EconoFiction, GenericScience

Bemerkungen zu: A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (Moore/Patel) – (2)

12 Dez , 2017  

Die Verbindung zwischen Arbeit, Natur und der Logik der Vereinfachung zeigt eine längere Kontinuität an. Und in diesem Kontext Arbeit und Umwelt als Gegensatz zu begreifen, ist analytisch falsch. Schon Marx kritisierte die deutschen Sozialisten dafür, die Arbeit als die einzige Quelle des Reichtums zu propagieren, während heute die Umweltschützer ...

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GenericScience

Bemerkungen zu: A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (Moore/Patel) – (1)

7 Dez , 2017  

Wir liefern hier einen kurzen Abriss zu dem neuen Buch von Jason W. Moore und Raj Patel “A History of The World in Seven Cheaps Things”. Strittige Punkte benennen wir, können sie aber hier nicht weiter ausführen.

Die theoretischen Begründungen, welche die von Moore/Patel analysierten billigen Dinge (Natur, Geld, Arbeit, ...

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GenericScience

NATURE/SOCIETY & THE VIOLENCE OF REAL ABSTRACTION

7 Dez , 2017  

Among Nature/Society dualism’s essential features is the tendency to circumscribe truth-claims by drawing hard-and-fast lines between what is Social and what is Natural.[1] Here is a rift: an epistemic rift.[2] At its core is a series of violent abstractions implicated in the creation and reproduction of two separate epistemic domains: ...

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GenericScience

Commentary Value in the web of life, or, Why world history matters to geography

21 Nov , 2017  

Abstract
Critical geography as a field has yet to reckon with a fundamental geographical blind spot: the historical- geographical patterns of capitalism as a whole. There has been a steady—and studied—reluctance to grapple with capitalism as a historical-geographical place. A geography of value relations must proceed from the unities-in-diversity of
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EconoFiction

Financial Analysis of the Blue Economy: Sagarmala’s Case in Point

23 Okt , 2017  

Let us begin with the question. Why is infrastructure even important? Extensive and efficient infrastructure is critical for ensuring the effective functioning of the economy, as it is an important factor determining the location of economic activity and the kinds of activities or sectors that can develop in a particular

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GenericScience

A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (Introduction)

22 Okt , 2017  

 Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017.
 … Settled agriculture, cities, nation-states, information technology, and every other facet of the modern world has unfolded
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GenericScience

Nature, Geopower, & Capitalogenic Appropriation

20 Aug , 2017  

The rise of capitalism flowed through a new praxis: not only of Cheap Labor, but of Cheap Nature. After 1450, land productivity gave way to labor productivity as the metric of wealth. It was an ingenious civilizational strategy. New value-oriented technics – crystallizations of tools and ideas, power and nature

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EconoFiction

The Myth of the ‘Human Enterprise’: The Anthropos and Capitalogenic Change

15 Jun , 2017  

Humans are distinctive. No one is arguing the point. But how do we think through that distinctiveness? How do our conceptualizations lead us to highlight some relations over others, and how do those in/visibilities conform to – and challenge – extant structures of power (Bourdieu and Wacquant 1992; Sohn-Rethel 1978)? ...

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Biopolitics, EconoFiction

Name the System! Anthropocenes & the Capitalocene Alternative

13 Jun , 2017  

The Anthropocene has become the most important – and also the most dangerous — environmentalist concept of our times. It is dangerous not because it gets planetary crisis so wrong, but because it simultaneously clarifies ongoing “state shifts” in planetary natures while mystifying the history behind them (Barnosky et al.

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Biopolitics, GenericScience

Metabolic Rift or Metabolic Shift? Dialectics, Nature, and the World-Historical Method

2 Okt , 2016  

…That influence brought Marx’s socio-ecological imagination to a wider audience. But success came at a price. Influenced by Foster’s reading of social metabolism as a rift of “nature and society” – rather than society-in-nature – Marx’s ecological thinking came to be narrowly understood, more or less cordoned off from the ...

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GenericScience

Beyond the ‘Exploitation of Nature’? A World-Ecological Alternative

24 Jul , 2016  

Is nature exploited? “Of course!” says the environmentalist. But what might this mean? And, more significantly, is it so? Might there be a better way see the relations between humans and the rest of nature?

On the one hand, “exploitation” is often used by red-green scholars as a moral slogan, ...

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Biopolitics, GenericScience, Mashines

Make Kith Not Kin!

27 Jun , 2016  

When my daughter was little, we played a game on the way to her preschool called Count the Dog Poo. It was a game about counting, as you would play with any child, but also a game for a little New Yorker, to teach her to watch where she steps. ...

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GenericScience

Wasting Away: Value, Waste, and Appropriation in the Capitalist World-Ecology

8 Mrz , 2016  

The decisive violence imposed on life by the capitalist mode of production derives from its quest for radical simplification. The dream, the fantasy, the nightmare of capital is its practical desire — practical, yet impossible — for world of interchangeable parts, in which one part of nature easily substitutes for ...

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GenericScience

The Origins of Cheap Nature: From Use-Value to Abstract Social Nature

22 Feb , 2016  

Modernity’s law of value is an exceedingly peculiar way of organizing life in a civilization. Born in the midst of the rise of capitalism after 1450, the law of value enabled an unprecedented historical transition: from land productivity to labor productivity as the metric of wealth and power. It was ...

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Biopolitics, EconoFiction

Jason W. Moore und das Kapitalozän: Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital

30 Jan , 2016  

In einem Interview zu seinem bei Verso im Jahr 2015 erschienenen Buch „Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital“ fordert Jason W. Moore dazu auf, endlich den Dualismus, der  Ökonomie und Ökologie als getrennte Bereiche fasst, zu überwinden  und stattdessen die Relationen zwischen beiden Bereichen ...

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