Post by: Max Haiven


The Crypt of Art, the Decryption of Money, the Encrypted Common and the Problem with Cryptocurrencies

23 Jan , 2018  

 As I have argued in the first Moneylab Reader, money is a medium of the imagination. While it is often presumed to be a banal and basic substance marked by its fungibility, ease of use, widespread acceptance and legal status, money also has a dramatic impact on what and who

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Necropolitics, NonPolitics

Towards a materialist theory of revenge: The lives of Witches

21 Aug , 2017  

… How else can we respond to a ruling class and a system of global capitalism that has led to the completely unnecessary deaths of  millions upon millions of poor, overwhelmingly  non-white people from starvation, lack of potable water or easily preventable disease? How else can we behave towards the ...

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EconoFiction, NonPolitics

On borders, financialization, movement and the imagination

30 Jun , 2016  


We do not imagine in stasis. Consider the infant’s first steps: they are not merely some physiological twitch or automatic reaction, they depend on the ability of the infant to recall the past, consider potential futures, and coordinate that imagining with the body in movement. This is a neurological ...

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Finance Depends on Resistance, Finance is Resistance, and Anyway, Resistance is Futile

26 Jun , 2016  

Occupy Wall Street and the dawning of worldwide anti-austerity movements have occasioned a consideration of the economic and political power of financial speculation and raised the question of how it might be resisted. This essay argues hat the ideas of both “finance” and “resistance,” while convenient, demand deeper reflection. Specifically, ...

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