NonPolitics

Explosion of Authoritarianism and Labor Struggles in Italy’s ‘War on Corona’

8 Apr , 2020  

In Italy’s ‘war on corona’ authoritarianism as well as labor struggles are exploding. The latter brings to the fore the question of what and who is of systemic relevance, and hence “essential” for overcoming the crisis and rebuilding the world afterward. Magdalena Taube and Krystian Woznicki discuss this key issue ...

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Documentation

Autonome Perspektiven auf Wirtschaft, Staat, Coronavirus (dt,english)

3 Apr , 2020  

Was nützt einem Gesundheit, wenn man ansonsten ein Idiot ist“ – Adorno

#Einleitung

Der Coronavirus und die von ihm ausgelöste Lungenkrankheit Covid-19 stürzen die Menschen auf der ganzen Welt in Chaos und Unglück. Noch nie dürften so viele Menschen zugleich unter Kontakt- und Ausgangssperren und -verboten gelitten haben wie ...

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Biopolitics

Insurrection in times of the Coronavirus

18 Mrz , 2020  

Now, finally, that destabilizing event that could block the capitalist system has arrived. And unlike what we imagined, the cause is not the action of a group of revolutionaries or a social group of a territory or even a population in revolt. The event originates in the capitalist body itself ...

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Biopolitics, Documentation

Bologna in times of the Coronavirus – The Wu Ming Diary

17 Mrz , 2020  

Ten people had been massacred by a fascist just a few hours earlier, and I had hurried to Neukölln after work. So I stood there on the sidelines and let the demonstration pass by, looking for familiar faces. I looked into these faces, among which there were also honest ones, ...

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Necropolitics

The Coronavirus and the state of exception

15 Mrz , 2020  

From lundi matin #232 (02/03/2020) …

The Coronavirus and the state of exception

To those who claim, from the far right to the left, that our empires really care for their people – “this time they really want our good” -, in other words, that our empires have no interest ...

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Documentation

Capitalist agriculture and Covid-19: A deadly combination

14 Mrz , 2020  

The new coronavirus is keeping the world in a state of shock. But instead of fighting the structural causes of the pandemic, the government is focusing on emergency measures.

Yaak Pabst for the German socialist magazine Marx21 spoke to evolutionary biologist Rob Wallace, author of Big Farms Make Big Flu ...

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Necropolitics

Soacial Contagion / Microbiological Class War in China

5 Mrz , 2020  

Wuhan is known colloquially as one of the “four furnaces” (四大火炉) of China for its oppressively hot humid summer, shared with Chongqing, Nanjing and alternately Nanchang or Changsha, all bustling cities with long histories along or near the Yangtze river valley. Of the four, Wuhan, however, is also sprinkled with ...

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NonPolitics

Only us: Ecology-against-the-State

14 Jan , 2020  

“We, and no one else.” – There is an overwhelming scene in Todd Haynes’ latest film, Dark Waters (2019), which shows how toxic chemicals used in the production of Teflon were spilled into the Ohio River. The lawyer, who went from being on the side of the multinationals to that ...

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EconoFiction

Global Governance

11 Jan , 2020  

It is easy to see today that in the course of implementing neo-liberal strategies, the state is being increasingly restricted in its function as the guarantor of social peace and compromise between the classes, while the various modes of operation of the social police are being intensified step by step. ...

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EconoFiction, Necropolitics

Imperialism, State Fascism and the War Machines of Capital (Extract)

10 Sep , 2019  

In this book The Patchwork of Minorities (Lyotard 1977), Lyotard writes that capital is a pseudo-organism which, since it has no metaphysics, is not even able to formulate a discourse that justifies its own truth that could explain and justify its existence. The statement recently made by the Invisible Committee ...

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NonPolitics

Transcending the nation: a communist strategy in the era ofglobalization. A reply to Velissariou

7 Sep , 2019  

ABSTRACT
Neoliberalism and austerity are not ‘false policies’, but strategies of
increasing profits by reducing labor and welfare costs. In the process of
dismantling labor rights and the welfare state, a part of the population
is being marginalized. It becomes ‘superfluous’, and its living conditions
approach those of the inflowing ...

