How the World Swung to the Right: Fifty Years of Counterrevolutions Semiotexte / Intervention Series

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Semiotext(e) #ad - The counterrevolutions began with a first phase of deregulation and ideological counter-attacks, and the fall of the so-called “real” communisms. These policies were implemented, surprisingly, not only by the right but often by the establishment left. Cusset argues that in the face of this betrayal, conflict is the one thing we can still salvage from the notion of the “left.

What we need today, are new sites of conflict that multiply the causes of struggle and the sites of mobilization, he contends, linking socioeconomic struggle with questions of identity and the urgency of ecology. How the world swung to the right provides a comprehensive overview of this reactionary, cynical, individualist, and belligerent shift, which often has been cloaked in the guise of entertainment and good intentions.

How the World Swung to the Right: Fifty Years of Counterrevolutions Semiotexte / Intervention Series #ad - An examination of the reactionary, and belligerent shift in global politics to the right, individualist, cynical, implemented both by the right and the establishment left. Systemic, euphemized, insidious and structural violence has increased. It is now objectively measurable by the gulf in revenues, or by the menace of ecological apocalypse, by subjective malaise, and also by their constant exacerbation.

From how the world swung to the rightdespite a few zones of active resistance―the alter-globalization movement, the Arab springs, the Chiapas uprisings, and the recent resistance to racialized police brutality and environmental and genocidal warfare in the United States―the last half-century has been witness to an undeniable global shift to the right.

. The 1990s inaugurated a global biopolitical turn and the financialization of the economy; the 2000s hammered in neoliberal gains through the alliance of ultraliberalism with neoconservatism.

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Carceral Capitalism Semiotexte / Intervention Series

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Semiotext(e) #ad - What psychic toll does this have on residents? how does it feel to be routinely dehumanized and exploited by the police?―from Carceral CapitalismIn this collection of essays in Semiotexte's Intervention series, Jackie Wang examines the contemporary incarceration techniques that have emerged since the 1990s.

Essays on the contemporary continuum of incarceration: the biopolitics of juvenile delinquency, predatory policing, the political economy of fees and fines, and algorithmic policing. What we see happening in ferguson and other cities around the country is not the creation of livable spaces, but the creation of living hells.

Carceral Capitalism Semiotexte / Intervention Series #ad - As technologies of control are perfected, carcerality tends to bleed into society. Predatory lending has a decidedly spatial character and exists in many forms, payday loans, including subprime mortgage loans, car loans, rent-to-own scams, student loans for sham for-profit colleges, and bail bond loans.

Parasitic governance, confinement, automation, extraction and looting, Wang argues, operates through five primary techniques: financial states of exception, and gratuitous violence. The essays illustrate various aspects of the carceral continuum, the political economy of fees and fines, including the biopolitics of juvenile delinquency, cybernetic governance, predatory policing, and algorithmic policing.

While these techniques of governance often involve physical confinement and the state-sanctioned execution of black Americans, new carceral modes have blurred the distinction between the inside and outside of prison. When people are trapped in a cycle of debt it also can affect their subjectivity and how they temporally inhabit the world by making it difficult for them to imagine and plan for the future.

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Gore Capitalism Semiotexte / Intervention Series

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Semiotext(e) #ad - Valencia argues that violence itself has become a product within hyper-consumerist neoliberal capitalism, and that tortured and mutilated bodies have become commodities to be traded and utilized for profit in an age of impunity and governmental austerity. In a lucid and transgressive voice, the ups and downs of capital markets, narcopower, Valencia unravels the workings of the politics of death in the context of contemporary networks of hyper-consumption, drug trafficking, and the impunity of the neoliberal state.

. It provides novel categories that allow us to deconstruct what is happening, while proposing vital epistemological tools developed in the convulsive Third World border space of Tijuana. An analysis of contemporary violence as the new commodity of today's hyper-consumerist stage of capitalism. Death has become the most profitable business in existence.

From gore capitalismwritten by the tijuana activist intellectual Sayak Valencia, feminist philosophical approach to the outbreak of violence in Mexico and, Gore Capitalism is a crucial essay that posits a decolonial, more broadly, across the global regions of the Third World. She offers a trenchant critique of masculinity and gender constructions in Mexico, linking their misogynist force to the booming trade in violence.

Gore Capitalism Semiotexte / Intervention Series #ad - This book is essential reading for anyone seeking to analyze the new landscapes of war. She looks at the global rise of authoritarian governments, the deterioration of human rights, the increasing violence against women, and the transformation of certain cities and regions into depopulated, the erosion of civil society, ghostly settings for war.

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Now Semiotexte / Intervention Series

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Semiotext(e) #ad - It is also a call for an unprecedented communism―a communism stronger than nation and country. A new political critique from the authors of The Coming Insurrection, calling for a “destituent process” of outright refusal and utter indifference to government. Now is the phantom chapter to the invisible committee's previous book, to our friends: a new critique from the anonymous collective that establishes their opposition to the world of capital and its law of labor, addresses current anti-terrorist rhetoric and the ferocious repression that comes with it, and clarifies the end of social democracy and the growing rumors of the need for a coming “civil war.

