Material interest includes more general needs (food, water, shelter) but is also always particular and has integrated particular desires and forms of needs (not just food proper, people conceive of food in particular). Material fears are their fears that come from social situations and the material conditions. Many people have a general fear of invasive control into their personal lives. The particular form of that fear is contingent on what could enable that. The (Western) totalitarian fear as it exists today involves fears that are particularized through the relationship to mass media, surveillance, and the party-centered nation-state.
Last week I had the pleasure of being published by Cosmonaut magazine. You can read the piece, “More Acid than Communism” here. Now that the piece has been out for a while I wanted to write a little bit from a more personal perspective about my concerns with Acid Communism and the opportunities and roadblocks … Continue reading New Published Article: “More Acid than Communism” and post-script
I. New Production, New Technique? *** On April 23rd, 1934, Walter Benjamin gave an address to the Institute for the Study of Fascism, Paris, titled "The Author as Producer." In it, Benjamin gives a singular summation of the issue he is most known for addressing, what would later become the foundation of his famous "The … Continue reading Recreation as a Subject of Production: Video Games & Material Analysis
Since the publication of Mark Fisher's collected writings in the K-Punk compendium, there has been some discussion over the last piece in the collection - his incomplete introduction to the unwritten book Acid Communism. While some have found the piece inspiring in its attempt to push beyond Capitalist Realism, some have found it to be … Continue reading Acid Communism as Demand
"Proletarian revolutions criticize themselves constantly, interrupt themselves continually in their own course, come back to the apparently accomplished in order to begin it afresh, deride with unmerciful thoroughness the inadequacies, weaknesses and paltryness of their first attempts, seem to throw down their adversary only that he may draw new strength from the earth and rise … Continue reading The Biography, The Accounting of Life, Will Come – (Blanchot, Judgement, the Question of Political Redemption)
"...in the grim dark future there is only war." As I continue to ponder what, precisely, my politics are - and how I can understand The Political in connection to said politics - I decided it might be worthwhile to attempt a kind of critique against some of my favorite fiction to draw out my … Continue reading Some odd thoughts: Warhammer 40k & Politics
I “...the negative itself, we may say, has reduced all these individuals, not to their most elementary essence as commodity and labor power (as Lukacs argued in History and Class Consciousness), but precisely to their elemental power as negation and revolutionary refusal, as agency, as a form of revolt in which they are all equal … Continue reading Sinful Dialectic