Postone on power, structure and agency

A recurring question that students raise is, in one way or another, a question about the relationship between social structures and human agency (e.g. the regulatory power of state education and the agency of teachers). I encountered this again at a recent conference, where the discussion about the progressive potential of co-operatives became a discussion about the power … Continue reading Postone on power, structure and agency

Peter Hudis – Alternatives to Capitalism

I have recently finished Peter Hudis' book, 'Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism'. It is one of the most interesting and useful books that I've read in some time. Below, he discusses the topic of the book with reference to Occupy, worker co-ops and other contemporary responses to capital. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJEn4Msv3b0 The audio significantly improves … Continue reading Peter Hudis – Alternatives to Capitalism

Writing, craft and method: Postone’s Notes on the German Reaction to ‘Holocaust’

Anti-Semitism and National Socialism: Notes on the German Reaction to "Holocaust" (PDF) I have read Moishe Postone's article a number of times. Today, I sent it to a friend with the following message: A bit off the wall, but I've attached one of my favourite articles. There's probably a time and a place to read … Continue reading Writing, craft and method: Postone’s Notes on the German Reaction to ‘Holocaust’

Wikileaks and the limits of protocol

In this chapter, I reflect on Wikileaks and its use of technology to achieve freedom in capitalist society. Wikileaks represents an avant-garde form of media (i.e. networked, cryptographic), with traditional liberal values: opposing power and seeking the truth. At times, http://wikileaks.org appears broken and half abandoned and at other times, it is clearly operating beyond … Continue reading Wikileaks and the limits of protocol

Reading The Cybernetic Hypothesis

Tiqqun was a French journal that published two issues in 1999 and 2001.1 The authors wrote as an editorial collective of seven people in the first edition and went uncredited in the second edition. More recently, one member of the original collective, Fulvia Carnevale, has said that: I would like to say … Continue reading Reading The Cybernetic Hypothesis

  1. http://www.archive.org/details/Tiqqun1 ; http://www.archive.org/details/Tiqqun2 []