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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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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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The Climate Industrial Complex

16 Nov , 2019  

30 years ago, there were 15 border walls around the world; now there are 70 walls and over 1 billion national and international migrants. International migrants alone may even double in the next 40 years due to global warming. Our new epoch of global flux has also given rise to ...

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Paranoia Machines of the State

13 Okt , 2019  

One should insist that paranoia is the mass psychological fuel of neo-fascist and right-wing populist movements. Today they have chosen the vulnerable foreigners as their suitable enemy object. And to anticipate it right away, the paranoia of right-wing populists and that of the state reinforce each other. But the paranoia ...

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Fossiles Kapital (2)

4 Okt , 2019  

Andreas Malm übersetzt die Marx`sche These von der steigenden organischen Zusammensetzung des Kapitals (die Rate zwischen toter und lebendiger Arbeit) in eine ansteigende fossile Zusammensetzung des Kapitals. Über eine längere Zeitperiode hinweg lässt sich die Tendenz das Kapitals, den Anteil menschlicher Arbeit gegenüber dem der Maschinen zu reduzieren, in das ...

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Something in the Air and On the Road: Carbon Emission and Our Nation’s Largest Source of CO2

23 Sep , 2019  

When talking about the environment and climate change, the conversation will inevitably turn to carbon. Often tossed into that discussion are things like emissions or your carbon footprint.

But what do these terms really mean? Not just for us, but future generations? And do they, or what producing them really ...

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Mapping the Elements / o=c=o

29 Aug , 2019  

Um 1620 beobachtet der Mediziner, Theologe und Naturforscher Johan Baptist van Helmont in Vilvoorde/ Brüssel luftartige Substanzen. Er nennt Gaz, was vor seinen Augen aus dem Chaos in seinem Labor entsteht.

Nun war Helmont das Gegenteil eines unordentlichen Menschen. In frühen Experimenten, die bereits den Übergang der Alchemie in die ...

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Marxismus und Künstliche Intelligenz

25 Aug , 2019  

Das Autorenteam Dyer-Whiteford, Kjösen, Steinhoff hat mit Inhuman Power ein verdienstvolles Buch zur AI (Artificial Intelligence; AI) aus marxistischer Sicht vorgelegt. AI definieren die Autoren als die Fähigkeit in einem bestimmten Zeitraum mittels Software angemessene Verallgemeinerungen auf Grundlage von limitierten Daten zu machen. Je weiter der Spielraum für die Applikationen ...

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Cheap Food and Bad Climate: From Surplus Value to Negative Value in the Capitalist World-Ecology

24 Aug , 2019  

ABSTRACT
Capitalism, understood as a world-ecology that joins accumulation, power, and nature in dialectical unity, has been adept at evading so-called Malthusian dynamics through an astonishing historical capacity to produce, locate, and occupy cheap natures external to the system. In recent decades, the last frontiers have closed, and this astonishing ...

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VALUE, NATURE, AND THE VORTEX OF ACCUMULATION

11 Aug , 2019  

Introduction


Of all the domains of Marxian political economy, nature is by far the most vexing. Is nature an economic input as in the notion of natural resources; is it the object of labour in the process of production; or is it something broader, as in the idea of land ...

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General Formula for the Digital and the Analog

21 Feb , 2019  

Euclid is remembered as a geometer, when he is remembered at all. But Euclid’s Elements was an omnibus compendium of all mathematical knowledge known to him at the time, beginning with the first mathematics, geometry, then addressing ratio and proportion–that is, logos and analogos–and ultimately arithmetic, irrationality, and other ...

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Marxismus – Material und Problem

14 Feb , 2019  

»Man erzittert vor der Hypothese, daß, begünstigt durch eine jener Metamorphosen, von denen Marx so oft gesprochen hat […], ein neuer ›Marxismus‹ nicht mehr die Gestalt haben könnte, unter der man ihn zu identifizieren und in die Flucht zu schlagen man sich gewöhnt hatte. Vielleicht hat man nicht mehr Angst ...

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Kinopolitics: Borders in Motion

1 Feb , 2019  

Movement is a common feature of all posthuman systems. In contrast to
essences, forms and structures, which are defined by stasis, immutability,
fixity and anthropocentrism, kinetic systems are defined by their flux,
mobility and circulation. Kinetic systems are not just ‘open’ or ‘closed’ at
their limits but the whole system ...

