Post by: Achim Szepanski

PhiloFiction

What is determination in the last instance? (20 points)

9 Dez , 2019  

1) For Laruelle, philosophy always revolves around dualities or differences, being – other, theory – practice, ontic-ontological, etc.

2) Laruelle leaves this terrain to fully invest his thinking power in the solutions of the One’s problem, or more precisely to develop an irreversible thinking in one or according to the ...

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EconoFiction

The Time Modalities of Capital and Postone’s Misinterpretation

7 Dez , 2019  

One should by no means identify the abstract time of capital with a linear and homogeneous order of time, in which, in a continuous flow of time running ahead on the time stream, each time stage simultaneously excludes the other (past – present – future), ergo with a linear time, ...

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NonMusic

Ultrablack of Music – Book & Compilation (Out in February 2020 on Mille Plateaux/Non)

6 Dez , 2019  

Frédéric Neyrat Spectral Composition: on Spectral Music, Drone Metal, and Electronic Music

Frédéric Neyrat The Messianic Messing-Up

Achim Szepanski Ultrablack of Music

Holger Schulze Sonic Thanaticism. A Sensology of The Sonic Capital

Algorithmic Committee The Scream and the Sound of the Flesh

Marcus Schmickler&Julian Rohrhuber Politics of Frequency

Stefan Paulus ...

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EconoFiction

On the question of real estate Speculation (1)

6 Dez , 2019  

Today, on the one hand, we are seeing rising rents and the infamous gentrification, vertical housing construction and expensive condominiums in the centres of large cities, monstrous large-scale projects and massive urbanization processes in the emerging countries and peripheries, and on the other hand, the increase in urban poverty, vacancies ...

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GenericScience

Remarks on “How Noise Matters to Finance”

4 Dez , 2019  

In his book How Noise Matters to Finance, which is well worth reading, Knouf points first and foremost to traditional ideas about the stock market, such as the control of the market by the famous invisible hand, the dreams of balance, transparency, explainable price movements and correct prices, All in ...

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EconoFiction

How Marxism today has to read Capital and how it has to analyze the current capital relations.

3 Dez , 2019  

Even for Marx, an important consequence of extracting added value in the production of goods is that the added value is transformed into what we now call an asset. In this context, the asset is a means of preserving added value on the one hand and of accumulating it on ...

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EconoFiction

The Marxist concept of capital

29 Nov , 2019  

Dirk Baecker writes in a current article: “Capital too must not be thought in singular terms, but in plural terms”. If he then immediately jumps to the competition, he follows a trail without being able to represent and explain connections. The miracle formula is called: Singular=Plural. We will show that ...

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Documentation

>>Today, the surplus population is vegetating on the line between survival and liquidation.<<

28 Nov , 2019  

Interview with Autonomie Magazin and Achim Szepanski

Achim, you published three books in 2018 alone. The Introduction to Economics “Capital and Power in the 21st Century”, a book with three essays on “Imperialism, State Fascisation and the War Machines of Capital” and, together with Karl-Heinz Dellwo and J. Paul Weiler, ...

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EconoFiction

The esoteric Marx: relative surplus value, capital, finance

26 Nov , 2019  

Marx has assigned the financial instruments exclusively to the sphere of circulation and analysed their function separately from the functioning of the technologies or physical means of production, which preserve the past wealth and at the same time enable a future demand for goods produced. In Marx’s case, when it ...

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EconoFiction

Global Order and Imperialism

24 Nov , 2019  

The fact that struggles for reproductive conditions or circulation struggles are increasing again worldwide at the moment is no coincidence. In France in particular, they are increasing in intensity from week to week with the Yellow West. The shifts are easy to understand there, the radicalism of the Riots, the ...

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GenericScience

On the question of the general purpose of the state (Poulantzas, Paschukanis, Vogl, etc.)

22 Nov , 2019  

In modern international law, territory, state power and population are generally regarded as important components of the sovereign nation-state. In the Marxist theoretical tradition inspired by structuralism, Nicos Poulantzas, following and in contrast to Louis Althusser’s analyses of the ideological state apparatuses (Althusser 1977), described the state somewhat more elaborately ...

