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a new regime of accumulation archive/dissertation inspo/anti-capitalism

Third, we need a legal framework for a new regime of accumulation. This takes vision; it's today's equivalent of what a social democratic or socialist economic policy used to be. It means bringing state back in, not only as neutral gatekeepers of economic fair play but as a volonté générale tha...

—p.58 SpongeBob, Why Don't You Work Harder? (54) by Christoph Spehr
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the myth of scarcity inspo/anti-capitalism

The time is past due when hackers must come together with workers and farmers--with all of the producers of the world--to liberate productive and inventive resources from the myth of scarcity. The time is past due for new form of association to be created that can steer the world away from its de...

—p.23 Abstraction (1) by McKenzie Wark
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the overthrow of the capitalist media system inspo/anti-capitalism

[...] Smythe does not celebrate audiences as always rebelling and does not argue for social-democratic reformism that tolerates exploitation and misery. His analysis rather implies the need for the overthrow of capitalism in order to humanize society and the overthrow of the capitalist media syst...

—p.91 Dallas Smythe and Audience Labour Today (74) by Christian Fuchs
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there's no such thing as taxpayer money topic/taxation

Not only is the “taxpayer money” frame damaging, it doesn’t reflect how public spending actually works. A household or a business may have to stash or borrow money before it can spend any, but we are users of the currency. The U.S. government, which is the issuer of the currency, works differentl...

The Dangerous Myth of 'Taxpayer Money' missing author
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we focus on the rank and file inspo/anti-capitalism

In the months after the election, the media focused on tech leadership. Who did or did not trek to Trump Tower? How much diversity of opinion was there in this room of white people? How far would they Lean In to fascism? Who cares?

We focus on the rank and file, because the reality is that...

—p.12 Far From Mar-a-Lago (8) missing author
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automation from the point of view of capital

[...] what characterizes a capitalist economy is that this surplus of time and energy is not simply released, but must be constantly reabsorbed in the cycle of production of exchange value leading to increasing accumulation of wealth by the few (the collective capitalist) at the expense of the ma...

—p.387 Red Stack Attack! (379) by Tiziana Terranova
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accelerationism as an anti-capitalist strategy inspo/anti-capitalism

[...] The abstract processes of decoding that capitalism sets off must be contained by improvised archaisms. lest capitalism cease being capitalism. Similarly, markets may or may not be the self-organising meshworks described by Fernand Braudel and Manuel DeLanda, but what is certain is that capi...

—p.345 Terminator vs Avatar (335) by Mark Fisher
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no map is available inspo/anti-capitalism

No existing social theory is sufficiently powerful to even begin to construct such a comprehensive chart of possible social destinations beyond capitalism. It may well be that such a theory is impossible even in principle—social change is too complex and too deeply affected by contingent concaten...

Compass Points: Towards a Socialist Alternative by Erik Olin Wright
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limits of possibility are not independent of beliefs about limits inspo/anti-capitalism

The exploration of viable alternatives brackets the question of their practical achievability under existing social conditions. Some have questioned the value of discussing theoretically viable alternatives if they are not strategically achievable. The response to such sceptics would be that ther...

Compass Points: Towards a Socialist Alternative by Erik Olin Wright
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the effects of a single systemic cause

[...] Against the postmodernist suspicion of grand narratives, we need to reassert that, far from being isolated, contingent problems, these are all the effects of a single systemic cause: Capital. We need to begin, as if for the first time, to develop strategies against a Capital which presents ...

—p.77 Marxist Supernanny (71) by Mark Fisher
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capitalism is not good enough inspo/anti-capitalism

[...] The most fundamental problem with capitalism, and the reason it must be rejected, is that it is structured, in its very operation, to make it impossible for millions and even billions to be free in any meaningful sense. The critique of capitalism has little to do with how well it provides...

—p.241 Disassembly Required, or, This Will Not Be Easy (199) by Geoff Mann
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the best so far inspo/anti-capitalism

[...] Some, of course, hedge their bets, saying capitalism is "the best we can do," or the "least bad" way of organizing our political economic lives. That, it seems to me, is horseshit, and not a shred of evidence supports it. At my most generous, I might grant that capitalism, relative to what ...

—p.241 Disassembly Required, or, This Will Not Be Easy (199) by Geoff Mann
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anticapitalists must control the state

[...] This is what Gramsci and Poulantzas, in their own ways, said too. At present, the state, within its territory and in its participation in multilaterial institutions and contracts, is the essential means by which capital's hegemony is legitimized and protected. Consequently, it is the princi...

