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Feeling free, are we

February 23rd, 2019 · No Comments

“As soon as the corporeal presence of the industrial slave has fully entered the composition of the assessable output of what she can produce—her physiognomy being inseparable from her labor—the distinction between the person and the activity of that person becomes specious. The corporeal presence is already a commodity, independently of and in addition to […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

How much for the lusty wench

February 22nd, 2019 · No Comments

“The vitrified aspect of the face of the Young-Girl must be explained by her status as commodity: She is the crystallization of a certain quantity of labor spent to put her in accordance with the norms of a certain type of exchange. And the form of the Young-Girl’s appearance, which is also that of a […]

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Tags: Economics · Tiqqun

The necessary work

February 20th, 2019 · No Comments

“For the man in the paddock, whose duty it is to sweep up manure, the supreme terror is the possibility of a world without horses. To tell him that it is disgusting to spend one’s life shoveling up horse turds is a piece of imbecility. A man can get to love shit if his livelihood […]

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Tags: Economics · Henry Miller · Lit & Crit

Es verdad, hombre

February 19th, 2019 · No Comments

“El dinero trae desgracia a la felicidad (Money brings disgrace to happiness).” – Yago, pasión morena

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit

I me me mine

February 18th, 2019 · No Comments

“When private property is emptied of all its metaphysical substance, it does not immediately die. It survives, but its content is then only negative: the right to deprive others of the use of our assets.” – Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials For a Theory of the Young-Girl

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Tags: Economics · Tiqqun

Turn-about and fair play

February 10th, 2019 · No Comments

“The rhetoric of the war of the sexes, and thus for now, of women’s revenge, operates as the ultimate ruse through which the logic of virility will have vanquished women without their knowledge: by enclosing them, at the price of a simple role reversal, in the submission/domination alternative, to the exclusion of all else.” – […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Tiqqun

Everybody’s watching

February 9th, 2019 · No Comments

“There is nothing in the Young-Girl’s life, even in the deepest zones of her intimacy, that escapes alienated reflexivity, that escapes the codification and the gaze of the Spectacle. This intimacy strewn with commodities yields entirely to advertising, and is entirely socialized as intimacy, which is to say that she is part-for-part subject to a […]

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Tags: Economics · Tiqqun

Enslaved to our passions

January 27th, 2019 · No Comments

“Nowhere has there been a ‘sexual liberation’—that oxymoron!—but only the pulverization of everything that slowed the total mobilization of desire in view of the production of merchandise. The ‘tyranny of pleasure’ does not incriminate pleasure, but tyranny.” – Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials For a Theory of the Young-Girl (emphasis in original)

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Tags: Economics · Tiqqun

Barefoot in every kitchen

January 26th, 2019 · No Comments

“The supposed liberation of women did not consist in their emancipation from the domestic sphere, but rather in the total extension of the domestic into all of society.” – Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials For a Theory of the Young-Girl

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Tags: Economics · Tiqqun

In her ribbons and her bows

January 22nd, 2019 · No Comments

“The Young-Girl appears as the product and the principal outcome of the formidable surplus crisis of capitalistic modernity. She is the proof and the support of the limitless pursuit of the process of valorization when the process of accumulation proves limited (by the limits of the planet itself, ecological catastrophe, or social implosion).” – Tiqqun, […]

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Tags: Economics · Tiqqun

Will it go round in circles

January 20th, 2019 · No Comments

“Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing. There is always a new tyrant waiting to take over from the old—generally not quite so bad, but still a tyrant. Consequently two viewpoints are always tenable. The one, how can you improve human nature until you have changed the system? […]

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Tags: Economics · George Orwell · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

The iron heel of freedom

January 13th, 2019 · No Comments

“The formal domination of Capital has become more and more real. Consumer society now seeks out its best supporters from among the marginalized elements of traditional society—women and youth first, followed by homosexuals and immigrants. To those who were minorities yesterday, and who had therefore been the most foreign, the most spontaneously hostile to consumer […]

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Tags: Economics · Tiqqun

Everything’s for sale and you’re broke

January 12th, 2019 · No Comments

“At the beginning of the 1920s, capitalism realized that it could no longer maintain itself as the exploitation of human labor if it did not also colonize everything that is beyond the strict sphere of production. Faced with the challenge from socialism, capital too would have to socialize. It had to create its own culture, […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Tiqqun

Instant karma’s come and got you

January 11th, 2019 · No Comments

“If the imperial perspective had a slogan it would be ‘All Power To The Apparatuses!’ It is true that in the coming insurrection it will most often suffice to liquidate the apparatuses sustaining enemies in order to break them, enemies that in times past would have had to be shot. At bottom, the slogan has […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Tiqqun

Or a motorized wheelchair

January 9th, 2019 · No Comments

“A single discussion with a Marxist is enough to understand the real reason for his faith: Marxism serves as an existential crutch for many people who are scared that their world may not in fact be so self-evident.” – Tiqqun, This Is not a Program

