EconoFiction

Crisis and Sequels: capitalism and the new economic turmoil since 2007

13 Sep , 2017  

Like every crisis, 2008’s surprised. Some of us failed to see how turmoil originating in finance, and apparently in a limited area of finance to do with the US housing market, could have such great impact on factories and offices which were not booming, but still jogging along with tidy ...

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Documentation, EconoFiction

Ernest Mandel’s contribution to Economic Dynamics

12 Sep , 2017  

Ernest Mandel’s contribution to  Marxist economic theory, made in the late sixties and early seventies, was in its time without equal. He rescued from oblivion the most central concept available to us today in explaining the dynamics of uneven development and crisis  – Marx’s concept of surplus profit. By analysing ...

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NonPolitics

Guattari & Italy’s “Hot Autumn”

11 Sep , 2017  

Guattari was dreaming of building a federation of regional protest movements, which could open up secondary fronts and weaken the Nation-State. Despite his extensive network of contacts, he never managed to realize this perilous project, which was located on the cusp between democratic combat and terrorist action […] Guattari became ...

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Lexicon, Necropolitics

Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Frieden

11 Sep , 2017  

Wenn die Atombomben gezündet werden, sind wir tot. Mit den Gegnern der Nachrüstung und der Neutronenbombe aber müssen wir leben. Wenn die Bombe gefallen ist, leidet niemand mehr. Wir leiden – im Atomzeitalter eilen die Kriegsfolgen dem Krieg voraus – an ihren vorweggenommenen politischen Folgeschäden. Danach soll es angeblich singende ...

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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

INTRODUCTION TO NON-MARXISM

10 Sep , 2017  

Marxism may have “lacked” the Real and tied its fate to the history-world. It may have consequently lacked the theory according-to-the-Real of this history-world. These are not just some “observations,” but a new style of theoretical hypotheses. They assume a “program” as much as they imply that program.
Compared to ...

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EconoFiction

Cryptocurrency and Efficient Market Hypothesis. Drunken Risibility.

10 Sep , 2017  

According to the traditional definition, a currency has three main properties: (i) it serves as a medium of exchange, (ii) it is used as a unit of account and (iii) it allows to store value. Along economic history, monies were related to political power. In the beginning, coins were minted

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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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EconoFiction

Home Too much production: Postone’s new interpretation of Marx’s theory provides a categorical critique with deficits

9 Sep , 2017  

Moishe Postone has produced a weighty work on central, categorical questions of Marx’s critique of economy. It is in no way a merely academic exercise. The vanishing point of even his most abstract considerations is the question of how to analyze contemporary changes in capitalism.

Postone’s critique is directed in ...

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EconoFiction

The Scourge of Ratings Agencies

8 Sep , 2017  

This is from the archives written over two days in August and September this year and meant as part of the weekly digest for PFPAC (FB).
 Some days back, a friend, asked a question on Ratings Agencies (RAs hereafter), and if there is anything viable or subsequently pliable of these? ...

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NonPolitics

Postdemokratie, Neoliberalismus und ziviler Ungehorsam

7 Sep , 2017  

Markus Metz / Georg Seeßlen: Bürger erhebt Euch! – Postdemokratie, Neoliberalismus und ziviler Ungehorsam

Dass sich im Übergang von parlamentarischer Demokratie zur medialisierten Postdemokratie und vom Kapitalismus der Realwirtschaft zum neoliberalen Finanzkapitalismus und vor allem in der Komplizenschaft beider Protagonisten ein Weg zu einer unmenschlichen Gesellschaft auftut, haben mittlerweile nicht ...

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EconoFiction

Facebook’s Advertising Machine

7 Sep , 2017  

When Mark Zuckerberg is interviewed, the founder of Facebook can barely put a sentence together without using the word ‘connect’. This looks like a case of Tourette’s syndrome that spouts business buzz words not curses. But it is based on his understanding of the source of his company’s revenues and ...

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NonPolitics

Jenseits von Interesse & Identität / Einleitung

7 Sep , 2017  

Eribon-Debatte in Deutschland, Brexit-Referendum in Großbritannien, Präsidentschaftswahl in Frankreich, G20-Gipfel in Hamburg: Die »soziale Frage« oder gar die »Klassenfrage« sei wieder da, sagen viele linke Politiker*innen. Und die Antwort kommt prompt: Ein Hoch auf den guten alten Wohlfahrtsstaat und nieder mit der »Identitätspolitik«! Sandro Mezzadra und Mario Neumann gehen in ...

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Mashines

Hans-Dieter Bahr und der Umgang mit Maschinen

6 Sep , 2017  

Im Zuge der industriellen Nutzung der Elektrizität, des Entstehens neuer Nachrichten- und Verkehrstechniken und -wege (inklusive ihrer teilweisen Verstaatlichung) beginnt gegen Ende des 19.Jahrhunderts der schleichende Prozess der Auflösung der klassischen Maschinerie des Industriezeitalters oder zumindest deren Integration in neue Zusammenhänge. Es findet eine Erweiterung der Verkehrs- und Transportwege aufgrund ...

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Lexicon, Mashines

The Concept of a ‘First Technology’

5 Sep , 2017  

Laruelle, François. “Le concept d’une ‘technologie première’” in Gilbert Simondon: une pensée de l’individituation et la technique. Paris: Albin Michel, 1994. 206-219.

The Concept of a “First Technology”

François Laruelle

A “Unified Theory” of Technics and Technology

In order to define the object of which we speak and to ...

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NonPolitics

God Only Knows What Devils We Are: An Apopologia for the Black Bloc from the Community of those who do not have a Community.

4 Sep , 2017  

What they find so disturbing about the black bloc—the contagion of an anonymous collective force—is precisely why and how it continues to outlive every social movement from which it emerges. These generations—we who fantasized about Columbine and now only know metal detectors at school; we who expected September 11 and ...

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