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1968-2018: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose(?)

A working (and incomplete) draft of my talk for the ‘’68 & its Double-binds’ conference (University of Kent) [intro] 50 years on and who would have thought that France’s very own Christophe Castaner (Minister for Parliamentary Relations) would be the…

Waffen für Hoyerswerda

Ein paar müßige Spekulationen, die so müßig nun auch wieder nicht sind. Es stand im »Stern«, Auflage rund eine Million: »Im sächsischen Hoyerswerda hat die staatliche Gewalt die Verfassung gebrochen. In den Tagen und Nächten der Ausländerhatz durch neonazistische Horden…

Armed Joy

Let’s be done with waiting, doubts, dreams of social peace, little compromises and naivety. All metaphorical rubbish supplied to us in the shops of capitalism. Let’s put aside the great analyses that explain everything down to the most minute detail….

Howard Rouse / Sonia Arribas: Egocracy. Marx, Freud und Lacan

Einleitung 1. Teil: Marx (1.1 – 1.3) 2. Teil: Freud (2.1) und Lacan (2.2) Einleitung Die Autoren gehen in der Einleitung davon aus, daß Marx, Freud und Lacan einen, wie sie es nennen, „extimen Kern“ haben (ein Neologismus von Lacan)….

Spiegelbild, Spiegel, leerer Spiegel. Zur Mediensituation der Clicks & Cuts

„Ein Gesang steigt auf, kommt näher oder entfernt sich.“ Gilles Deleuze read here AUS: Sounddcultures Überelektronische und digitale Musik Herausgegeben von Marcus S. Kleiner und Achim Szepanski Kann man Musik erählen? Muss eine Reflexion üher Musik musikalisch sein? Oder verweigert…

Logistics, Counterlogistics and the Communist Prospect

In this latter sense, logistics indexes the subordination of production to the conditions of circulation, the becoming-hegemonic of those aspects of the production process that involve circulation. In the idealised world-picture of logistics, manufacture is merely one moment in a…

Mille Plateaux – Ultrablackness of Music

Project for book & compilation: Ultrablackness of Music When we look back it seems that Mille Plateaux was always dark. We never confirmed techno-utopism, accelerationism or Eshuns afrofuturism. Rhythm, not speed was the term. As we wrote: »If Rhythm is…

Mille Plateaux – Ultrablackness of Music

Project for book & compilation: Ultrablackness of Music When we look back it seems that Mille Plateaux was always dark. We never confirmed techno-utopism, accelerationalism or Eshuns afrofuturism. Rhythm, not speed was the term. As we wrote: »If Rhythm is…

Weltmarkt, Governance und Staatsparanoia

In einem Text aus dem Jahr 1973, der im Kursbuch erschien, hat der Soziologe Manfred Clemenz den Begriff des strukturellen Staatsfaschismus eingeführt, wobei der Autor voraussetzt, dass es keine grundlegenden funktionalen Unterschiede zwischen den Formen der parlamentarischen Demokratie und den…

THEODOR ADORNO & MASS CULTURE

Introduction Too many people talk about Theodor Adorno, and not enough people go through the difficult but bracing task of reading his texts. He is an easy man to caricature, because he believed in exaggeration as a means of reaching…

Enjoy your vacation!

Conclusion: Vacation as fetish To Žižek, a fetish is an ‘embodiment of the Lie which enables us to sustain the unbearable truth’ (Žižek, 2001b: 13). The subject ‘rationally’ accepts the truth, yet is only able to do so because she…

Trapped at a Party Where No One Likes You

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…

Imperialism or (and) Capitalist Expansionism

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…

24/7: Sleepless Soldiers and the Psychopathy of Civilization

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…

The Political Centrality of the Migrant

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…

Memes and the Reactionary Totemism of the Theft of Joy

„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…

Magmatische Autonomie

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,…

Volatile States

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…

American Dystopia: The Empire of War

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…

Some comments on Andreas Malm’s ‘Fossil Capital’

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…

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

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…

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