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A Review of Carey King’s ‘The Economic Superorganism’

King, C. W. (2020). The Economic Superorganism: Beyond the Competing Narratives on Energy, Growth, and Policy. Springer Nature. If you are interested in the megatrends of the 21st century, then Carey King’s new book The Economic Superorganism should be on your reading list. …

A Review of Carey King’s ‘The Economic Superorganism’

Spectral Composition: On Spectral Music, Drone Metal, and Electronic music

read also here taken from the book Ultrablack of Music A somber enthusiasm In this essay, I don’t aim at analyzing a specific genre of music: my goal is rather to grasp a musical configuration encompassing musicians as different as …

Spectral Composition: On Spectral Music, Drone Metal, and Electronic music

Capitalism and ecology: from the decline of capital to the decline of the world

‘Kapitalismus und Okologie’ (1976) by Paul Mattick, translated by Paul Mattick Jr.   The historical character of nature follows from the Second Law of thermodynamics, discovered more than a hundred years ago by Carnot and Clausius, spelling an increase in …

Capitalism and ecology: from the decline of capital to the decline of the world

China’s Drivers and Planetary Ecological Collapse

Abstract: Can China lead the fight against climate change? If not, why not? Richard Smith, drawing on his forthcoming book China’s Engine of Ecological Apocalypse (Verso, 2018) argues that the built-in drivers and barriers of China’s hybrid bureaucratic- collectivist capitalism severely …

China’s Drivers and Planetary Ecological Collapse

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

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, …

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

NATURE/SOCIETY & THE VIOLENCE OF REAL ABSTRACTION

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 …

NATURE/SOCIETY & THE VIOLENCE OF REAL ABSTRACTION

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

 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 …

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

Metabolisms, Marxisms, & Other Mindfields

he turbulence of the 21st century poses a serious analytical challenge: How does capitalism develop through nature, and not just act upon it? Try drawing a line around the “social” and “environmental” moments of financialization, global warming, resurgent fundamentalisms, the …

Metabolisms, Marxisms, & Other Mindfields

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