—p.237 Disassembly Required, or, This Will Not Be Easy (199) by Geoff Mann
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however radical we might imagine our politics

[...] however "radical" we might imagine our politics, we must recognize ourselves in it. If we cannot see in it the actual material and social constraints experienced by real living individuals and groups in their everyday attempts to make and remake a way to be in the world, then we will never ...

—p.224 Disassembly Required, or, This Will Not Be Easy (199) by Geoff Mann
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the whole point of paying workers well inspo/anti-capitalism

[...] The whole point of paying workers well is to keep the system going--in fact, there is a theory in orthodox economics that says this is exactly what "fair" wages do. So as a social justice strategy, wage demands are key. As a social transformation strategy, they are insufficient.

Yet it m...

—p.32 Capitalist Political Economy: Smith to Marx to Keynes and Beyond (17) by Geoff Mann
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the point is not to redistribute capitalist value inspo/anti-capitalism

[...] If higher wages were all that is necessary, Marx would have been no more than a wordy and over-philosophical union activist. The problems, however, are much bigger: the wage relation and capitalist social relations themselves. The point is not to redistribute capitalist value, but to overco...

—p.31 Capitalist Political Economy: Smith to Marx to Keynes and Beyond (17) by Geoff Mann
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a staggering reactor of human creativity topic/financialisation

On the one hand, the financial sector is incredibly creative. Some of the finest and most refined minds of each successive generation are cherry-picked from elite universities hedge-funds, investment banks and their institutional periphery to dream up ever more rapid, cunning and diabolical ways ...

—p.130 Creativity: Parables of the Financialized Imagination (130) by Max Haiven
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financialization encloses virtuosity topic/financialisation

[...] virtuosity, for Virno, is our capacity to create value, and, in an age of cognitive capitalism, it is that capacity that is ever more at stake. Financialization, I suggest, is a key means of capturing, shaping and enclosing virtuosity. What is Wall Street except a massive “machine” (in the ...

—p.125 Play: Coming of Age in the Speculative Pokéconomy (102) by Max Haiven
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sub-prime loans as a form of resistance? topic/financialisation

For our purposes, it should be noted that the entire sub-prime market was based on offering NINJA borrowers a chance for privatized upward class mobility through the lure of home ownership. One way of reading this situation is to suggest that low-income workers accepted the loans as a form of res...

—p.169 Resistance (and its Discontents): Finance, Regulation and Cultural Politics (155) by Max Haiven
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low resistance means high liquidity topic/financialisation

[...] all financial crises are, elementally, crises of liquidity: the fluid convertibility of one form of capital into another [...] In the most recent crisis, derivatives and other securities based on the sub-prime market ceased overnight to be convertible into ready cash or other assets because...

—p.171 Resistance (and its Discontents): Finance, Regulation and Cultural Politics (155) by Max Haiven
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a revolutionary financialized subject inspo/anti-capitalism

Rather, what would a (cultural) politics look like that approached the desires that feed financialization? What sorts of new constituencies and collaborations would need to form to fulfill those desires otherwise? And how could writing and research about financialization not merely point to the “...

—p.188 Conclusions: The Dialectics of Financialized Culture (177) by Max Haiven
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the public-private dichotomy topic/gender-roles topic/literary-theory

The dichotomy drawn here is false-and not false. I mean in reality there's no split. It's the same person who feels and who discourses about epistemology. The problem is that you can't talk about your private life in the course of doing your professional work. You have to pretend that epistemolog...

Me and My Shadow by Jane Tompkins
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when I try to write in my "other" voice inspo/interiority

I don't know how to enter the debate without leaving everything else behind-the birds outside my window, my grief over Janice, just myself as a person sitting here in stocking feet, a little bit chilly because the windows are open, and thinking about going to the bathroom. But not going yet.

*...

Me and My Shadow by Jane Tompkins
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just me and my shadow inspo/criticism inspo/setting

I don't believe we can ever turn upon ourselves in the sense Ellen intends. You can't get behind the thing that casts the shadow. You cast the shadow. As soon as you turn, the shadow falls in another place. Is still your shadow. You have not gotten "behind" yourself. That is why self-consciousnes...

Me and My Shadow by Jane Tompkins
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the human willingness to break ourselves inspo/anti-capitalism

[...] Colds are a referendum on how kind we can be to ourselves, how much we can let ourselves get away with, how small we can allow ourselves to be. They are also reminders of the large and overwhelming power of the systems that want us to be none of these things.

Every day there is some new...

sick day by Helena Fitzgerald