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Labor, Automation, and Refusal

Marxism has, and had for a quite a long time, a problem with the question of work. This is not to say that Marxism can be confused with the insistence of its antagonist, capitalism, over the relations of labor and … Continue reading

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Communique from the Committee for the Liberation of Autonomous Amusement: on the question of labor

Of all the things that the Committee for the Liberation of Autonomous Amusement calls for, it is the immediate refusal of labor on a mass scale and the repudiation of its status as a noble value. Capitalism elevated this system … Continue reading

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3 Quotes on the Refusal of Labor

Behind the glorification of “work” and the tireless talk of the “blessings of work” I find the same thought as behind the praise of impersonal activity for the public benefit: the fear of everything individual. At bottom, one feels now … Continue reading

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From Socialism to Neoliberalism: A Story of Capture (Part 2 of 2)

Kahn Goes to Washington, Rustin Goes to War Overall, 1972 proved to be a year of change on all fronts. Shachtman passed away and was eulogized by Kahn in the pages of Dissent. Henry Jackson lost the nomination to George McGovern … Continue reading

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From Socialism to Neoliberalism: A Story of Capture (Part 1 of 2)

[The following comes from a text I had worked on several years ago. For a variety of reasons, the project never came to fruition, but I’ve been revisiting my notes from this period in preparation for my current work. Note: … 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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mechanics of discipline

Foucault, genealogist of power, unearthing discipline’s roots. What is discipline? It is the act of making the body itself docile: making it productive, using it to produce profit for moneyed exploitation. How does discipline go about making bodies docile? distributing … Continue reading

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