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,…

Images show devastating aftermath of powerful earthquake near Greece and Turkey

A strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea overnight leveled buildings and injured hundreds of people in Greece and Turkey. The 6.7 magnitude quake’s epicenter was just 6.4 miles from Turkey’s coastal city of Bodrum and 10.1 miles from the Greek island of Kos. The powerful seismic event occurred at a relatively shallow depth of about 6.2 miles below the water’s surface on…

Mark Fisher on Badiou, Rancière and Žižek at ‘The Idea of Communism Conference’

Badiou, Rancière and Žižek lead an all-star cast of speakers at the ‘On the Idea of Communism’ conference at Birkbeck, London (2009) Towards the beginning of his paper at last weekend’s ‘On the Idea of Communism’ conference at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, self-described ‘anomalous sociologist’ Alberto Toscano cited the Observer’s recent review of The…

Stoicism 5.0: The unlikely 21st century reboot of an ancient philosophy

 by Matthew Sharpe From Cynicism to Stoicism No one expects the Spanish Inquisition, to paraphrase Monty Python. We live in strange times. But few people could have expected today’s rise of a global movement of self-describing Stoic online communities numbering over 100,000 participants. Stoicism was the ancient Greek and then Roman philosophy founded in the last decades…

G20: Thoughts on the Summit clashes

 by Maurice Reclus,  July 10, 2017. Freedom hasn’t had the resources to cover the G20 protests hour by hour, a task which has been ably handled by Enough is Enough, It’s Going Down, Plan C, CrimethInc and Insurrection News in the English language. But as the pavement is relaid over makeshift beaches, and karchers erase the evidence of rebellion, we can perhaps take…

Germany: [After G20 in Hamburg] Solidarity Call

Originally posted on Insurrection News:
In a time of open hunt against anti-G20 protesters by the cops, the media and “the public” (including demands for a lynch law circulating on the internet), it is essential to remember those who were injured during protests against the G20 summit in Hamburg and the dozens who are still under investigation and…

Scientists found something weird in the brains of psychopaths   

Kevin Spacey as Washington politician Frank Underwood in Netflix’s House of Cards NETFLIX There has been much fascination around psychopaths in pop culture recently, but they may not be evil at all.  Psychopaths’ brains are wired differently, in a way that means they put more value on immediate rewards, and have trouble thinking ahead to future…

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…