Now emerges at a time when the invisible committee's contestation has found echoes throughout the West, a growing urgency for opposition, a return of the theme of the Commune, an inept weariness on the part of the political system, with a collapse of trust in the police, a vanishing distinction between radicals and citizens, and a widespread refusal on the part of the citizen to be governed.

Now Semiotexte / Intervention Series #ad - . It is a path that calls for taking over the world and not taking power, for exploring new forms of life and not a new constitution, and for desertion and silence as alternatives to proclamations and crashes. As farcical political elections continue to unfold worldwide like a line of tumbling dominoes, and governments increasingly struggle to reclaim a legitimacy that has already slipped out of their grasp, Now clarifies the Invisible Committee's attitude toward all such elections and their outcome: one of utter indifference.

Now proposes a “destituent process” that charts out a different path to be taken, a path of outright refusal that simply ignores elections altogether.

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Breathing: Chaos and Poetry Semiotexte / Intervention Series

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Semiotext(e) #ad - In breathing, he tries to envision poetry as the excess of the field of signification, as the premonition of a possible harmony inscribed in the present chaos. The uprising was a genealogical diagnosis. Breathing is an essay on poetical therapy. In breathing, franco "bifo" berardi comes back to the subject that was the core of his 2011 book, capital,  The Uprising: the place of poetry in the relations between language, and possibility.

In the uprising,  he focuses on poetry as an anticipation of the trend toward abstraction that led to the present form of financial capitalism. The increasingly chaotic rhythm of our respiration, and the sense of suffocation that grows everywhere: an essay on poetical therapy. Since the hopeful days of the occupy movement, many things have changed in the respiration of the world, and we have entered a cycle of spasm, despair, and chaos.

Breathing: Chaos and Poetry Semiotexte / Intervention Series #ad - Breathing is a book about the increasingly chaotic rhythm of our respiration, about the sense of suffocation that grows everywhere. I can't breathe. These words panted by eric garner before dying, strangled by a police officer on the streets of  Staten Island, capture perfectly catching the overall sentiment of our time.

How we deal with chaos, as we know that those who fight against chaos will be defeated, because chaos feeds upon war? How do we deal with suffocation? Is there a way out from the corpse of financial capitalism? .

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Whites, Jews, and Us: Toward a Politics of Revolutionary Love Semiotexte / Intervention Series

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Semiotext(e) #ad - A scathing critique of the Left from an indigenous anti-colonial perspective. Why am i writing this book? because i share Gramsci's anxiety: “The old are dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear. The fascist monster, born in the entrails of Western modernity.

. There is only one way: revolutionary love. From whites, and uswith whites, the republican pact, and us, reflecting on frantz fanon's political legacy, Jews, Jews, feminism, the Shoah, Houria Bouteldja launches a scathing critique of the European Left from an indigenous anti-colonial perspective, the creation of Israel, and the fate of postcolonial immigration in the West in the age of rising anti-immigrant populism.

Whites, Jews, and Us: Toward a Politics of Revolutionary Love Semiotexte / Intervention Series #ad - Of course, the West is not what it used to be. Bouteldja challenges widespread assumptions among the left in the united states and europe―that anti-Semitism plays any role in Arab–Israeli conflicts, for example, or that philo-Semitism doesn't in itself embody an oppressive position; that feminism or postcolonialist theory is free of colonialism; that integrationalism is a solution rather than a problem; that humanism can be against racism when its very function is to support the political-ideological apparatus that Bouteldja names the “white immune system.

At this transitional moment in the history of the west―which is to say, at the moment of its decline―Bouteldja offers a call for political unity that demands the recognition that whiteness is not a genetic question: it is a matter of power, and it is high time to dismantle it. This semiotexte/intervention series English-language edition includes a foreword by Cornel West.

Drawing upon such prominent voices as james Baldwin, and Jean Genet, Malcolm X, she issues a polemical call for a militant anti-racism grounded in the concept of revolutionary love. Such love will not come without significant discomfort for whites, and without necessary provocation.

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The Coming Insurrection Semiotexte / Intervention Series

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Semiotext(e) #ad - Used book in Good Condition. A call to arms by a group of French intellectuals that rejects leftist reform and aligns itself with younger, wilder forms of resistance.

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A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None Forerunners: Ideas First

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Univ Of Minnesota Press #ad - Tracing the color line of the anthropocene, A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None examines how the grammar of geology is foundational to establishing the extractive economies of subjective life and the earth under colonialism and slavery. Yusoff initiates a transdisciplinary conversation between feminist black theory, materiality, addressing the politics of the Anthropocene within the context of race, deep time, geography, and the earth sciences, and the afterlives of geology.

