GenericScience

Cheap Food and Bad Climate: From Surplus Value to Negative Value in the Capitalist World-Ecology

24 Aug , 2019  

ABSTRACT
Capitalism, understood as a world-ecology that joins accumulation, power, and nature in dialectical unity, has been adept at evading so-called Malthusian dynamics through an astonishing historical capacity to produce, locate, and occupy cheap natures external to the system. In recent decades, the last frontiers have closed, and this astonishing ...

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EconoFiction

Circulation

21 Aug , 2019  

Circulation is a concept and category Marx uses to analyze capital as a process in addition to or, rather than, a relation. Marx’s analysis of the circulation process is challenging, which in part is due to the polysemy of circulation as a concept.

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EconoFiction

What is to be Done?

18 Aug , 2019  

What is to be Done? Plenary speech at the 14th annual conference of the world Association for political economy, winnipeg, 19th July 2019

Alan Freeman

The conference title is ‘Class, State and Nation’. My title is ‘What is to be done?’, a steal from Lenin, but at historical moments like ...

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EconoFiction

Why even do political finance with Deleuze?

13 Aug , 2019  

Any heterodox project is compelled to begin by articulating a problem or set of problems it proposes to address (otherwise why heterodoxically begin at all?). When studying finance at our present moment, the particular problem to which we are alerted is a political economic problem whose particularity Deleuze as a ...

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GenericScience

VALUE, NATURE, AND THE VORTEX OF ACCUMULATION

11 Aug , 2019  

Introduction


Of all the domains of Marxian political economy, nature is by far the most vexing. Is nature an economic input as in the notion of natural resources; is it the object of labour in the process of production; or is it something broader, as in the idea of land ...

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Mashines

Perfect Machines: Artificial Intelligence and the Labour Theory of Value

3 Aug , 2019  

Paper presented at “Marx’s Critique of Political Economy and the Global Crisis Today. On the 150th Anniversary of the Publication of Capital”, Hofstra University, April 6-7, 2017.

“Someone once said that it is easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism.”
– Frederic ...

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Mashines

Inhuman Power / Review (1)

31 Jul , 2019  

Das Autorenteam Dyer-Whiteford, Kjösen, Steinhoff hat mit Inhuman Power ein verdienstvolles Buch zur AI (Artificial Intelligence; AI) aus marxistischer Sicht vorgelegt. AI definieren die Autoren als die Fähigkeit in einem bestimmten Zeitraum angemessene Generalisierungen auf Grundlage von limitierten Daten zu machen. Je weiter der Spielraum für Applikationen ist und je ...

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EconoFiction

Zum Kapitalbegriff bei Peter Streckeisen: Soziologische Kapitaltheorie. Marx, Bourdieu und der ökonomische Imperialismus

30 Jul , 2019  

Der Schweizer Soziologe Peter Streckeisen will „das Marx’sche Hauptwerk mit soziologischer Brille so neu lesen, dass es zur Inspirationsquelle einer Kritik an den üblichen Kapitalbegriffen sowie der konzeptuellen Schärfung und Weiterentwicklung soziologischer Kapitaltheorie werden kann“. (S. 14)

Nachdem er vier „Elemente einer soziologischen Lektüre des Kapitals“ (von Marx) vorgetragen ...

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EconoFiction

THE SPECULATIVE CAPITAL (3)

29 Jul , 2019  

Nothing exemplifies the constitution of the market and motivations today more than speculation. The drive to permanently generate this type of derivative bet, which has marked the Euro-American financial markets since the 1970s, would never have been able to circulate in these vast dimensions unless there was a specific derivative framework: ...

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EconoFiction

THE SPECULATIVE CAPITAL (1)

26 Jul , 2019  

Here we present in three parts a preliminary report to the book The Speculative Capital , which contains the first comprehensive study of a new form of capital that dominates the economies of the 21st century. In this report, we often refer to LiPuma’s book The Social Life of Financial Derivatives: ...

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EconoFiction

THE AGE OF SPECULATIVE CAPITAL AND GLOBAL CIRCULATION FIGHTS

25 Jul , 2019  

Michel Feher claims in his new book, Rated Agency, that capitalized capitalism, which started in 1970, is akin to a Copernican revolution in that the new regime of capital accumulation no longer focuses on industrial companies based on vertical integration and internal growth, but on this regime both companies as ...

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EconoFiction

Gibt es einen maschinellen Mehrwert?

23 Jul , 2019  

Nicht das Problem um die Übertragung des Werts bzw. der Reproduktion des Wertanteils des fixen Kapitals, das Marazzi in seinem Essay Die Amortisation der Körper-Maschine (Marazzi 2012: 35ff.) behandelt (dem zufolge das konstante Kapital durch die Operation der Übertragung zweimal produziert wird), steht hier im Vordergrund, sondern unter anderen Gesichtspunkten ...

