Post by: Craig Hickman

Necropolitics

Bataille’s Gift: Wealth, Toxicity, and Apocalypse

6 Okt , 2017  

Is the general determination of energy circulating in the biosphere altered by man’s activity? Or rather, isn’t the latter’s intention vitiated by a determination of which it is ignorant, which it overlooks and cannot change?

—Georges Bataille, The Accursed Share

Bataille’s underlying understanding of the checks and balances in the ...

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Biopolitics, Necropolitics

The Future of Decision: Governance, Algorithms, and Cognitive Bias

14 Sep , 2017  

Berardi makes a valid point in his critique of Srnicek and Williams Inventing the Future:

“Srnicek and Williams suggest that we should ‘demand full automation, demand universal basic income, demand reduction of the work week’. But they do not explain who the recipient is of these demands. Is there any ...

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Necropolitics

Rage

10 Sep , 2017  

Rage without utopian prospects of real change is like living in a favela on the edge of Pandemonium waiting for the rebellion to begin, no matter what you do you are still trapped in a sub-basement of Hell with no prospects of escape. Rage is useless when there are no ...

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Lexicon, Mashines

Smart Cities and Dark Neoliberalism

4 Aug , 2017  

As I was reading an article on the supposed hidden ideology underlying the rise of the Smart City on e-flux blog: The hidden ideology behind the “smart city”  I kept thinking to myself:

Look at New York City for a model of the coming Smart City as total ubiquitous control, ...

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EconoFiction, Necropolitics

The Governance of the World

1 Aug , 2017  

The hyper-industrial state of fact takes what Deleuze called control societies, founded on modulation by the mass media, into the stage of hyper-control. The latter is generated by self-produced personal data, collected and published by people themselves – whether knowingly or otherwise – and this data is then exploited by ...

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Necropolitics

Let Death Come Quickly

16 Jul , 2017  

From a series of tweets – A Dark Pessimist vs. an ultra-Optimist (A Daily Rant – BEWARE!):

We worry over Trump while the planet burns… is this not madness?

Humanity is a transitional thing… who wants to stay its execution. The guillotine is readying itself whether we will or no. ...

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EconoFiction, PhiloFiction

Compositional Mutations: Nick Land and Libidinal Materialism

15 Jul , 2017  

With the  libidinal reformulation of being as composition ‘one acquires degrees of being, one loses  that which  has being’.

– Nick Land, A Thirst for Annihilation

Tracing Nietzsche’s libidinal energetics Nick Land would see four major thrusts: 1) a concerted questioning of the logicomathematical conception of the same, equal,  or ...

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Mashines

The Magical Universe: Gilbert Simondon and Technicity

27 Jun , 2017  

The old idea that man invented tools is … a misleading half-truth; it would be more accurate to say that tools invented man.

—Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future

Long ago in that pre-history of the hominid ancestral narrative an ape picked up a pointed stick realizing for the ...

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Necropolitics

The Suicidal Civilization: Technopessimism and the Coming Collapse

8 Jun , 2017  

…suicide is the decisive political act of our times.
― Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Precarious Rhapsody
It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.
― Emile Cioran, The Trouble with being Born

Base materialism begins in the tomb, a world of death that ...

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Mashines, PhiloFiction

Deleuze/Guattari: ‘Stop the World!’

31 Mai , 2017  

One of the things of profound interest in Castaneda’s books, under the influence of drugs, or other things, and of a change of atmosphere, is precisely that they show how the Indian manages to combat the mechanisms of interpretation and instill in the disciple a presignifying semiotic, or even an ...

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PhiloFiction

The Seduction of the Real

17 Mai , 2017  

“…images precede the Real.” —Jean Baudrillard

Child of Kant, and of all those for whom the Real is illusion and delusion, delirium and the panic ridden world of impulse and evil, Baudrillard would return us to that ancient world of Pyrrho and Gnosticism, skepticism and dualism. As he’d say ...

Mashines

The War Against Humanity: Technology, Capital, Apocalypse

11 Mai , 2017  

In Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844 Karl Marx would ask: (1) What in the evolution of mankind is the meaning of this reduction of the greater part of mankind to abstract labor? (2) What are the mistakes committed by the piecemeal reformers, who either want to raise wages and ...

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Necropolitics

Günther Anders: Prometheanism in an Age of Accelerated Possibilities

28 Apr , 2017  

I will provisionally call it ‘Promethean shame’ for myself. I understand this to mean the ‘shame when confronted by the “humiliatingly” high quality of fabricated things (selbstgemachten Dinge).’

—Diary entry, Günther Anders

Technics and Technology have been a force in human existence from the beginning, a notion Günther Anders reminds ...

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EconoFiction

Accelerating Capital: Completed Nihilism and The Indebted Man

25 Apr , 2017  

In his book Data Trash (1993), Arthur Kroker writes that in the field of digital acceleration, more information means less meaning, because meaning slows info circulation. In the sphere of the digital economy, the faster information circulates, the faster value is accumulated. But meaning slows down this process, as meaning ...

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Necropolitics

The Governance of the World

5 Mrz , 2017  

The hyper-industrial state of fact takes what Deleuze called control societies, founded on modulation by the mass media, into the stage of hyper-control. The latter is generated by self-produced personal data, collected and published by people themselves – whether knowingly or otherwise – and this data is then exploited by ...

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