Things have been getting busy for me recently. On the one hand that includes the drudgery of making money, on the other hand it's also because I've been working on several creative projects. One of those projects just dropped its first little bit of content: the premier episode of the Radical Thoughts Podcast. Radical Thoughts … Continue reading Radical Thoughts Premier Episode: Culture & Materialism
Transgression, in fact, is a private affair, but a private affair which moves one beyond oneself. It is communal, but not public. The word "secret" pairs well with transgression. *** To engage in the political is to also realize that which is not political, and in so doing find how those categories that appear as oppositions relate … Continue reading Fragments on Transgression
The following is a first part of a critique of Byung-Chul Han's In the Swarm. This will respond to the first chapter. I. NO RESPECT "Respect presupposes a distanced look - the pathos of distance. Today, it is yielding to the obtrusive staring of spectacle…. A society without respect, without the pathos of distance, paves … Continue reading Critique of Swarm – Part 1
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
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)