Obviously I am currently reading Radical Thought in Italy. The glossary has a great precis of exodus: Exodus (esodo). In part this term refers to the biblical journey of the Jews through the desert to escape the pharaoh’s army. Exodus might be understood better, however, as an extension of the “refusal of work” to the … Continue reading
“Democracy rests under the sign of Janus, the exiled god of thresholds and beginnings, not under Terminus, god of confines and outcomes.” Augusto Illuminati’s piece from the book Radical Thought in Italy outlines a very similar project to the other Italians: to effect an exodus from capitalism and work, from the State and representation. A … Continue reading
The human is a social animal, and the social is evil. We cannot do anything about it, and yet we cannot accept it if we do not want to lose our souls. Life can thus be nothing but laceration. The world is uninhabitable. And therefore we must escape to the other. But the door is … Continue reading
Reblogged from Deterritorial Investigations Unit: I’ve been reading Alexander Galloway’s excellent Protocol: How Control Exists after Decentralization, which explores what he terms the “protocological” apparatuses of control, or the invisible mechanisms of power that hide behind the horizontally organized distributed networks that define the workings of the post-Fordist information economy. The ‘protocol’ in his term … Continue reading
My review of Chris Butler’s book on Lefebvre, which I posted here earlier, has just come out in Society and Space‘s reviews online. Speedy turnaround for anyone looking to do reviews!
Jodi Dean’s critique of Wendy Brown’s “Resisting Left Melancholy” piece sent me scurrying back to the original. Here are some of the nicest lines… …left melancholy is Benjamin’s unambivalent epithet for the revolutionary hack who is, finally, attached more to a particular political analysis or ideal-even to the failure of that ideal-than to seizing possibilities … Continue reading