Monthly Archives: April 2013

A Counter-History of the California Ideology

From California, Wired magazine has achieved global notoriety through its claims that the Net will create the sort of free market capitalism until now only found in neo-classical economics text books. Everyone will be able to buy and sell in … Continue reading

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Urban Drifting, part 1: The Controlled City

When the Europeans landed on the shores of far-off lands, traversing the geographies of the Other, they brought with them what the perceived to be the light of civilization. This was the light of the Enlightenment – creative, mutable forces … Continue reading

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The Refusal of Work

I’ve been reading a lot of Bifo and Marazzi lately. I came to Autonomism the way I imagine a lot of people have: drifting through Hardt and Negri’s more contemporary writings and the French post-structuralist works of the 1970s, then … Continue reading

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Managing Democracy, Managing Dissent

The London-based research cooperative Corporate Watch has recently published a new book, Managing Democracy, Managing Dissent: Capitalism, Democracy, and the Organization of Consent: Managing Democracy, Managing Dissent comprises of twenty essays – written by writers, academics and activists and edited by … Continue reading

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Ghosts of Our Pasts: Neoliberal Crisis and Subjectivity (Part 2 of 2)

Confronted with the fears and pessimism of financial instability, where does the individual turn to fight back? Not to capitalism, the unnameable Thing, for it appears much too large, too complex, for any one individual to rebel against. Maybe then … Continue reading

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Ghosts of Our Pasts: Neoliberal Subjectivity and Crisis (Part 1 of 2)

In the moments of globalization, we find ourselves simultaneously at the fusion point of five distinct scales of experience: the intimate (the level of personal/interpersonal experience); territorial (the level of local experience); the national (the level of state experience); the … Continue reading

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Becoming Machine: Thoughts on Hardt and Negri’s ‘Enigmatic Passages’

1. Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s Empire has been called many things, running the gamut from the alter-globalization movement’s Communist Manifesto to a secret justification for neoliberal capitalism. One thing for sure is that it captures a zeitgeist; between the … Continue reading

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