Economy of the War Machine (Part I of IV)

Originally posted on speculative materialism:

Part I. An Introduction to the economic model proposed in A Thousand Plateaus

Did you know that in Chapter 9 of A Thousand Plateaus Deleuze & Guattari outline an ordinal concept of value aligned with, in continuation of, and subsidiary to that which is developed throughout the heterodox economic project that is Deleuze’s oeuvre? Or that in Chapter 1 (Introduction: Rhizome) of TP D&G outline three models of economics, prioritizing development of the third model over the other two; and then in Chapter 12 (Treatise On Nomadology –the War Machine) elaborate first a sketch –part history, part non-fiction, at times approaching science fiction– what an actualization of this third model might involve, and second an itemization of some issues to address when attempting to move forward or even implement its notion. Chapter 9 (Micropolitics & Segmentarity) then –or rather the concept of ordinal value outlined in Chapter 9– acts as…

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Confrontation: Paris, 1968

I am going to show part of this in class tomorrow to help students get a sense of May 1968.

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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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