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Desertification of Subjective Life

Institute for Precarious Consciousness: We Are All Very Anxious

in Desertification of Subjective Life/Expressions of Crisis

This article was originally published on Plan C. Six Theses on Anxiety and Why It is Effectively Preventing Militancy, and One Possible Strategy for Overcoming It 1 1:  Each phase of capitalism has its own dominant reactive affect. 2 Each phase of capitalism has a particular affect which holds it together. This is not a…

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Murray Bookchin: The Communalist Project

in Decomposition of State and Representative Institutions/Desertification of Subjective Life/What Is To Be Done

This article was originally published in the Harbinger, a Social Ecology Journal on September 1, 2002. Whether the twenty-first century will be the most radical of times or the most reactionary—or will simply lapse into a gray era of dismal mediocrity—will depend overwhelmingly upon the kind of social movement and program that social radicals create…

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Sarah Leonard and Nancy Fraser: Capitalism’s Crisis of Care

in Desertification of Subjective Life/Expressions of Crisis

This article was originally published in Dissent Magazine. Nancy Fraser is a professor of philosophy and politics at The New School for Social Research and one of the most respected critical theorists working today. In her latest book Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis, Fraser contends with liberal feminism’s troubling convergence with…

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Maurizio Lazzarato and Éric Alliez: To Our Enemies ( A Nuestros Enemigos – incluído en Español)

in Decomposition of State and Representative Institutions/Desertification of Subjective Life/Global Eliminationist War/Mass Dispossession

Originally published in e-flux. En español aquí. 1. We are living in the time of the subjectivation of civil wars.We did not leave the period of triumph of the market, automation of governmentality, and depoliticization of the economy of debt to go back to the era of “world views” and the conflicts between them. We…

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David Graeber: Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit

in Causes of Crisis/Collapse of Knowledge/Desertification of Subjective Life

This article was originally published in The Baffler. A secret question hovers over us, a sense of disappointment, a broken promise we were given as children about what our adult world was supposed to be like. I am referring not to the standard false promises that children are always given (about how the world is…

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Achille Mbembe: The age of humanism is ending

in Desertification of Subjective Life/Expressions of Crisis

This article was originally published on Dec 22, 2016 in Mail & Guardian. There is no sign that 2017 will be much different from 2016. Under Israeli occupation for decades, Gaza will still be the biggest open prison on Earth. In the United States, the killing of black people at the hands of the police…

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Krisis Group: Manifesto Against Labour

in Causes of Crisis/Desertification of Subjective Life/Economic Crisis/Expressions of Crisis/What Is To Be Done

This article was originally published Dec 31, 1999 by the Krisis Group. 1. The rule of dead labour A corpse rules society – the corpse of labour. All powers around the globe formed an alliance to defend its rule: the Pope and the World Bank, Tony Blair and Jörg Haider, trade unions and entrepreneurs, German…

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