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From the commodity to the spectacle: Debord’s Marx

Published a century after Marx’s Capital, Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle was described upon its release as ‘the Capital of the new generation’ (Le Nouvel Observateur). However, the book’s content has almost never been seriously examined alongside the dialectical logic of the soc…

Capitalism with Derivatives. A Political Economy of Financial Derivatives, Capital and Class

Capitalism with Derivatives. A Political Economy of Financial Derivatives, Capital and Class, by D. Bryan and M. Rafferty, New York: Palgrave-MacMillan 2006. $ 85; pp. viii, 236 The book is a vitally interesting and innovative approach to finance, focusing on derivatives, whose rapid development sin…

Derrida’s Macintosh

I’ve been finishing an essay for a friend about Friedrich Kittler and the “media a priori” of philosophy. It’s an idea I have had on the back burner for several years. Ever since Wolfgang Ernst told me the story of Heidegger’s radio–a burgundy Grundig 88, which he belatedly allowed in…

When something ceases not to write itself

I’m returning to Kittler more and more, and in fact trying to write about him
 I hit on a treasure trove of material that I’ll say more about in future. But for the moment I wanted to post a few thoughts about identity and difference, and how identity and difference connect with the digital an…

“i cannot tell you why you must fight, i can only tell you how i solve contradictions” ‱ karl-heinz dellwo interview with jose rosales

Jose Rosales (JR): We’d like to begin with something you mentioned in another interview regarding the status of 68 in Germany since it is a moving anecdote regarding the relationship between the founding and subsequent generations of the RAF: “A letter from Gudrun Ensslin always remains in my m…

Struggles in Iran – Another response

Iman Ganji with Jose Rosales How do you see the relation between this strike and the protests in 2019, regarding the petrol prices? How do you see the relation between this strike and the wider criticism of the regime? IG & JR: The general strike of the project workers in the oil industry is not onl…

Formalism of materialist reason

Marx’s study of the species being of humanity institutes itself as a science that deals with value production and the relation of value to material reality. This is obviously a metaphysical question, but the suggested approach is scientific. Therefore, the science to be established in line with Ma…

On the oil workers strike in Iran – A letter from comrades

Comrades sent us following observations on the recent oil workers strike in Iran. For further reading on recent struggles in the region we recommend this article on the wider learning processes of the working class. We think the descriptions of the divisions within the oil workers is relevant, but…

Ignorance is Strength

Colin Harrison writes about power in present-day capitalism. His thrillers intersect and fuse finance, crime and ruthless violence. They are technically precise, written with panache and make you eager to turn the page. Of course, Harrison is hardly the first novelist to deal with this intersection…

Profit Warning: There Will be Blood

We have just updated the charts in our 2014 RWER paper ‘Still About Oil?’, and the picture they portray reads like a capitalist call for arms. Beginning in the late 1980s, we suggested that, since the late 1960s, the Middle East was greatly influenced by the capitalized power of a Weapondol…

A General Theory of Value and Money (Part 1: Foundations of an Axiomatic Theory)

This article sets out the foundatons of an axiomatc theory of value and money. Its purpose is to equip the public to explain the four facts that define the modern capitalist economy: the long-term post-war decline of the economies of the global North, the financial instability which produced the 200…

Destituer le monde est un sport du combat — cursory remarks on M.Tari’s ‘There Is No Unhappy Revolution’

The world too will end; this is certainty and not hope. In fact, countless worlds have ended, are ending as we speakThe end of the World depends on us. True friendship is the end of the World, the beginning of our play together. The secret is to begin at the end. How to approach a work such as Tari…

Software and/as Math

In the past I’ve made claims like “software is math”
and I usually get taken to task over it. I acknowledge that others, particularly humanists and social scientists, might be uncomfortable with such a reduction. Math and computation are not the same thing. And certainly the experience or…

Once again on the Composition of the International Working Class

Some additional information which confirm the shift away from the old imperialist countries towards the South as well as China Article (with 3 Graphs) by Michael Pröbsting, International Secretary of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 10 March 2020, www.thecommunists.net Two…

“A Really Good Quarrel”

US-China Alaska Meeting: The Inter-Imperialist Cold War Continues By Michael Pröbsting, International Secretary of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 23 March 2021, www.thecommunists.net Contents Part 1 Introduction A symbolic public row Two thieves as upholders of moral sta…

The Non-Philosophical or Super-Philosophical Rebellion of Music

The Non-Philosophical or Super-Philosophical Rebellion of Music: The Death of Socrates Set to Music Through the Reversal of the Socratic Metaphor François Laruelle In TĂ©tralogos: Un opĂ©ra de philosophies (Paris: Cerf, 2018), p.559-562. Can we imagine a non-philosophical, indeed a super-philoso…

Leaked UN report lays bare catastrophic effects of planetary heating

A UN report says millions more will go hungry owing to the catastrophic effects of climate change. AFP A leaked draft report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change paints the starkest picture yet of the accelerating danger caused by human use of coal, oil, and gas. It w…

The JabĂšs-Book and the Techno-Biblio-Logical Continuum

Selections from Le nouvel esprit technologique (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2020), p.103-136. The bind-of-the-book [le rez-du-livre] Barely honoured by philosophy, will the book have the chance to be thrown off the shelves that stock and sell it, thrown out from catalogues which brand and order it, t…

On the real as transcendental

In Le principe de minorité (Paris: Aubier, 1981), p.163-169. Under the names Technological Continuum, Difference, the Completed Amphibology or Continuous Multiplicities, we have identified the syntactic invariant kernel that rules the economy of the Same or Being-as-difference, the highest concep…

Black Box East: “Primitive Accumulation” of Capital and Memory, or How the Berlin Wall Fell in Yugoslavia

30 years have passed since the consequences of the fall of the Berlin Wall reached Yugoslavia: what has been by then seen as an enthusiastic wave of democratization and peaceful dismantling of socialism, has become much more troublesome and obscurantist in the former Yugoslavia. In 1990/1 the democr…

“Philo-Fiction,” from Philosophie non-standard

N Philosophie non-standard: gĂ©nĂ©rique, quantique, philo-fiction (Paris: KimĂ© 2010), p.91-94 A typically “philosophical” difficulty is that in order for the Matrix to invent generic amplifications from the original model, it must itself be invented from all pieces and utterly confounded with…

The Quant Case for Open-Access COVID Vaccines

Around the world, rich countries are celebrating as their COVID numbers fall. Their success is no mystery — it’s because of a massive rollout of COVID vaccines. While we should celebrate the development of these vaccines, their deployment highlights the tyrannies of capitalism. Most of the b…

Meillassoux, Brassier, Laruelle and Gnosticism?

In a previous post on Quentin Meillassoux’s Berlin Lecture David Milliern whose blog milliern is well worth spending some time on brought up a some interesting thoughts which I quote at the bottom of this post. David tells us that his concerns about Meillassoux centered on his use of “kenotype…

Who’s Afraid of Work?(Unemployment and the “end of labour”)

The subject of this paper is this rather peculiar ideological use of the phenomenon of automation asserting the imminent end of labour. In sections 2and 3 we will approach the history and the content of these conceptions. In the following section we will deal with some statistical evidence, which wi…

AphĂ iresis / Reflections

You can pre-order here AphĂ iresis (from the Greek Î±Ï†Î±ÎŻÏÎ”ÏƒÎčς, “abstraction”) is an audiovisual work composed between 2017 and 2019, whose aim is to investigate the relationship between materiality and immateriality, between presence and metaphysics. It is from the fruitful relationship…


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