Post by: Benjamin Noys

NonPolitics

Review of Blanchot’s Political Writings

15 Feb , 2018  

Tis review considers the collection Political Writings, 1953–1993 by Maurice Blanchot as ameans to assess the relatively little-known political odyssey of this writer and theorist. Noting theabsence of his earlier  right-wing political texts from the 1930s in this collection, it attempts to probe Blanchot’s idiosyncratic ‘ultra-left’ turn represented in ...

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NonPolitics

The Bad-Enough State

29 Jan , 2018  

 

I was asked to consider the question of ‘the withering away of the state’. Engels first coined the phrase, as you know, in his Anti-Durhing. Engels writes:

The interference of the state power in social relations becomes superfluous in one sphere after another, and then ceases of itself. ...

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Biopolitics

The End of the Monarchy of Sex’: Sexuality and Contemporary Nihilism

2 Aug , 2017  

Abstract:

The hegemonic form of contemporary queer theory is dependent on a model of desire as autonomous and deregulated, derived from post ’68 French theory and particularly the work of Michel Foucault. Such a model is at risk of finding itself in congruence with a deregulated post-Fordist capitalism that recuperates

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NonMusic

Dead Detroit Lies Dreaming: Techno (Anti-) Accelerationism

24 Mai , 2017  

Detroit may not be dead, but the corpse has already been consumed. Detroit is the site for symmetrical fantasies of dystopian social collapse and urban disintegration, on the one hand, and utopian urban gardening and the ‘greening’ of post-Fordism, on the other. It forms a type of national sacrifice zone ...

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NonPolitics

Futures of Accelerationism

21 Okt , 2016  

FASTER/SLOWER/FUTURE

The Road to Post-Capitalism

Kaaitheater, Brussels, Belgium

22-23 October, 2016

Introduction

The Terminator is, after all, by now probably the most clichéd image for accelerationism and the debate over accelerationism. So, partly due to nostalgia, partly to perversity, I am going to return to it one more time. In ...

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PhiloFiction

Time’s Carcass: De-Fetishising Toxic Time

1 Jun , 2016  

Time is everything, man is nothing; he is, at the most, time’s carcass. Quality no longer matters.
Marx, The Poverty of Philosophy (1847)1

Corium is the most toxic substance known to humans. It is formed during a nuclear reactor meltdown and is a lava-like substance consisting of nuclear fuel, fission ...

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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

The Bad New: A Maxim and Twelve Theses for the Present Moment

31 Mai , 2016  

25 August. A Brechtian maxim: “Don’t start from the good old things but the bad new ones.”
Walter Benjamin, Conversations with Brecht

1. Time has been thought on the model of rescuing a “good” time from a “bad” time, of extracting, releasing, finding or constructing a “better” form of time ...

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Documentation, NonMusic

Days of Phuture Past: Capitalism, Time, and Acceleration

9 Feb , 2016  

 
 Our relation to capitalism is a relation to time. The extraction of surplus-value robs us of time and, as capitalism penetrates deeper into our lives, more of our time is spent generating value or recovering from that generation. Marx (1973, 173) remarks in the Grundrisse that: “Economy of time, to ...

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Necropolitics, PhiloFiction

Hating Theory

9 Sep , 2015  

I decided to take Geoff Dyer’s Out of Sheer Rage, his book on not writing a book on D. H. Lawrence, to read on the plane on our package holiday to Sicily. It had been recommended by a colleague years ago and originally published in 1997, it has been reissued ...

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