Tag Archives: Fordism

Into the Mystic: Capitalism and the Structuralization of Spirituality

In his fantastic book The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America, Paul N. Edwards forwards a quasi-literary reading of the way power and subjectivity operate in the age of the computer, focusing primarily on … Continue reading

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The Poet and the Assassin: Control and Cosmos in “A Thousand Plateaus”

The two volumes of Capitalism and Schizophrenia have been read many ways: a critique of psychoanalysis, an exercise in nomadic thought, a foreshadow of chaos theory and the sciences of complexity, holistic texts packed with hermetic encoding. Anti-Oedipus in particular … Continue reading

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Between the Transnational Capitalist Class and Global Civil Society: The Structures of Imperial Protocol

In several past posts, I’ve looked at different ways in which Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s hypothesis of Empire, the current transnational order, is composed and operates through its various methodologies and influences. In one of these, Life in the … Continue reading

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Fragments of Ektos/Modernism’s Delirium (Post I)

Ektos – Greek: outside, beyond the outside, exterior, outside of beyond, besides, except. “Since the end of the eighteenth century, the life of unreason no longer manifests itself except in the lightning-flash works such as those of Holderin, of Nerval, … Continue reading

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Art Under Capital (Part I of II)

…Capitalism grants art a perpetual privileged concession: that of pure creative activity – an isolated creativity which serves as an alibi for the alienation of all other activities (and which thus also makes it the most expensive and prestigious status … 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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the managerial trinity

“…the modern welfare state: a synthesis of Taylorism in the organization of labor, Fordism in the wage regime, and Keynesianism in the macroeconomic regulation of society.” -Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Empire, pg. 242 If there is common ground to be … Continue reading

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