Used book in Good Condition. Forerunners is a thought-in-process series of breakthrough digital works. This is gray literature publishing: where intense thinking, change, and speculation take place in scholarship. Written between fresh ideas and finished books, conference plenaries, Forerunners draws on scholarly work initiated in notable blogs, social media, journal articles, and the synergy of academic exchange.

A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None Forerunners: Ideas First #ad - . Rewriting the “origin stories” of the Anthropocene No geology is neutral, writes Kathryn Yusoff.

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To Our Friends Semiotexte / Intervention Series

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Semiotext(e) #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Its political ambition is immodest: to produce a shared understanding of the epoch, in spite of the extreme confusion of the present. A reflection on, and an extension of, the ideas laid out seven years ago in The Coming Insurrection. The invisible committee's the coming insurrection was a phenomenon, celebrated in some quarters and inveighed against in others, publicized in media that ranged from campus bulletin boards to Fox News.

. Seven years later, the invisible Committee follows up their premonitory manifesto with a new book, To Our Friends. From the invisible committee:In 2007 we published The Coming Insurrection in France. It must be acknowledged that a number of assertions by the Invisible Committee have since been confirmed, starting with the first and most essential: the sensational return of the insurrectionary phenomenon.

To Our Friends Semiotexte / Intervention Series #ad - Who would have bet a kopeck, on the political awakening of brazil, on the overthrow of ben ali or mubarak through street action, on a movement of plaza occupations in the united States, on the revolt of young people in Quebec, to organize, on the fires set French-style in the English or Swedish banlieues, on the creation of an insurrectionary commune in the very heart of Istanbul, seven years ago, to transport themselves to the four corners of the world, the agents of the Invisible Committee have continued to fight, or on the rebellion that spread throughout Greece in December of 2008?During the seven years that separate The Coming Insurrection from To Our Friends, to wherever the fires were lit, and to debate with comrades of every tendency and every country.

Its words issue from the turmoil and are addressed to those who still believe sufficiently in life to fight as a consequence. To our friends is a report on the state of the world and of the movement, a piece of writing that's essentially strategic and openly partisan. Thus to our friends is written at the experiential level, in connection with that general movement.

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The Administration of Fear Semiotexte / Intervention Series

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Semiotext(e) #ad - With the nuclear dissuasion of the cold War behind us, we are faced with a new form of civil dissuasion: a state of fear that allows for the suspension of controversial social situations. For virilio, but just further evidence that capitalism has accelerated into turbo-capitalism, as some have claimed, the economic catastrophe of 2007 was not the death knell of capitalism, and is accelerating still.

In this new and lengthy interview, paul virilio shows us how the “propaganda of progress, ” the illuminism of new technologies, provide unexpected vectors for fear in the way that they manufacture frenzy and stupor. Globalization has progressively eaten away at the traditional prerogatives of states most notably of the welfare state, and states have to convince citizens that they can ensure their physical safety.

The Administration of Fear Semiotexte / Intervention Series #ad - Stock-market crises, lightning pandemics, undifferentiated terrorism, “professional” suicides. Used book in Good Condition. A new interview with the philosopher of speed, addressing the ways in which technology is utilized in synchronizing mass emotions. We are living under the administration of fear: fear has become an environment, an everyday landscape.

With every natural disaster, and malicious rumor now comes the inevitable “information bomb”―live feeds take over real space, and technology connects life to the immediacy of terror, health scare, the ultimate expression of speed.

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The Making of the Indebted Man: An Essay on the Neoliberal Condition Semiotexte / Intervention Series

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Semiotext(e) #ad - Used book in Good Condition. In the making of the indebted man, maurizio Lazzarato shows that, far from being a threat to the capitalist economy, debt lies at the very core of the neoliberal project. A new and radical reexamination of today's neoliberalist “new economy” through the political lens of the debtor/creditor relation.

The debtor-creditor relation, in it, consumers and producers, there is no distinction between workers and the unemployed, working and non-working populations, since, which is at the heart of this book, sharpens mechanisms of exploitation and domination indiscriminately, between retirees and welfare recipients.

Semiotext e. To insure that we honor our debts, we are at once encouraged and compelled to become the “entrepreneurs” of our lives, of our “human capital. In this way, our entire material, psychological, and affective horizon is upended and reconfigured. How do we extricate ourselves from this impossible situation? How do we escape the neoliberal condition of the indebted man? Lazzarato argues that we will have to recognize that there is no simple technical, economic, or financial solution.

The Making of the Indebted Man: An Essay on the Neoliberal Condition Semiotexte / Intervention Series #ad - Semiotext e. They are all 'debtors, ' guilty and responsible in the eyes of capital, the Universal, which has become the Great, Creditor. From the making of the indebted ManDebt―both public debt and private debt―has become a major concern of economic and political leaders. We must instead radically challenge the fundamental social relation structuring capitalism: the system of debt.

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