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Tiqqun

Every eight seconds

January 5th, 2019 · No Comments

“The immediate affirmation of a need or desire—in so far as it implies a certain knowledge of oneself—ethically contravenes imperial pacification; and it no longer has the justification of militancy. Militancy and its critique are both in different ways compatible with Empire; one as a form of work, the other as a form of powerlessness.” […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Tiqqun

Down tools, walk

January 4th, 2019 · No Comments

“Of the entire putrid legacy of the workers’ movement nothing stinks as much as the culture, and now the cult, of work. It is this culture and this culture alone, with its intolerable ethical blindness and its professional self-hatred, that one hears groaning with each new layoff, with each new proof that work is finished.” […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Tiqqun

The ontic telos of need

January 3rd, 2019 · No Comments

“The logic of the present situation is no longer of an economic but of an ethico-political kind. Work is the linchpin of the citizen factory. As such, it is indeed necessary, as necessary as nuclear reactors, city planning, the police, or television. One has to work because one has to feel one’s existence, at least […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Tiqqun · Verandah

Nice work, if you can get it

January 2nd, 2019 · No Comments

“No one believes in work anymore, but for this very reason faith in its necessity has become all the more insistent. And for those not put off by the total degradation of work into a pure means of domestication, this faith most often turns into fanaticism. It is true that one cannot be a professor, […]

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Tags: Economics · Tiqqun

BBQ Beckies all

January 1st, 2019 · No Comments

“Citizens, insofar as they are made to compensate more and more frequently for the failures of the welfare state, will be paid more and more overtly for their work in comanaging social pacification. A citizen’s dividend will therefore be established as a form of coercion to maintain self-discipline, in the form of strange, extremely tight-knit, […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Tiqqun · Verandah

Watching Paint Dry

December 30th, 2018 · No Comments

“I have come to think that boredom is the worst of all a tramp’s evils, worse than hunger and discomfort, worse even than the constant feeling of being socially disgraced. It is a silly piece of cruelty to confine an ignorant man all day with nothing to do; it is like chaining a dog in […]

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Tags: Economics · George Orwell · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

Sanding and filling

December 22nd, 2018 · No Comments

“Empire is well-armed to fight the two types of secession it recognizes: secession ‘from above’ through golden ghettos—the secession, for example, of global finance from the ‘real economy’ or of the imperial hyperbourgeoisie from the rest of the biolpolitical fabric—and secession ‘from below’ through ‘no-go areas’—housing projects, inner cities, and shanty-towns. Whenever one or the […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Tiqqun

Now get back to work

December 18th, 2018 · No Comments

“Empire is when the means of production have become the means of control and the means of control the means of production. Empire signifies that henceforth the political moment dominates the economic moment. And the general strike is powerless against it. What must be opposed to Empire is the human strike. Which never attacks the […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Tiqqun

In which case I might be wealthy

December 3rd, 2018 · No Comments

“I would not give twopence for a Christian who does not commemorate Christ’s birth every day and keep sober over it.” – George Bernard Shaw, “Chesterton on Shaw”

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Tags: Economics · George Bernard Shaw · Lit & Crit

Neither high nor low

November 29th, 2018 · No Comments

“The Welfare State, which first took over for the liberal State within Empire, is the product of a massive diffusion of disciplines and regimes of subjectivation peculiar to the liberal State. It arises at the very moment when the concentration of these disciplines and these regimes—for example with the widespread practice of risk management—reaches such […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Tiqqun

Everyone’s downwind

November 28th, 2018 · No Comments

“What an intimate brotherhood is this in which we dwell, do what we may to put an artificial remoteness between the high creature and the low one! A poor man’s breath, borne on the vehicle of tobacco-smoke, floats into a palace-window and reaches the nostrils of a monarch. It is but an example, obvious to […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Nathaniel Hawthorne

Setting elements freely against one another

November 15th, 2018 · No Comments

“The liberal State is a frugal State, which claims to exist only to ensure the free play of individual liberties, and to this end it begins by extorting interests from each body, so that it can attach them to these bodies and reign peacefully across this new abstract world.” – Tiqqun, Introduction to Civil War

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Tiqqun

Just a tad

November 13th, 2018 · No Comments

“Man was made to enjoy each day only a small potion of food, colours, sounds, sentiments and ideas. Anything above the allotted quantity tires or intoxicates him; it becomes the idiocy of the drunkard or the ravings of the ecstatic.” – Gustave Flaubert, “Over Strand and Field” (trans. unknown)

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Tags: Economics · Gustave Flaubert · Lit & Crit

Try it and see what happens

November 8th, 2018 · No Comments

“To be truly hospitable you don’t ask someone if they’re thirsty or hungry—you offer them food, you offer them drink. They will not turn down what you put in front of them if they’re hungry and thirsty.” – Patrick Glenn Jeffries, “A Mother’s Earth”

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Tags: Economics · Patrick Glenn Jeffries · Verandah

Taking care of business

November 5th, 2018 · No Comments

“If in doing any kind of work people look after the harmony of the positive and negative factors; if in planting trees they follow the suitable periods of the four seasons; and if at dawn and at dusk there is no suffering from cold or heat; then revenue will be enormous. If important duties are […]

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Tags: Economics · Han Fei Tzu · Politics & Law · The Ancients