EconoFiction

Logistics, Counterlogistics and the Communist Prospect

23 Aug , 2018  

In this latter sense, logistics indexes the subordination of production to the conditions of circulation, the becoming-hegemonic of those aspects of the production process that involve circulation. In the idealised world-picture of logistics, manufacture is merely one moment in a continuous, Heraclitean flux; the factory dissolves into planetary flows, chopped ...

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NonMusic

Mille Plateaux – Ultrablackness of Music

21 Aug , 2018  

Project for book & compilation: Ultrablackness of Music

When we look back it seems that Mille Plateaux was always dark. We never confirmed techno-utopism, accelerationism or Eshuns afrofuturism. Rhythm, not speed was the term. As we wrote: »If Rhythm is distinct from metrics, we enter the field of non-frequency politics, ...

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EconoFiction, Necropolitics

Weltmarkt, Governance und Staatsparanoia

20 Aug , 2018  

In einem Text aus dem Jahr 1973, der im Kursbuch erschien, hat der Soziologe Manfred Clemenz den Begriff des strukturellen Staatsfaschismus eingeführt, wobei der Autor voraussetzt, dass es keine grundlegenden funktionalen Unterschiede zwischen den Formen der parlamentarischen Demokratie und den faschistischen Ausnahmestaaten gäbe, sondern eben nur phänomenologische Veränderungen konstatiert werden, ...

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PhiloFiction

THEODOR ADORNO & MASS CULTURE

20 Aug , 2018  

Introduction

Too many people talk about Theodor Adorno, and not enough people go through the difficult but bracing task of reading his texts. He is an easy man to caricature, because he believed in exaggeration as a means of reaching the truth. He said about psychoanalysis that “only in its ...

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Biopolitics

Enjoy your vacation!

18 Aug , 2018  

Conclusion: Vacation as fetish

To Žižek, a fetish is an ‘embodiment of the Lie which enables us to sustain the unbearable truth’ (Žižek, 2001b: 13). The subject ‘rationally’ accepts the truth, yet is only able to do so because she or he has their fetish to cling to, and the ...

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EconoFiction

Trapped at a Party Where No One Likes You

17 Aug , 2018  

Introduction

The following article was written in the early months of 2015. It is the result of a series of discussions and readings by the Surplus Club in Frankfurt am Main in accordance with the topic of the 2007-08 crisis of capital accumulation and the proliferation of the global surplus ...

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EconoFiction

Imperialism or (and) Capitalist Expansionism

16 Aug , 2018  

Abstract

This paper critically reviews some fundamental theses of the theories of imperialism. It claims that a theory of imperialism, if based on Marx’s theory of capitalism, shall on the one hand reject the traditional monopoly-capitalism approach and on the other adopt a broader definition of imperialism, denoting the (economic, ...

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Biopolitics

24/7: Sleepless Soldiers and the Psychopathy of Civilization

15 Aug , 2018  

On first reading Johnathan Crary’s new book 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep  I wondered if I’d shifted into some dark  psychopathic journey into the heart of darkness where citizens have become machines, augmented cyborgs in a sleepless universe of absolute death where no one dies and everyone ...

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Necropolitics

The Political Centrality of the Migrant

15 Aug , 2018  

Political theory in the twenty-first century is at an interesting crossroads where migration has reached such a critical threshold that what seemed to be an exception has now become the rule. The question now is how to understand the rules of this game in a much more adequate way.

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Necropolitics

Memes and the Reactionary Totemism of the Theft of Joy

12 Aug , 2018  

“Note how they talk about animals, and are moved by them. They make a list of affects. These affects circulate and are transformed within the assemblage.” Deleuze & Guattari

In the summer of 2016 a meme about a sacrificial animal captured the internet. At the Cincinnati Zoo a 200 kg ...

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PhiloFiction

Magmatische Autonomie

12 Aug , 2018  

Gegen den zeitgenössischen Trend einer Verkümmerung der Gesellschaftskritik behaupten sich im Augenblick nur wenige Theorien. Sie ragen wie einsame Inseln aus dem Meer der neokonservativen Zeitdiagnosen und modischen Verfallsprognosen. Unter den Theorien, die in diesem Sinn dem Zeitgeist sich widersetzen, stellt diejenige von Cornelius Castoriadis eine der imponierendsten Leistungen dar. ...

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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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