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NonPolitics

Old fascism and new right-wing populism

6 Sep , 2019  

In classical fascism, an organization that was at first externally and strictly hierarchically structured for the state gained dominance over the state apparatuses through the legal assumption of power, and then merged with them in a specific way, whereby the capitalist system that had fallen into crisis could be maintained ...

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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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Documentation, Necropolitics

Greek territory: The hunt for anarchists has begun

1 Aug , 2019  

The new government in Greece is launching an unprecedented offensive against the libertarian and self-governing movement. The newly elected right-wing prime minister Kyrikas Mitsotakis has publicly promised to “clean up” Exarchia this summer and smash the anarchist group ‘Rouvikonas’ (1). Beyond the “notorious” neighborhood and the elusive group, the entire ...

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GenericScience

‘June, 1972 & A chief who does not command:’ Clastres/Deleuze/Guattari

30 Jan , 2019  

(part I of an on going research project on political anthropology, D&G, Clastres, etc.)

“Primitive society has always been considered a place of absolute difference in relation to western society, a strange and unthinkable space of absence – absence of all that constitutes the observers’ socio-cultural universe: a world without ...

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NonPolitics

Voting for the End of the World

22 Okt , 2018  

Collective nihilism is no better than the lonelier forms of despair.

The revulsion is perhaps a version of the “uncanny valley,” that experience of disturbing familiarity when a simulacrum of a person comes close to impersonating human behavior, so close that its true inhumanity is suddenly illuminated. It’s like that ...

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Documentation

R.I.P. Jacques Mesrine

12 Sep , 2018  

A 2010 essay on the life, death and continuing appeal of the legendary French bank robber, kidnapper and escape artist, known as “Public Enemy No. 1” and “the man of a thousand faces”, Jacques Mesrine, the author of The Death Instinct, assassinated by the French police in 1979, who, despite

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Biopolitics

Transcending the nation: a communist strategy in the era of globalization. A reply to Velissariou

18 Jul , 2018  

ABSTRACT
Neoliberalism and austerity are not ‘false policies’, but strategies of increasing profits by reducing labor and welfare costs. In the process of dismantling labor rights and the welfare state, a part of the population is being marginalized. It becomes ‘superfluous’, and its livingconditions approach those of the inflowing refugee ...

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NonPolitics

La ZAD: Another End of the World Is Possible

9 Apr , 2018  

On January 17, 2018, the French government announced on television, via the voice of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, that it had given up on pursuing the highly controversial project of building a new airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes (NDDL). This decision capped five decades of political, economic, legal, environmental, and personal struggle. ...

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NonPolitics

Vorankündigung: Riot: Theorie und Praxis der kollektiven Aktion

15 Feb , 2018  

Laika/Non.Derivate 002: erscheint im April.

 

Hrsg: Karl-Heinz Dellwo, Achim Szepanski, J.Paul Weiler

Riot: Theorie und Praxis der kollektiven Aktion. Was war da los in Hamburg?

Die vielfältigen Formen von Protest und Widerstand gegen den G20-Gipfel in Hamburg liegen mittlerweile ein dreiviertel Jahr zurück. Sie haben ein sehr unterschiedliches mediales ...

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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

Home Too much production: Postone’s new interpretation of Marx’s theory provides a categorical critique with deficits

9 Sep , 2017  

Moishe Postone has produced a weighty work on central, categorical questions of Marx’s critique of economy. It is in no way a merely academic exercise. The vanishing point of even his most abstract considerations is the question of how to analyze contemporary changes in capitalism.

Postone’s critique is directed in ...

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Biopolitics

Multirassismus

28 Aug , 2017  

“Seit der Wiedervereinigung ist das Land eigentlich ein Kandidat für Prozesse, wie sie sich in Jugoslawien abgespielt haben und in der Tschechoslowakei sich anbahnen, wobei die Trennung der Ostdeutschen von den Westdeutschen sogar leichter durchzuführen wäre als die der Kroaten von den Serben, weil keine strittigen Gebietsansprüche existieren.” Uberlegungen zur ...

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