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"This kettle works with the heat of an incandescent light bulb 100W, which the sale is forbidden since September, 2009 (in France). and which see ending their production and their existence within homes. So the revolutionary object finished its life sadly, demonized by the ecology. This project  just tries to pay a kind of tribute, staging the bulb, and its death.The kettle becomes out of order, its status of useful object crosses in a fraction of second, an object of memory, a “former” object. It really works, it does not bring the water to the boil but to an ideal temperature for tea: approximately 85 / 90°C." <3 this
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june 2011 by jannon
Yglesias » The Ideological Point Scoring We Need
um, zizekians take note? or not? liberals are still mostly weaksauce, but liberals have mostly been going "yay!" with the conservative tough-guys in amland going "oh noes!!"
american  anti-semitism  autocrats  conservative  delicious-export  dictatorship  freedom  liberalism  masculinity  politics  racism  revolution  rhetoric  solidarity  support  toughness  zizek 
february 2011 by jannon
Avalon Project - Confederate States of America - Mississippi Secession
"Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization.... The hostility to this institution...has grown until it denies the right of property in slaves...advocates negro equality, socially and politically, and promotes insurrection and incendiarism in our midst....We must either submit to degradation, and to the loss of property worth four billions of money, or we must secede from the Union framed by our fathers, to secure this as well as every other species of property." (revolution via direction of state power?)
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april 2010 by jannon
k-punk: Dialogue with Graham Harman (January 2010)
for deleuzian subject, cf weizman on IDF, but anyway: "the 'politics of the event' articulated (albeit very differently, of course) by Deleuze and Badiou is an elaborate apologetics for an actual political failure. The injunctions to keep faith with the event, the claim that Chronos doesn't matter, only the aeonic event: both are a kind of theology of consolation, akin to Paul's shifting in position when it became clear that Christ was not going to return immediately. Obligatory affirmationism conceals a surreptitious melancholy.... All anyone can say is, 'yes, that's what it's like to attain a militant subjectivity.' ...the important questions are how to engender that kind of subjectivity. What practical steps can be taken? ... that's what I appreciate in Nick Srnicek's approach, the way that he instrumentalizes actor-network theory... what are the actors in any particular network? How can these actors be affected? How can dominant networks be decomposed and new networks installed?"
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february 2010 by jannon
18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte. Karl Marx 1852
"Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living. And just as they seem to be occupied with revolutionizing themselves and things, creating something that did not exist before, precisely in such epochs of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of the past to their service, borrowing from them names, battle slogans, and costumes in order to present this new scene in world history in time-honored disguise and borrowed language." <-- time to read the whole thing
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december 2009 by jannon
Socialism and/or barbarism: Gnawing at the air
the real crux of his zombie argument is in this post, and it is precisely because he seems so wedded to this particular framework of the zombie that I was hunching that he might be missing the point of "28 Weeks Later" (which is vastly, vastly, immensely, enormously superior to "28 Days Later" to the point where I really think we must try to ignore the 'earlier' one or view it only as a kind of almost-irrelevant prequel, dimly remembered, solely necessary as the setup excuse / pretext for something much more important—significantly, "28 Weeks" wasn't directed by danny boyle)
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september 2009 by jannon
R.A. Forum > GRAEBER, David. "The Shock of Victory" (2007)
some anarchist historiography: "there are no clean breaks in history. The flip-side of the . . . clean break . . . is that anything short of that is not really a victory at all. If capitalism is left standing, if it begins to market your once-subversive ideas, it shows that . . . You’ve lost; you’ve been coopted. To me this is absurd. Can we say that feminism lost . . . just because . . . capitalist firms began marketing feminist . . . products? Of course not: unless you’ve managed to destroy capitalism and patriarchy in one fell blow, this is one of the clearest signs that you’ve gotten somewhere. Presumably any effective road to revolution will involve endless moments of cooptation, endless victorious campaigns, endless little insurrectionary moments or moments of flight and covert autonomy. . . . recently, we’ve been winning quite a lot. The question is how to break the cycle of exaltation and despair and . . . create a cumulative movement towards a new society."
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september 2009 by jannon
Lenin before Hegel by Louis Althusser (1969)
provoking, but how is this process without subject as scientific objectivity so different from darwinian interpretation of capitalism à la "there is no alternative"? still, challenge to my weirdo metaphysics. crucial: "there is only one . . . absolute . . . the method or the concept of the process, itself absolute. And as Hegel himself suggested by the beginning of Logic, being = nothingness, and by the very place of Logic, origin negated as origin, Subject negated as Subject, Lenin finds in it a confirmation of the fact that it is absolutely essential . . . to suppress every origin and every subject, and to say: what is absolute is the process without a subject, both in reality and in scientific knowledge. . . . [This is] the . . . materialist dialectic . . . the absoluteness of movement . . . the absolute process of the reality of the method: to be precise, the concept of the fundamental scientific validity of the concept of a process without a subject . . . " (via danched)
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august 2009 by jannon

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