Negative Capitalism: Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era

By J.D. Taylor


Negative Capitalism: Cynicism within the Neoliberal period bargains a brand new conceptual framework for knowing the present monetary concern. via a ranging sequence of analyses and views, it argues that cynicism has develop into culturally embedded within the united kingdom and US as an impact of disempowerment by way of neoliberal capitalism. but regardless of the deprivation and cave in of key social infrastructure like consultant democracy, welfare, employees' rights and equivalent entry to assets, there has thus far been no collective, powerful and sustained overthrow of capitalism. Why is that this? The book's valuable name is for brand new thoughts that get to the bottom of this narcissistic cynicism, embracing social democracy, constitutional rights, mass bankruptcies and animate sabotage. Kafka, Foucault, Ballard and de Sade are clashed with the X-Factor, ruinporn, London, and the paintings of Laura Oldfield Ford. damaging Capitalism's polemic is written to incite responses opposed to the cynical malaise of the neoliberal era.

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Thomas Hirschhorn: Deleuze Monument (AFTERALL)

Part-text, part-sculpture, part-architecture, part-junk heap, Thomas Hirschhorn's frequently huge yet precarious works supply a observation at the spectacle of late-capitalist consumerism and the worldwide proliferation of commodities. made of ephemeral fabrics -- cardboard, foil, plastic baggage, and packing tape -- that the artist describes as "universal, financial, inclusive, and [without] any plus-value," those works additionally interact problems with justice, energy, and ethical accountability. Hirschhorn (born in Switzerland in 1957) frequently chooses to put his paintings in non-art settings, asserting that he wishes it to "fight for its personal existence." during this publication, Anna Dezeuze deals a generously illustrated exam of Hirschhorn's Deleuze Monument (2000), the second one in his sequence of 4 Monuments. Deleuze Monument -- a sculpture, an altar, and a library devoted to Gilles Deleuze -- used to be conceived as a piece open to viewers twenty-four hours an afternoon, seven days every week. a part of the exhibition "La Beauté" in Avignon, Deleuze Monument was once debatable from the beginning, and it was once dismantled months sooner than the top of the exhibition after being vandalized. Dezeuze describes the chronology of the venture, together with negotiations with neighborhood citizens; the dynamic among confirmation and vulnerability in Hirschhorn's paintings; failure and "scatter artwork" within the Nineteen Nineties; participatory practices; and difficulties of presence, upkeep, and visual appeal, raised via Hirschhorn's acknowledgement of "error" in his discontinuous presence on web site following the set up of Deleuze Monument.

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The Accumulation of Freedom: Writings on Anarchist Economics

By Anthony J. Nocella II, John Asimakopoulos

The in basic terms predicament of capitalism is capitalism itself. Let's toss credits default swaps, bailouts, environmental externalities and, whereas we are at it, deepest possession of creation within the dustbin of background. The Accumulation of Freedom brings jointly economists, historians, theorists, and activists for a first-of-its-kind examine of anarchist economics. The editors are not attempting to subvert the concept of economics—they settle for the normal definition, yet reject the inspiration that capitalism or primary making plans are appropriate how one can manage fiscal life.

Contributors comprise Robin Hahnel, Iain McKay, Marie Trigona, Chris Spannos, Ernesto Aguilar, Uri Gordon, and more.

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The Path to Hope

A brief, incisive political tract that criticizes the tradition of finance capitalism and demands a go back to the humanist values of the enlightenment: equality, liberty, freedom as outlined within the assertion of the Rights of guy, a go back to neighborhood, mutual appreciate, freedom from poverty, and an finish to theocracy and fundamentalism. The authors argue go back to those values constitutes “a route to hope,” major the way in which out of the current all over the world malaise caused by monetary cave in, ethical failure, and an lack of knowledge of history.
 
For the authors, 20th-century fascism used to be no mere abstraction—it was once a brutal procedure because of an analogous malaise, a method they fought opposed to. this provides their publication targeted urgency.
 
The route to Hope is written via esteemed French thinkers—94-year-old Stephane Hessel and 90-year-old Edgar Morin, following at the heels of Hessel’s Indignez-vous! (Time for Outrage!). either books became bestsellers in France and all through Europe. either have additionally develop into foundational records underpinning the global protest stream of which Occupy Wall road is the yankee subset.

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The Inequality Hoax (Encounter Broadsides)

The controversy over inequality has accumulated steam with the booklet of Thomas Piketty’s new ebook, Capital within the Twenty-First Century, a dense paintings of monetary background that files the increase of source of revenue inequality in contemporary a long time and units forth an schedule of taxation to house it. Piketty’s treatise has changed into a rallying aspect for these favoring source of revenue redistribution and better taxes at the rich.

In this Broadside, James Piereson explains how Piketty’s booklet is defective and advances a slender knowing of the marketplace method. whereas misjudging the period during which we live and false impression the assets of inequality, Piketty’s e-book proposes ideas that might make issues worse for everybody – the rich, the center category, and the bad alike.

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Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology: A Research Annual

The gathering contains refereed articles on themes in fiscal technique and the historical past of economics, together with Austrian monetary technique and Wesley Mitchell. evaluation essays on new guides conceal such themes as Adam Smith, John Kenneth Galbraith, Friedrich Nietzsche, Joseph Schumpeter, Janos Kornai, the Chicago university, French econometrics, monetary economics, financial method, economists in parliament, the repeal of the Corn legislation, and the function of nation energy in economics.

