Post by: Achim Szepanski

Necropolitics

Mbembe: Nanoracism and narcotherapy

14 Okt , 2019  

For Felix Guattari, even at the beginning of the age of digitized mobility in the 1980s, it seemed crystal clear that large sections of the population, which we now call the global surplus population, would be assigned “a corner on the planet that has become a global factory to which ...

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GenericScience

Paranoia Machines of the State

13 Okt , 2019  

One should insist that paranoia is the mass psychological fuel of neo-fascist and right-wing populist movements. Today they have chosen the vulnerable foreigners as their suitable enemy object. And to anticipate it right away, the paranoia of right-wing populists and that of the state reinforce each other. But the paranoia ...

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PhiloFiction

For a New Leftist Policy of Subtraction – Adorno – Dark Deleuze – Laruelle (1)

11 Okt , 2019  

The hegemonically important discourses are currently taking place between neoliberal positions propagating the national market as a location in international competition and thus free trade, mobility for capital and a limited immigration of labour, and between the racist New Right, which fears for the sovereignty of the state and propagates ...

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EconoFiction

Fossiles Kapital (4)

6 Okt , 2019  

Kommen wir zum Gesetz der steigenden atmosphärischen Konzentration von C02. Der Fluss der chinesischen Wanderarbeiter vom Land in die Städte hat die Lohnkosten für eine Zeitperiode niedrig gehalten, aber nicht nur in China, sondern in der ganzen Welt, sodass die chinesische Reservearmee zu einer weltweiten Reservearmee mutierte. Zugleich kam man ...

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EconoFiction

Fossiles Kapital (3)

5 Okt , 2019  

Am Ende des Buchs kommt Malm auf die Emissions-Explosion nach dem Jahr 2000 zu sprechen, die von einem einzigen Land ausging, nämlich der VR China. Zwischen den Jahren 2000 und 2006 war China für 55% der globalen Emission von CO2 verantwortlich. Im Jahr 2002 wurde China der größte Förderer von ...

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GenericScience

Fossiles Kapital (2)

4 Okt , 2019  

Andreas Malm übersetzt die Marx`sche These von der steigenden organischen Zusammensetzung des Kapitals (die Rate zwischen toter und lebendiger Arbeit) in eine ansteigende fossile Zusammensetzung des Kapitals. Über eine längere Zeitperiode hinweg lässt sich die Tendenz das Kapitals, den Anteil menschlicher Arbeit gegenüber dem der Maschinen zu reduzieren, in das ...

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EconoFiction

The resonant Cavity of the Shopping Mall

4 Okt , 2019  

The Shopping Centre
Why should one still read Baudrillard today? Paradoxically, many of Baudrillard’s poststructuralist texts, which were rightly often perceived as science fiction texts, are dated, and some of his texts, apart from the fact that there are general doubts about his simulation theory, are really no exception.1 However, ...

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NonPolitics

Zur Frage der allgemeinen Bestimmung des Staates (Poulantzas, Paschukanis, Vogl etc.

3 Okt , 2019  

Als wichtige Bestandteile des souveränen Nationalstaates werden gemeinhin in der modernen Völkerrechtslehre das Territorium, die Staatsgewalt und die Bevölkerung betrachtet. In der vom Strukturalismus inspirierten marxistischen Theorietradition hat Nicos Poulantzas im Anschluss an und in Absetzung zu Louis Althussers Analysen über die Ideologischen Staatsapparate (Althusser 1977) den Staat etwas elaborierter ...

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EconoFiction

Derivatives are Speculative Capital

3 Okt , 2019  

In recent decades, an ever-increasing proportion of the profits of private banks has been generated by financial activities far beyond mere borrowing and lending of money. Commercial banks generate their profits through the endogenous creation of credit and through the trading of foreign exchange and, in particular, securities and derivatives. ...

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PhiloFiction

25 Thesis about Time

30 Sep , 2019  

1) Economic quantities can also be changed in time precisely because money, as a so-called transcendental signifier for capital, possesses the quality of a pure quantity, with which money is released from current barter exchanges and thus as a monetary sign the time accumulated in the commodity is settled, which ...

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EconoFiction

Neoliberal Capitalism: Living and Thinking Like Pigs

29 Sep , 2019  

The title is borrowed from Gilles Châtelet’s book To Live and Think Like Pigs: The Incitement of Envy and Boredom in Market Democracies. What maxim does Châtelet refer to in his book that demands another life instead of a pig’s life? The answer is simple: Always unfold a ...

