Reclaiming A Radical Future

“The Right is primarily after power, in the fight for power (which for example it does not possess in Poland today) it is prepared to advance any leftist slogans that can count on popular appear. Let us speak openly: contempt for ideology is the strength of the Right because it allows for greater flexibility in practice and for the arbitrary use of any facade that will facilitate the seizure of power”  Leszek Kolakowski ‘The Concept of the Left’ With the anti-defamation league recently publishing an article conflating accelerationism with a particularly violent strand of an already reactionary ideology. It occurred to...

Recent Reflections On Value

In a recent television spot the economist, Mariana Mazzucato briefly touched on something which whilst hugely important is often left out of the public debate on economics. Whilst, unfortunately, she was unable to create the space to expound on it fully at 31:00 the following exchange takes place Jo Coburn: What don’t we value enough? Mariana Mazzucato: Well, first of all, we confuse price with value, it used to be that there were big debates about value and that turned into the theory of price, we only put into GDP things that have a price, if you marry your cleaner GDP will go down,...

A Brief Note On Accelerationist Politics

A recent article on the Southern Poverty Law Center defined Accelerationism as “The idea that violence should be used to push Western countries into becoming failed states. Adherents hope the collapse will give rise to radical, presently unthinkable changes in our society.” Now even a cursory glimpse at Land’s infamous A Quick and Dirty Guide…, would disprove anyone of this notion however what perhaps is more interesting is why or how such a definition could have occurred. In the aforementioned article, the primary vehicle of revolutionary change was capitalism itself as a force of deterritorialization and reterritorialization, of decoding, destratification and displacement.  Of course,...

Stalled Union, New Horizons

“I don’t have red lines, I only have horizons.” In a speech delivered near the end of September 2017 at Sorbonne University, the French President, Emmanuel Macron outlined his vision for a post-Brexit Europe. Amongst various statements detailing the struggles facing Europe, he signalled a commitment to common European policies on defence, asylum and taxation. The formation of new European universities, geared towards the adoption of new languages. The creation of a position of finance minister to supervise the 19 member state eurozone area and a European Monetary Fund. His plans for taxation included an expansion of existing laws to allow...

Some Quick Thoughts On “Accelerationist Attitude”

Meta-nomad’s parting shot to the accelerationist community, A Critique of Accelerationist Attitude has certainly provoked some interesting reactions and whilst I wouldn’t necessarily class myself as an accelerationist there is one particular point that I thought worth exploring further. Meta-nomad, quite rightly identifies acceleration as an inhuman philosophy based on the idea that the developed forces of acceleration are often portrayed in such a way to appear almost otherworldly. Land in particular regularly evokes imagery of Cthonic Deities, tentacular machine-gods, super-intelligent AIs. However, Meta-nomad then goes on to critique the fact that those so often commenting on and exploring these forces are themselves all too human or...

Notes on Marx’s 1850 Address to the Communist League

In many ways astonishingly prescient, Marx’s 1850 address to the communist league highlighted many of the struggles that still hamstring ostensibly left-wing workers movements to this day. Whilst the manifesto laid the groundwork for Marx and Engel’s conception of class struggle and a theoretical political and economic program, the mixed fortunes of the 1848 revolutions appeared to necessitate a change in strategy. Rather than the proletariat emerging victorious, it appeared that it was a new democratic bourgeoisie who grasped the reins of the state. This turn of events became even more depressing in Germany given the subsequent moves by the democratic petit-bourgeois...

Notes on “Decoding the Blockchain Revolution”

On Monday I spent just over an hour at a talk hosted by Paul Mason, aimed at using Ignota’s latest release, The White Paper by Satoshi Nakamoto as a springboard to discuss the wider implications of the blockchain, bitcoin and the creation of the eponymous high consequential technical document. There were a number of interesting observations made which I thought might serve as interest to a wider audience so I thought I’d document some of them and offer some of my own thoughts. Thanks to one of the other event attendees (@hautepop) for live tweeting as I am a fairly...

Brexit, Exit and The Unthinkable

In 2010, Eugene Thacker of New York’s The New School, published the first instalment of his Horror of Philosophy series entitled In The Dust Of This Planet. By using the theme of horror as a starting point, Thacker intended to examine and explore the idea of a world becoming increasingly unthinkable, one regularly confronted with emerging pandemics, planetary disasters and looming above everything the eschaton. Whilst it would be somewhat hyperbolic to place Brexit within this category, I believe there might be something to be gained by examing how these themes might still have some relevance to the current conversation. In polls taken almost immediately after the vote, Lord...

Unconditional Democracy (Introduction)

” The democratic element, it is now clear, is not a luxury, or something that can be postponed until conditions are especially favourable” For the past few months, amidst other projects, I’ve been working on a political campaign which at various points has come face to face with numerous democratic challenges. Whilst this has often seemed aggravating it’s also been a perfect opportunity for me to examine my thoughts on the reasserting necessity of democracy in any political project and my own political leanings.   Firstly it’s important to define what exactly is meant by democracy, traditionally democracy would be defined from it’s roots in the greek term...

Finding Power In a European Union

I’ve been posting slightly more sporadically these last couple of weeks as I’ve focused quite a bit of my effort on working on a Diem25 campaign called Take a Break From Brexit which is geared towards seeking an extension to Article 50. As the country draws closer towards, what appears to be some kind of conclusion to the political deadlock although not necessarily one that is going satisfy anyone, it occurred to me that it might be of interest to some to write a little about why I support the campaign as in conversation, there’s been some interest in some of the ideas...