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On The Reproduction Of Capitalism: Ideology And Ideological State Apparatuses

By Louis Althusser

Louis Althusser’s popular brief textual content ‘Ideology and Ideological country Apparatuses’ noticeably remodeled the concept of the topic, the certainty of the state and even the very frameworks of cultural, political and literary conception. The textual content has inspired thinkers such as Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau and Slavoj Žižek.

The piece is, in truth, an extract from a far longer book, On the copy of Capitalism, before unavailable in English. Its booklet makes attainable a reappraisal of seminal Althusserian texts already to be had in English, their position in Althusser’s oeuvre and the relevance of his principles for modern idea. On the Reproduction of Capitalism develops Althusser’s perception of historical materialism, outlining the stipulations of reproduction in capitalist society and the innovative fight for its overthrow.

Written within the afterglow of may possibly 1968, the textual content addresses a query that maintains to hang-out us this present day: in a society that pronounces its attachment to the beliefs of liberty and equality, why can we witness the ever-renewed reproduction of kinfolk of domination? either a conceptually innovative textual content and a key theoretical device for activists, On the copy of Capitalism is a necessary addition to the corpus of the twentieth-century Left.

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After the Future

After the longer term explores our century-long obsession with the concept that of "the future." starting with F. T. Marinetti's "Futurist Manifesto" and the global race towards a brand new and hugely mechanized society that outlined the "Century of Progress," hugely revered media activist Franco Berardi lines the genesis of future-oriented suggestion during the punk circulation of the early '70s and into the media revolution of the '90s. Cyberculture, the final actually utopian imaginative and prescient of the long run, has resulted in a conflict, and left in the back of an ever-growing approach of digital lifestyles and genuine demise, of digital wisdom and genuine war.

Our destiny, Berardi argues, has come and long gone; the concept that has misplaced its usefulness. Now it is our accountability to come to a decision what comes next.

Drawing on his personal involvement with the Autonomia flow in Italy and his collaboration and friendship with top thinkers of the eu political left, together with Félix Guattari and Antonio Negri, Berardi offers a hugely nuanced research of the country of the modern operating classification, and charts a path out of the trendy dystopian moment.

Franco Berardi, greater identified within the usa as "Bifo," is an Italian autonomist thinker and media activist. one of many founders of the infamous Radio Alice, a pirate radio station that turned the voice of the self sustaining adolescence circulate of Bologna within the past due Seventies, Bifo is the writer of a number of works of conception, together with the lately released The Soul at Work and "The Post-Futurist Manifesto."

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Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy

By Richard Gilman-Opalsky

Regardless of contemporary crises within the economy, uprisings in Greece, France, and Bolivia, around the globe decline of religion in neoliberal alternate guidelines, deepening ecological catastrophes, and worldwide deficits of learned democracy, we nonetheless reside in an period of "spectacular capitalism." yet what's "spectacular capitalism?" astounding capitalism is the dominant mythology of capitalism that disguises its inner good judgment and denies the macroeconomic truth of the truly latest capitalist international. taking up this elusive mythology, and those that too simply settle for it, Richard Gilman-Opalsky exposes the manipulative and self-serving narrative of marvelous capitalism.

Drawing at the paintings of man Debord, Gilman-Opalsky argues that the speculation of perform and perform of concept are outdated by way of upheavals that do the paintings of philosophy. you can ask: Who greater increases questions about private and non-private spheres of impression and keep watch over, Jürgen Habermas or the water warfare activists who made a uprising in Cochabamba, Bolivia within the spring of 2000? Or, has any sociological theorist performed larger than the Zapatistas to reframe and lift questions about indigenous identification? Spectacular Capitalism makes the case not just for a brand new philosophy of praxis, yet for praxis itself because the supply mechanism for philosophy for the sphere of human motion, of contestation and clash, to elevate at once the main impossible to resist questions on the reality and morality of the prevailing scenario.

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Gotcha Capitalism: How Hidden Fees Rip You Off Every Day-and What You Can Do About It

By Bob Sullivan

What is Gotcha Capitalism?

Coughing up $4 charges for ATM transactions. Iron-clad cellular phone contracts you can’t get out of with a crowbar. Paying tremendous dollars for assurance you don’t want on a condo automobile or forking over $20 an afternoon for supposedly “free” instant web. on a daily basis we use banks, cellphones, and charge cards. each day we booklet resorts and airline tickets. and each day we get ripped off.
How? listed here are quite a few examples of ways large enterprise can get you:

• You didn’t replenish the condo automobile with gas?
Gotcha! fuel charges $7 a gallon here.
• Your financial institution stability fell to $999.99 for one day?
Gotcha! That’ll be $12.
• You pass over one cost on that 18-month same-as-cash loan?
Gotcha! That’ll be $512 extra.
• You’re at some point past due on that electrical bill?
Gotcha! your entire charge cards now have a 29.99% curiosity rate.

But no longer much longer. In Gotcha Capitalism, MSNBC.com’s “Red Tape Chronicles” columnist Bob Sullivan exposes the methods we’re all cheated by means of giant enterprise, and teaches us find out how to get our cash back–proven concepts which could assist you store greater than $1,000 a yr.

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