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EconoFiction

WORLD MARKET, GOVERNANCE AND STATE PARANOIA

23 Jul , 2019  

In a text from 1973, which appeared in the Kursbuch, the sociologist Manfred Clemenz has introduced the concept of structural state fascism, the author assumes that there are no fundamental functional differences between the forms of parliamentary democracy and the fascist states of exception, but just only phenomenological changes are ...

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PhiloFiction

Time & History

23 Jul , 2019  

transcript of a talk for the Radical Philosophy Association’s Fall conference ]

I would like to begin with a passage from Giorgio Agamben’s 1978 essay, ‘Time and History: Critique of the Instant and the Continuum,’ since it will serve to orient the remarks that follow:

Every conception of history is ...

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EconoFiction

CAPITAL IS FINANCE – THE FOUNDATIONS OF A MARXIST FINANCIAL THEORY

22 Jul , 2019  

The “financial deregulation” since the 1970s has paradoxically in themselves the capacity and increase the demand for regulation, regulatory instruments, and regulatory agencies. The strengthening of market mechanisms at all levels requires a number of public, sub-state, and especially private, companies and institutions whose duplication and dissemination take on the ...

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EconoFiction

SPECULATIVE TIME, DEBT AND CLASS POLITICS

21 Jul , 2019  

Many of the catchy testimonies of critical sociologists, ranging from Richard Sennett to Elena Esposito, are that the future is always some distance from the present, protected from the here and now and not as an economic resource in the world Present in the markets should be traded. The ...

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EconoFiction

Fiktives Kapital: Aus 1000 Euro mach 2000 Euro

14 Feb , 2019  

Der Kauf und Verkauf von Geldkapital, seien es nun in Form von Aktien, Wertpapieren oder Derivaten, wird an sog. Geld- oder Kapitalmärkten abgewickelt. Man sollte aber dringlichst vermeiden, hier den Begriff des Marktes womöglich als konkretes Universal überzustrapazieren, vielmehr wäre es angebracht, diese Art strukturell-sozialer Raum als Distribution von Distributionen ...

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Mashines

Pragmatic/Machinic: Discussion with Félix Guattari [by Charles J. Stivale]

6 Feb , 2019  

taken from Blackout

The following discussion with Félix Guattari took place in his apartment in Paris. With the help of a number of friends, I had prepared a set of questions, and had contacted him to see if he might be available to answer some of them.\1 He responded immediately, ...

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PhiloFiction

Gloss on Humanism

5 Feb , 2019  

Since the emergence of bourgeois society and throughout the course of its existence, the emphasis on man has been the price paid for the development and the autonomization of exchange value as well as for the progressive reification of human relations. The more capitalist dehumanization – the ‘organic composition’ of ...

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EconoFiction

“Third Persons” and Reproduction: A Note to R. Luxemburg’s Critique of Marx’s Reproduction Schemes

5 Feb , 2019  

“Third Persons” and Reproduction:

A Note to R. Luxemburg’s Critique of Marx’s Reproduction Schemes

George Economakis and John Miliosi

Abstract

The aim of the present paper is to critically present Rosa Luxemburg’s critique to Marx’s reproduction schemes of a pure capitalist economy in Volume 2 of Capital, as a ...

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EconoFiction

Autumn of the System: Poetry and Financial Capital

3 Feb , 2019  

It is worth recalling at this juncture that M-C-M! is not the formula for
economic circulation as such, but a specific mode of same: that of capitalism. Parallel to this is the oft-elided fact that Marx nowhere claims that the sale of commodities for money is peculiar to capitalism, but ...

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NonPolitics

Full Metal Yellow Jacket

2 Feb , 2019  

(lundi matin #175, 22/01/2019)

Let us not sulk for our pleasure! The movement against the labour law of the spring of 2016, the defense of the ZAD of NDDL [Notre-dame-des-landes] in the spring of 2018 and finally the movement of the yellow vests that appeared in autumn 2018 and ...

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GenericScience

So ist die Demokratie das Wesen aller Staatsverfassung (Karl Marx)

29 Jan , 2019  

Auch in dieser Frage machte Marx keinerlei Zugeständnisse. Und es waren Deleuze/Guattari, die aufgrund vielfältiger historischer Erfahrungen, von denen Marx nichts wissen konnte, ins gleiche Horn bliesen und dessen Ansatz noch verschärften. Deleuze und Guattari verhöhnen geradezu die Demokratie, die den Vertrag, den Konsens und die Kommunikation und damit ständig ...

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