The theology of ethical consumerism

Originally posted on An und für sich:

I wrote a few weeks ago about the ideological function of free will : we don’t blame people because they have free will, we say they have free will so we can blame them. In the theological realm, the goal of granting us free will isn’t to enhance our dignity or the meaningfulness of our life, but to make sure God has someone to blame for all the bad things that happen — and I believe we can apply the principle of a homology between the theological and the political realm here as well.

A perfect example of this is dynamic is ethical consumerism. It often strikes me as bizarre that we’re even given a choice between the gross processed food and the healthy organic food, or between the hideously wasteful product and the ecologically conscious product — much less that the “price signals” are invariably tilted toward the bad…

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an article against irony, hipsterism, critical hyper-flexivity, and pseudo-nihilistic snark

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Gastón Gordillo on The Oceanic Void

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:

ocean 1 Fascinating preview of a piece by Gastón Gordillo on ‘ The Oceanic Void ‘ which is forthcoming in an edited book on Deleuze and space, and also part of his planned book on the theory of terrain. Among other things it engages with the work of Philip Steinberg, John Protevi and Levi Bryant.

My interview with Gastón for Society and Space is almost complete, and his responses are very interesting. The interview mainly discusses his forthcoming book Rubble: The Afterlife of Destruction, but also his earlier book Landscape of Devils, the terrain project and his blog. I’ll post a link here as soon as it’s published.

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Poulantzas’s State, Power, Socialism as a Modern Classic

Originally posted on Bob Jessop:

Note: this is the long version of a chapter published in German as ‘Kapitalistischer Staatstyp und autoritärer Etatismus. Poulantzas’s Staatstheorie als moderner Klassik’, in L. Bretthauer et al., eds, Poulantzas Lesen: Zur Aktualität marxistischer Staatstheorie, Hamburg: VSA, 65-81; and retranslated in its short version in 2011 as ‘Poulantzas’s State, Power, Socialism as a modern classic’, in L. Bretthauer et al., eds, Reading Poulantzas, London: Merlin, 42-55.

Poulantzas claimed that State, Power, Socialism, his last major work, completed the theory of the capitalist type of state that Marx and Engels had left unfinished (1978a). While this immodest but provocative claim certainly merits discussion, it cannot be seriously evaluated in a short essay. Instead I will advance four main arguments. First, Poulantzas developed a major original contribution to the theory of the capitalist type of state that goes well beyond most conventional Marxist analyses and contrasts markedly with studies of the state…

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Deleuze’s Negotiations (pdf)

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Spent? Capitalism’s growing problem with anxiety.

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Seminario Deleuze-Foucault (2014)

Originally posted on Foucault News:

Debates Actuales de la Teoría Política Contemporánea

El Objetivo de las jornadas es crear un espacio para un genuino debate en torno de problemas políticos reales realizando propuestas y contribuciones concretas. Buscamos desarrollar nuevas prácticas de análisis político a través de un ejercicio de pensamiento colectivo.

Seminario Deleuze-Foucault

7 encuentros semanales los días miércoles de 19 a 21:30 (22hs). A cargo de distintos expositores, que presentrán una propuesta durante una hora y realizaremos a continuación una discusión de una hora y media.
Buenos Aires, Argentina


Dentro del planteo general del programa de trabajo de Debates Actuales de la Teoría Política Contemporánea para el 2014, encontramos pertinentes las teorizaciones de Gilles Deleuze y Michel Foucault para abordar las problemáticas que consideramos cruciales para comprender nuestro presente.

Pensamos en estos dos autores como máquinas de guerra que nos permiten atravesar un territorio escarpado, habitado por problemas que hacen a la política…

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