EconoFiction

Neoliberal Capitalism: Living and Thinking Like Pigs

29 Sep , 2019  

The title is borrowed from Gilles Châtelet’s book To Live and Think Like Pigs: The Incitement of Envy and Boredom in Market Democracies. What maxim does Châtelet refer to in his book that demands another life instead of a pig’s life? The answer is simple: Always unfold a ...

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EconoFiction

Capitalism, financial system and forms of exploitation

9 Aug , 2019  

Spyros Lapatsioras/John Milios/Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos

Financial intermediation is a sui generis service itself and is therefore a productive activity striving for profit maximization, like any other sector of the capitalist economy.

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Necropolitics

The Horror of Capitalism: Consuming the Body of God

31 Jul , 2019  

Base matter is external and foreign to human aspirations, and it refuses to allow itself to be reduced to the great ontological machines resulting from these aspirations.

—Georges Bataille, Base Materialism and Gnosticism

For Bataille, religion is not the revelation of a divine being who is creator of all things, ...

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Documentation

The “Yellow Vests” Show How Much the Ground Moves Under Our Feet

10 Dez , 2018  

It strikes me that the profound confusion, even incredulity, displayed by the French commentariat—and even more, the world commentariat—in the face of each successive “Acte” of the Gilets Jaunes drama, now rapidly approaching its insurrectionary climax, is a result of a near total inability to take account of the ways ...

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NonPolitics

Der Aufstand als Teil der globalen Zirkulationskämpfe

7 Dez , 2018  

Das wichtigste Surplus ist die aktiv negierende, die widerständige Bevölkerung in den aufbrechenden Momenten der Massenmobilisierung, welche sich zu einem Ereignis verdichten, bei dem der Aufstand das polizeiliche Management einer konkreten Situation sprengt und sich zugleich vom alltäglichen Leben radikal entkoppelt. Diese Art der aufständischen Surplus-Produktion bleibt jedoch stets mit ...

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EconoFiction

Der marxistische Kapitalbegriff

15 Nov , 2018  

Dirk Baecker schreibt in einem aktuellen Beitrag: »Auch das Kapital darf nicht im Singular, sondern muss im Plural gedacht werden.« Wenn er dann sofort zur Konkurrenz springt, verfolgt er zwar eine Spur, ohne Zusammenhänge darstellen und explizieren zu können. Die Wunderformel heißt nämlich: Singular=Plural. Wir werden zeigen, dass man über ...

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EconoFiction

150 years Karl Marx’s “Capital” Reflections for the 21st century

1 Nov , 2018  

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 14-15.1.2017
Olympia Hall – Garden of Zappio- Athens – Greece

According to the above argumentation, the ‘products’ of financial innovation, even during the period just before the crisis when derivatives spiked, should not be considered as products of a perverted imagination with the sole aim of bypassing regulatory ...

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GenericScience

Climate Apocalypse: The Denial of the Future

11 Okt , 2018  

We need the deniers to get out of the way. They are risking everyone’s future…. The Koch Brothers are criminals…. They should be charged with criminal activity because they’re putting the profits of their business ahead of the livelihoods of millions of people, and even life on earth.”

– James ...

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GenericScience

The Decline of Science, The Decline of Capitalism

1 Okt , 2018  

Can another Einstein exist in this era?  A better question  is whether  the spirit of his  research program could emerge again in our current predicament. By his research program, I mean the activity that grasped through a few thought experiments and heuristics fundamental principles that not only revolutionized physics but ...

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NonPolitics

White Purity

26 Sep , 2018  

… Among other things, whiteness is a kind of solipsism. From right to left, whites consistently and successfully reroute every political discussion to their identity. The content of this identity, unsurprisingly, is left unexamined and undefined. It is the false foundation of the prototypically American model of pseudo-politics …
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EconoFiction

The Nature of Flows

21 Sep , 2018  

I would like to pursue the problem of the economy of flows; last time, someone wanted a more precise definition of flows, more precise, that is, than something which flows upon the socius. What I call the socius is not society, but rather a particular social instance which plays the ...

