Post by: Joshua Clover

NonPolitics

Voting for the End of the World

22 Okt , 2018  

Collective nihilism is no better than the lonelier forms of despair.

The revulsion is perhaps a version of the “uncanny valley,” that experience of disturbing familiarity when a simulacrum of a person comes close to impersonating human behavior, so close that its true inhumanity is suddenly illuminated. It’s like that ...

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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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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

Crisis

19 Jul , 2018  

While the three volumes of Capital as well as the Grundrisse refer explicitly to crisis on various occasions, these often promise a later systematic treatment which never arrives. Marx’s own 1857 plan, not simply unfinished but abandoned, proposed six volumes for Capital, with the final installment being the Book on ...

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Necropolitics

FANON: ABSORPTION AND COLONIALITY

10 Jul , 2018  

Fanon’s significance to the present moment seems to me to hinge in large part on his identification of the lumpenproletariat as revolutionary subject, an identification that was anathema then (and largely remains so now) to traditional Marxism. Surely all remember Marx’s magnificent litany in the Eighteenth Brumaire of “vagabonds, discharged ...

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EconoFiction, Lexicon

Subsumption and Crisis

9 Jul , 2018  

Though it has various senses in general usage,  subsumption  is a term of art within Marx’s critical political economy. It is sub-divided into  formal subsumption and  real subsumption . These designate changes to the production process during the transition to, and ongoing development of capitalism. These changes in aggregate may
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Documentation, NonPolitics

Final Remarks ( The Crisis and the Rift: A Symposium on Joshua Clover’s Riot.Strike.Riot)

21 Apr , 2018  

Interlude on the Model

It is here that we might arrive at what I believe to be the most significant generic distinction regarding what kind of book it is. It is a book that makes models. A model always involves radical exclusions, always involves the economist’s most vexing incantation: ceteris

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