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Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 01:36 am
Capitalism: doesn't it make you (mentally) sick?

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imomus
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imomus
Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 10:45 am (UTC)

I would read Badiou for confirmation that "being is a multiplicity without degree, of purely mathematical determination". I would not read Badiou for analysis of how and why the credit crunch has wiped out neo-liberalism.


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imomus
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Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 11:01 am (UTC)

I'm sorry to say that I feel there's been something of a "theory crunch" recently, as events in the real world have far outstripped the imagination of anyone writing theory, and especially the "usual suspects" of 1980s art bookstores like Badiou and Deleuze.

At the same time, though, some neglected thinkers have been thrown to the fore by the current crisis. I'm preparing an entry on "economic mystics" like Michael Ende, Hans Christoph Binswanger and Silvio Gesell.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)

Not to be too terribly pedantic, but both of the Badiou books I've mentioned were published in the 2000s. I've just gotten out of grad school, and was laid off by the university I taught for - so the real, job-less, utterly grim post-credit crunch world is very much in the forefront for me. Scraping by in car-hell Los Angeles will make a man think, you know.

Despite Badiou's unfortunate latent Maoism (I'm a grumpy Trotskyist), he's quite a brilliant thinker -- one who, I believe, would cock an eye at any assertion of neo-liberalism's demise. We're very much in the thick of it; any so-called "post-modern" reading of the world's events further reinforces capitalist hegemony.

Ugh. Typing "hegemony" makes me sick to my stomach. Can we just agree on Man=Man and Charlie Chaplin, and leave it at that?


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xyzedd
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xyzedd
Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)

Oh, please don't, Momus! I have so little of my brain left as it is, and I've not heard of a single one of those names, and I don't understand a farthing about economic theory.

That said, I'm sure those chaps are all very interesting and your entry will be fabulous.


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