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EconoFiction, NonPolitics

World Riots – Ein neuer Zyklus der Kämpfe (2)

20 Nov , 2019  

Auch wenn man jeden einzelnen Aufstand auf die eigene politische Dynamik untersuchen muss, so antworten die Aufstände doch fast ausnahmslos auf die globale Krise von 2008. Während Mexiko, Zentralamerika und die Karibik aufgrund ihrer Integration in den US-Markt direkt von der Krise betroffen waren, trat die Krise in Südamerika mit ...

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EconoFiction

Marx and Credit

17 Nov , 2019  

As a pure form of the “alienation of the capital relationship”, as Marx writes, money and capital markets emerge, which today confirm day by day that credit money, government bonds and synthetic securities as fictitious or speculative capital determine the economy in the last instance. And when Vilém Flusser writes ...

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Mashines

Baudrillard: When human rights and democracy began to circulate like oil and capital

15 Nov , 2019  

In his current essay “Europa Fata Morgana” Georg Seeßlen speaks of post-democracy as a permanent state of emergency, in which the multiple crises (war against terror, financial crisis, Greek crisis, refugee crisis, etc.) fulfilled the function of maintaining it. Seeßlen writes: “The state of emergency can only be maintained if ...

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EconoFiction

Imperialism and World Market

13 Nov , 2019  

While there are important parallels between the national market and the world market, the latter is not simply a subcategory of the latter. A more detailed analysis of the world market reveals that it is more than just the aggregation of states and enterprises, namely a complex structure, a chain ...

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EconoFiction

The miraculous Credit Creation of Private Banks

12 Nov , 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

The capital – from the nihilistic operator to the suicidal fascist

11 Nov , 2019  

Lyotard writes that capital is a pseudo-organism that is not even able to formulate a discourse that establishes its own truth, since it has no metaphysics to explain and justify its existence. The statement made by the Invisible Committee that we live in a world without justification has been true ...

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NonMusic

How to create with and against Nietzsche a music box for blackness that is no longer a prelude to a deeper – more powerful – perhaps more evil – and more mysterious music, but the music itself: a non-music or a music utopia.

10 Nov , 2019  

A) Nietzsche and the music

Nietzsche’s work Die Geburt der Tragödie deals in depth with music. The book explains that the tragedy originated in the dithyrambos, where lyric poetry was danced and entered into the drama in which music was given the task of tuning the soul into the tragedy ...

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Mashines

The radical indifference of Facebook & Co is deeply inscribed in capital

9 Nov , 2019  

In her book Das Zeitalter des Überwachungskapitalismus Shosana Zuboff describes Facebook & Co as the masters of radical indifference. A new accumulation logic emerges in which the surveillance capital extracts human behavior and its seemingly useless surpluses, that is, absorbs data combined with other data to feed intelligent machines and ...

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EconoFiction, NonPolitics

WORLD RIOTS – A NEW CYCLE OF FIGHTING (1)

8 Nov , 2019  

There are decades when nothing happens. And there are weeks in which decades happen.”
​Lenin ​Be it France, Hong Kong, Ecuador, Haiti, Egypt, Algeria, Lebanon, Iraq, Catalonia or Chile – the uprisings mark the beginning of a new cycle of struggles.

The current Riots open up a political ...

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EconoFiction, NonPolitics

World Riots – Ein neuer Zyklus der Kämpfe (1)

7 Nov , 2019  

“Es gibt Dekaden, in denen nichts passiert. Und es gibt Wochen, in denen sich Dekaden abspielen.” Lenin

Sei es Frankreich, Hongkong, Ecuador, Haiti, Ägypten, Algerien, Libanon, Irak, Katalonien oder Chile – die Aufstände markieren den Beginn eines neuen Zyklus von Kämpfen.

Die derzeitigen Riots eröffnen eine politische Situation mit polaren ...

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EconoFiction

Kojin Karatani and the Historotranscendental Logic of Capital

7 Nov , 2019  

If one wants to follow the Japanese philosopher Kojin Karatani, Marx has posed the problem of the value form and value in the course of the theoretical treatment of the antinomy of intrinsic value and value relativism. (Cf. Karatani 2003) For Marx, this problem presented itself as follows with regard ...

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PhiloFiction

Althusser and the “Problem” in Philosophy

6 Nov , 2019  

Deleuze’s philosophy of virtuality has simply put the non-creationist construction of problems, concepts and their relations before interpretation. Similarly, Althusser has formulated this in several passages of Das Kapital Lesen 1 when he writes that the production of a problem constellation and the concepts unfolding it is to be understood ...

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