The Automatic Society: Technics, Memory, and Capitalism

| S.C. Hickman | alien ecologies | In the past few years both the political Left and Right of the current global machine, the “Establishment” now dictates who will be included or excluded from their dominion. Whatever the hell that is? Ah, yes, it always comes down to this bugaboo… the “System” – a sort of Death Inc.,…

Humanity Has Just Bumped Upon the 5th Force of Nature

 Physicists Think They Might Have Just Detected a Fifth Force of Nature | Futurism | In Brief | Scientists have long known the four forces: Gravity, electromagnetism, and the weak and strong forces between atoms. But could there be a fifth force still waiting to be discovered? New evidence suggests there is. Physics can be pretty…

Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox

Hannes Hummel for Quanta Magazine… Quantum particles may connect through wormholes in the fabric of space-time… A bold new idea aims to link two famously discordant descriptions of nature. In doing so, it may also reveal how space-time owes its existence to the spooky connections of quantum information. By K.C. Cole quantamagazine.org One hundred years…

Utopia is No Place: The Art and Politics of Impossible Futures

Video of a Lecture by Stephen Duncombe “A growing number of artists are abandoning truth-telling political art for a boldly utopian practice, recognizing that political problems can’t be solved by an atrophied collective imagination. With examples ranging from Thomas More’s 16th-century tome Utopia to the Yes Men’s recent “special edition” of the New York Times,…

To Live and Think Like Pigs

The Incitement of Envy and Boredom in Market Democracies Urbanomic An uproarious portrait of the evils of the market and a technical manual for its innermost ideological workings, this is the story of how the perverted legacy of liberalism sought to knead Marx’s ‘free peasant’ into a statistical ‘average man’—pliant raw material for the sausage-machine…

The Decline of Human Intelligence

| S.C. Hickman| alien ecologies | Dr. Gerald Crabtree, a geneticist at Stanford, has published a study that he conducted to try and identify the progression of modern man’s intelligence. As it turns out, however, Dr. Crabtree’s research led him to believe that the collective mind of mankind has been on more or a less a downhill…

Neoliberalism Poisons Everything: How Free-Market Mania Threatens Education and Democracy

Reducing everything—including people—to markets makes democracy impossible, UC Berkeley’s Wendy Brown tells Salon… | Elias Isquith | Salon | Among lefties today, there may be no more toxic and discrediting a label than “neoliberal.” To be called a neoliberal is, generally, to be associated with the worst of capitalism’s excesses — Wall Street greed, union-busting, deregulation,…

Accelerationism: how a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in

The world is changing at dizzying speed – but for some thinkers, not fast enough. Is accelerationism a dangerous idea or does it speak to our troubled times? by Andy Beckett, the Guardian, 11 May 2017. Half a century ago, in the great hippie year of 1967, an acclaimed young American science fiction writer, Roger Zelazny,…

Kotsko on Online Activism and Beyond

My experience teaches me that the online left abides by certain unspoken rules that help everyone to remain as woke and unproblematic as possible. At the risk of breaking the code of silence, I will list the most important rules as I have come to understand them: The correct position is always already known. It’s […]…

Occupying Our Future: Solutions to Capitalist Crisis

RICHARD WOLFF, author of the forthcoming Democracy at Work: Cooperative Solutions to Capitalist Crisis and Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It, in conversation with ANTHONY ARNOVE, co-editor, with Howard Zinn, of Voices of a People’s History of the United States. Presented by Lannan Foundation and Haymarket Books….

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism (Video)

“We may like or dislike capitalism, but surely we all know how it works. Right? Wrong. Today, most arguments about capitalism are dominated by free-market ideology and unfounded assumptions that parade as ‘facts’. This lecture in which Ha-Joon Chang will talk about his new book 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism| tells the…

Fuck Work: Why Full Employment Is A Bad Idea — synthetic zerø

James Livingston says Fuck Work. That was the original title of the book that now appears as No More Work: Why Full Employment Is A Bad Idea (2016). For centuries we have believed that work is where we build character, and that the labor market allocates incomes more or less rationally. These beliefs have become […]…

Reading and Repetition — Levi Bryant

A central claim of Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition is that we only ever create something new through repetition. Here, then, we might encounter a fundamental difference between Badiou and Deleuze (or is it a proximity between the two?). For Badiou the new is created as a result of a truth-procedure that is evoked through fidelity…

Slavoj Žižek On His Wife Jela Krečič’s Novel ‘None Like Her’

Jela Krečič is a Slovene journalist, columnist and philosopher. And she is the wife of Slavoj Žižek. She received her PhD in philosophy under the guidance of Mladen Dolar from Faculty of Arts in 2009. Since 2013, she has been married to philosopher Slavoj Zizek. She writes for the largest national newspaper Delo. She published an exclusive interview…

We’re moving fast, but nobody knows where we’re going

‘The sooner we realize that long-term forecasting is becoming obsolete, the better we’ll be able to cope. Anyone who’s ever looked into retirement planning must have pondered the two basic questions: at what age does one want to retire and how does one estimate her life expectancy? A few decades ago, there was nothing daunting…

3 ways to reboot globalization

  Last week, Mark Zuckerberg announced “Facebook’s plan to bring the global community together.” A few months earlier, a Swedish billionaire, László Szombatfalvy, established the Global Challenges Foundation and announced a $5-million-dollar prize to solicit ideas for remodeling global cooperation. The timing couldn’t be more symbolic, as many pundits are alarmed by what they see…

The world’s turmoil is down to boredom, art can fight this

In a culture that swings between tedium and hysteria, art is a democratic necessity… Einstein: the length of time is relative when looking at art. If we become absorbed in a play or a piece of music, if we stand before a great painting, if we get lost in a book, we feel our sense…