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EconoFiction

Finance and Reproduction of Capital

28 Sep , 2019  

Here we examine the ratio of financial capital (finance) to the reproduction of capital. In Section A, we clarify the concept of extended reproduction with particular reference to the concept of circulation. Section B deals mainly with the previously neglected relationship between finance and capitalist production. In a further section, ...

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EconoFiction

Is there any machine added surplus value?

26 Sep , 2019  

Not the problem of the transfer of the value or the reproduction of the value share of the fixed capital, which Marazzi described in his essay The Amortization of the Body Machine (Marazzi 2012: 35ff.) (according to which the constant capital is produced twice through the operation of transmission), the ...

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EconoFiction, PhiloFiction

Laruelle and Capital

25 Sep , 2019  

Each statement of non-Marxism aims at a double methodization, either as axiom or as theorem, the latter remaining entirely related to the Marxist material, which is always different symptomatologies. The specific operations of non-Marxism should also produce new theoretical objects, be they specified circumstances or concepts such as “non-proletariat” or ...

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Documentation

The miraculous credit creation of private banks

25 Sep , 2019  

As early as 400 years ago, English goldsmiths began to create paper money by administering their customers’ gold coins and issuing a kind of certificate on them (indicating the amount of gold they had stored) and then lending it as quasi-money, without any further savings being made. Since it rarely ...

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EconoFiction

Capital and Total Capital: The Quasi-Transcendental and the Actualisation- Virtualization Interconnection

24 Sep , 2019  

For a further explanation of the concept of capital we refer to the French philosopher François Laruelle, who in his conception of non-philosophy, when he speaks of “unilateral duality”, first generally assumes that two or more terms and their relations are always determined by one term. This is the principle ...

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EconoFiction

Gilbert Simondon, High Frequency Trading and Ecotechnology

23 Sep , 2019  

If one follows the theory about technical objects as developed by the French theorist Gilbert Simondon (Simondon 2012), and then the statements of Frédéric Neyrat in the anthology Die technologische Bedingung (Hörl 2011), the task for today’s hypertechnized societies is to fundamentally rethink the identity of nature and technology (there ...

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EconoFiction

24/7 Capital

22 Sep , 2019  

The rhythms of life, the ups and downs of nature and everyday life must disappear in this world; for the weakness and inadequacy of human time, its diffuse and intertwined structures”, writes Jonathan Cray, “there is no place left in the present global digital 24-7 system. The 24/7 mode has ...

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EconoFiction

Fossiles Kapital (1)

18 Sep , 2019  

Im Jahr 2012 waren die globalen CO2 Emissionen um 58% höher als im Jahr 1990. Dies hatte unter anderem zur Folge, dass die Wirbelstürme aufgrund höherer Temperaturen in den Einzugsgebieten von Ozeanen stärker wurden und die arktischen Ökosysteme eine Reihe von Tipping Points erreichten. Die Grenze, bei dem die Eisdecke ...

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Mashines

Marx and the Machine

17 Sep , 2019  

With the reference to the phylogeny of machines, which ranges from complex tools to machines driven by motors to automatons, Marx always combines a genealogy of technology shaped by capital and thus clearly sets himself apart from a transhistorical theory of the evolution of technology. Marx writes: “Work is organized ...

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PhiloFiction

Laruelle: The One, The Real

14 Sep , 2019  

Laruelle tries to liberate the real and the one – terms he mostly uses as synonyms – from any determination by philosophical being. If the One is not a synonym for being, it cannot be realized in it either. The One should also not be equated with existence, it is ...

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EconoFiction

Deleuze/Guattari and quantum finance

13 Sep , 2019  

Deleuze/Guattari invite us to apply at least three models of thought to the theoretical analysis of economics, by tracing the image of the current that, in their view, articulates each model. It is only the third, the molecular-performative model, that correctly stages the force of thought. (Laruelle contrasts the concept ...

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PhiloFiction

Laruelle, the myths of and about Marxism

11 Sep , 2019  

Marx has often spoken of the dwarfish and narrow-minded idea of the German petty bourgeois. Without a doubt, this also applies today to the remaining stocks of German left-wing academics and their Marx reading, as one could see again on the occasion of this year’s Marx Party. There is swaggering, ...

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