PhiloFiction

What is it to Live and Think like Gilles Châtelet?

18 Nov , 2018  

– What is To Live and Think Like Pigs about?

[Châtelet:] It’s a book about the fabrication of individuals who operate a soft censorship on themselves…In them, humanity is reduced to a bubble of rights, not going beyond strict biological functions of the yum-yum-fart type. . .as well as the ...

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EconoFiction

Contingency and Foundation: Rethinking Money, Debt, and Finance after the Crisis

21 Okt , 2018  

The origins of the financial crisis of 2007–8 have been widely understood in terms of the financial system having transgressed the boundaries of its proper role and place in society; and the response has been driven above all by a concern that key dimensions of the social order have become ...

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EconoFiction

Another Speculation? Michel Feher on Neoliberalism and Resistance

4 Okt , 2018  

In getting to grips with “neoliberalism”, a recommended first port of call is the published transcripts of Michel Foucault’s 1979 lecture series at the Collège de France titled The Birth of Biopolitics.[i] In those lectures Foucault demonstrated that the foundations of neoliberalism emerge from a critique of the ...

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EconoFiction

American Dystopia: The Empire of War

10 Aug , 2018  

Capitalism and neoliberalism carry wars within them like clouds carry storms.

—Éric Alliez and Maurizio Lazzarato, To Our Enemies

Henry Miller the ex-patriot who would return to his native land just before the rise of Hitler had a glimpse into the heart of the American Dystopian world when he glimpsed ...

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NonPolitics

The New Right, Neoliberalism, and the Real of Capital

8 Jul , 2018  

Trump/ism and Conjunctural Analysis
The lasting effects of the unresolved financial and economic crisis that began with the bursting of the US housing bubble in 2007 and the ongoing global crisis of accumulation have led to the re-emergence in public discourse of the idea that capitalism could end. For those ...

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EconoFiction

(Anti)Markets

9 Apr , 2018  

There are many advantages to political decentralization as a structural limitation on government power. Imagine a country the size of the United States, but consisting of only five states. Now imagine the same region containing 500 states. All other things being equal, the second situation is likely to be much ...

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NonPolitics

11 Theses on Possible Communism

4 Feb , 2018  

In January 2017, comrades from across the globe gathered in Rome to assess the conditions of contemporary capitalism and to plan communist strategies for our present. Viewpoint, as a co-sponsor of the conference, participated in discussions locally and translated interviews with key participants. Today, one year later, we present our

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NonPolitics

The Bad-Enough State

29 Jan , 2018  

 

I was asked to consider the question of ‘the withering away of the state’. Engels first coined the phrase, as you know, in his Anti-Durhing. Engels writes:

The interference of the state power in social relations becomes superfluous in one sphere after another, and then ceases of itself. ...

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EconoFiction

After Brexit and Donald Trump: Is Nationalism challenging Neoliberalism?

29 Jan , 2018  

Dear friends and comrades,
I will argue that the return of statist and nationalist policies does not actually mean that Neoliberalism is being challenged. Neoliberalism is a form of capitalist goverrnmentality, a form of organizing the power of capital over the working classes and the social majority. It is based ...

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EconoFiction

The ‘Greek Crisis’ and the Austerity Controversy in Europe

22 Nov , 2017  

John G. Milios, Spyros Lapatsioras and Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos
Extreme austerity policies implemented by Greek and European governments after the outbreak of the 2008 global economic crisis constitute neither a ‘correct’ strategy for economic reform and development nor an ‘erroneous’ strategy, which could be amended through reasonable argumentation and discussion.
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EconoFiction

Crisis and Sequels: capitalism and the new economic turmoil since 2007

13 Sep , 2017  

Like every crisis, 2008’s surprised. Some of us failed to see how turmoil originating in finance, and apparently in a limited area of finance to do with the US housing market, could have such great impact on factories and offices which were not booming, but still jogging along with tidy ...

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Lexicon, Necropolitics, PhiloFiction

Fredric Jameson – Utopia, Dystopia, and the Myth of Neoliberalism

28 Sep , 2016  

MAN is born free; and everywhere he is in chains.

-Jean Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract

It is easier, someone once said, to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism: and with that the idea of a revolution overthrowing capitalism seems to have vanished.

-Fredric Jameson,  ...

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all, Lexicon

On Wendy Brown

16 Aug , 2015  

Wir verweisen hier auf McKenzie Warks Besprechung des neuen Buchs von Wendy Brown  Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution (Zone Books, New York 2015). Neben einer erneuten Diskussion um das Thema Informationskapitalismus und vektoriale Klasse, die auch dem deutschen Leser seit dem Hacker Manifesto bekannt sein dürfte, kreist McKenzie Wark ...

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EconoFiction, Gosse, Necropolitics

Eurozone Vampires: The Gray Club of Death

14 Jul , 2015  

Looking at the picture of IMF head Christine Lagarde and German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble one gets the feeling of old partners in crime, a perfectly legal crime syndicate approved by the Eurozone and given the elite status of a total liquidation squad. In Max Brooks novel World War Z: ...

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