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EconoFiction

The Value of Everything? Work, Capital, and Historical Nature in the Capitalist World-Ecology

21 Sep , 2018  

Every civilization must decide what is, and what is not, valuable. The Marxist tradition makes occasional reference to a “law of value.” It is not a phrase that rolls easily off the tongue, apparently. It sounds quaint, curiously out of step with our times. And yet, the trem-ors of systemic ...

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Mashines

Paul Virilio: The Anti-City

19 Sep , 2018  

On the Anti-City: I think it’s a form of desire for inertia, desire for ubiquity, instantaneousness – a will to reduce the world to a single place, a single identity.

– Paul Verilio, Pure War

We’ve passed through the looking glass and become the spectacle, the speed of global affects ...

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EconoFiction

The Origins of Capitalism as a Social System

13 Sep , 2018  

Chapter 1 highlights the fundamental characteristics that, in their interconnectedness, distinguish capitalism from all other social systems: (i) wage labour, (ii) monetization of the whole economy (money-begetting money), (iii) concentration of the means of production and dissociation of the capitalist from the labour process as such, (iv) free competition and ...

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EconoFiction, NonPolitics

Durchgeknallte Maschinen: Kapital, Staat und Faschismus. (Buchveröffentlichung)

10 Sep , 2018  

Erscheint im Oktober im Laika Verlag. Laika/Non.Derivate003

Die hier publizierten Essays stehen in einem untergründigen Zusammenhang. Im ersten Essay wird mit der Zeichnung von wenigen abstrakten und weitläufigen Linien versucht, jenes eigentümliche Objekt »Staat« zu konstruieren, ohne dabei der Versuchung zu unterliegen, auch im Ansatz nur diejenigen Diskurse zu reproduzieren, ...

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EconoFiction

Trapped at a Party Where No One Likes You (DE)

7 Sep , 2018  

Die Betrachtung von Arbeitslosigkeit, sozialer Exklusion oder Prekarität kann nicht bei der empirischen Frage nach den Lebensbedingungen der betroffenen Gruppen stehen bleiben, denn als soziologisch gefasste Identitäten sind sie lediglich Erscheinungsformen oder Momente der Totalität von Kapital und Arbeit. Die gegenwärtige Reproduktion dieses Verhältnisses vollzieht sich dabei in ...

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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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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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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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EconoFiction, Lexicon

Global Significance of Chinese Investments

4 Jul , 2018  

What are fitted values in statistics?

The values for an output variable that have been predicted by a model fitted to a set of data. a statistical is generally an equation, the graph of which includes or approximates a majority of data points in a given data set. Fitted values ...

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EconoFiction, Necropolitics

Elend und Schulden: Zur Logik und Geschichte von Überschussbevölkerungen und überschüssigem Kapital

3 Jul , 2018  

Wir neigen dazu, die gegenwärtige Krise mit überlieferten Theorien des Zyklus zu interpretieren. Während Mainstream-Ökonomen nach den »Hoffnungszeichen« für eine Erholung suchen, bescheiden sich kritische Kritiker mit der Frage, ob es bis zur Wiederkehr des Wachstums nicht noch etwas dauern könnte. Geht man von Theorien des Konjunkturzyklus oder selbst der ...

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NonPolitics

Die blinden Flecken im linken Migrationsdiskurs

1 Jul , 2018  

Von Arbeitsmigration ist kaum die Rede und das hat politische Konsequenzen

Der unionsinterne Streit könnte sich versachlichen. “Merkel bleibt Kanzlerin”, hieß es schon in einem Deutschlandfunk-Kommentar. Gestritten wird zwischen den Unionsparteien jetzt vor allem über die Integration des EU-Gipfels zur Migrationsabwehr.

Flüchtlingsabwehr und nicht Integration heißt die europäische Agenda

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