler had a glimpse into the heart of the American Dystopian world when he glimpsed ...

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EconoFiction, Necropolitics

Some comments on Andreas Malm’s ‘Fossil Capital’

7 Aug , 2018  

Moreover Malm has transposed Marx’s argument on the organic composition of capital (the ratio of dead to living labor, increasing over time and producing a falling rate of profit) into a rising fossil composition of capital.[15] “[O]perating over the span of history,” the tendency of capital to reduce the portion ...

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EconoFiction

Cheap Food and Bad Climate : From Surplus Value to Negative Value in the Capitalist World-Ecology

5 Aug , 2018  

… The dynamism of capitalist technological advance not only produces a tendency for industrial production to run ahead of its raw materials supply—Marx’s “general law” of underproduction —it also produces a “general law” of overpollution: the tendency to enclose and fill up waste frontiers faster than it can locate new ...

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Documentation

James Lovelock: Doom is Inevitable, Have a Happy Life!

4 Aug , 2018  

Lovelock believes global warming is now irreversible, and that nothing can prevent large parts of the planet becoming too hot to inhabit, or sinking underwater, resulting in mass migration, famine and epidemics. Britain is going to become a lifeboat for refugees from mainland Europe, so instead of wasting our time ...

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Documentation

Media Narrative: Global Catastrophe and Climate Change

4 Aug , 2018  

We’re living in a moment of shifting realities, it’s as if we are living in a post-Apocalyptic novel whose main character is in total denial. As if in our simulated probability systems we’ve seen the shadow on the screen of futurity, but are turning a blind eye against it, closing ...

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NonPolitics

Against Fortress Leftism

4 Aug , 2018  

Free movement over markets is a minimum demand.

In the most recent German elections, Die Linke (the Left) secured the fifth most seats in the Bundestag, the nation’s parliament. At the same time, nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) came third, to the consternation of everyone who isn’t an asshole. While ...

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EconoFiction

Die weltweite Ungleichheit – immer exzessiver, immer unerträglicher

3 Aug , 2018  

Der „Weltungleichheitsbericht 2018“ von Piketty, Alvaredo und anderen: Die „soziale Frage“ ist global und sie wird immer dringlicher

Dem neuen World Inequality Report ist ein Motto Thomas Pikettys vorangestellt: „Ungleichheit ist immer dann ein Problem, wenn sie exzessiv wird.“ Und exzessiv schwellen die Ungleichheiten von Einkommen und Vermögen global wie ...

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EconoFiction

Das Kapital – vom nihilistischen Operator zum suizidalen Faschist

2 Aug , 2018  

Lyotard schreibt, dass es sich beim Kapital um einen Pseudo-Organismus handele, der nicht einmal in der Lage sei, eine Diskurs zu formulieren, der seine eigene Wahrheit begründe, da es über keine Metaphysik verfüge, die seine Existenz erklären und rechtfertigen könnte. Die vom Unsichtbaren Komitee vorgetragene Feststellung, dass wir in einer ...

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