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Theory of the Border

31 Jan , 2019  

Border circuit: (1) Migrants cross the border. But the border is a junction, a vehicle of harnessed flows. The border acts as a sieve or filter since it allows capital and the global elite to move freely, but, like a yoke, catches the global poor. (2) A flow of migrants ...

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‘June, 1972 & A chief who does not command:’ Clastres/Deleuze/Guattari

30 Jan , 2019  

(part I of an on going research project on political anthropology, D&G, Clastres, etc.)

“Primitive society has always been considered a place of absolute difference in relation to western society, a strange and unthinkable space of absence – absence of all that constitutes the observers’ socio-cultural universe: a world without ...

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So ist die Demokratie das Wesen aller Staatsverfassung (Karl Marx)

29 Jan , 2019  

Auch in dieser Frage machte Marx keinerlei Zugeständnisse. Und es waren Deleuze/Guattari, die aufgrund vielfältiger historischer Erfahrungen, von denen Marx nichts wissen konnte, ins gleiche Horn bliesen und dessen Ansatz noch verschärften. Deleuze und Guattari verhöhnen geradezu die Demokratie, die den Vertrag, den Konsens und die Kommunikation und damit ständig ...

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Wandering Abstraction

20 Jan , 2019  

… Since the ‘we’ is constituted by the class relation, the self-overcoming of the ‘we’ is the overcoming of the relation that constitutes it. This is certainly theoretically uncompromising (and admirable because of it). But it is also paradoxical, and its paradoxical character exacerbates its status as a claim that ...

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MORE WORLD

14 Jan , 2019  

Join Berliner Gazette’s 20th anniversary initiative on communal tools for planetary challenges! #climate change #migration #digitalization

Climate change, migration and digitalization: these are the greatest challenges in the current phase of globalization. How can we meet them? In its 20th year, the Berliner Gazette, under the motto MORE WORLD, is ...

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Alien Capital Redux

12 Jan , 2019  

There’s some fascinating comments by Louis Armand in an essay featured in Alienist #4 that deal with Primož Krašovec’s ‘Alien Capital’:

This Alien metaphor can be taken a step further, in that it exceeds the notion of simply an economic or social prosthesis – an addition to the world of ...

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Notiz zum staatlichen Gewaltmonopol

8 Jan , 2019  

Wie gut geölte Leierkästen predigen Politiker, dass Gewalt kein Mittel der politischen Auseinandersetzung sein dürfe. Dabei beruht ihre Position in letzter Instanz in nichts anderem als Gewalt, die der Staat sich in langwierigen historischen Prozessen angeeignet hat, vielmehr mehr noch, er ist mit ihr entstanden.

Der kapitalistische Staat eignet sich ...

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Die Hyper-Völle der Fake News

28 Dez , 2018  

Der kapitalistischen Kulturindustrie sei die Fälschung per se eigen, so Guy Debord, der zudem schrieb, dass in der wirklich verkehrten Welt das Wahre ein Moment des Falschen sei. Selbst Kunstwerke seien nichts weiter als Symbole der falschen Kultur. Oft versuchte man mit dieser Position im Kontext einer Durchschauenskonstellation hinter das ...

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Egocracy (Howard Rouse / Sonia Arribas) oder Kapitalmacht? Zu Lacans Kapitalistischem Diskurs

2 Dez , 2018  

 

…quelque chose de follement astucieux, hein?
J. Lacan, Mailand 12.5.1972

Es gibt zum Kapitalistischen Diskurs von Lacan mehr Literatur als man denkt. Allerdings, verglichen mit dem französisch-, vor allem aber englischsprachigen gibt es im deutschsprachigen Raum nur wenige Titel. Unter den ca. 30 Titeln insgesamt, die uns bekannt sind, gibt ...

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The Hooks Beneath the Bait / Entrapment and Escape in Althusser and Art

27 Nov , 2018  

Francois Matheron has suggested that the difficulty, if not the impossibility, of providing a comprehensive assessment to the work of Louis Althusser results from the ‘generalized uncertainty’ of an oeuvre constructed in the “dimension of catastrophe” and designed by its author to be “forever destroying itself”. This paper allows itself ...

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