NonPolitics

Why Riot?

11 Jan , 2019  

The riot is most important, then, not in its traditional ability to win demands that progressives can only drool over, but instead when it takes on a demandless character. This absence of demands in the riot and occupation implies two things: First, it implies a rejection of existing mediations ...

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EconoFiction

The Autocatalytic Sprawl of Pseudorational Mastery

24 Jul , 2018  

According to Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan capital is not an economic quantity but a mode of power [29]; it could be sumarized as: “Capital is power quantified in monetary terms”. So, what do we do when we “quantify”? What is the nature of “money” in a capitalist society? And, ...

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Mashines

Versity

19 Nov , 2016  

In the wake of the Trump election, there has been a lot of hand-wringing and self flagellation in tech communities about the so-called “filter bubble” created by social media. Was Trump elected by Facebook? Is this “our” Twitter revolution — only in the wrong direction? I wrote about this previously, ...

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Documentation, EconoFiction, Lexicon

“Theory and Praxis, Theory and Practice, Practical Theory”

18 Feb , 2016  

Wir verlinken zu einem aktuellen Text der Ökonomen Shimshon Bichler und Jonathan Nitzan, in dem sie Fragen zu beantworten versuchen, die vor allem von marxistischen Autoren  immer wieder hinsichtlich ihres grundlegenden Textes “Capital as Power” gestellt werden. Da dieser Text, der 2009 erschien, im deutschsprachigen Raum bis heute weitgehend unbekannt ...

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EconoFiction, Lexicon

Financialization and Marx: Some Reflections on Bryan’s, Martin’s and Rafferty’s Argumentation

7 Feb , 2016  

Abstract

The recent theoretical works of the authors provide thorough insights into the workings of contemporary capitalism. Derivatives are the key issue involved here. They comprehend financialization as a development within, rather than a distortion of, capitalist production. They nevertheless underestimate the ability of Marx’s analytical categories to capture the ...

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