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Halloween & Capital – a note

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Notes Toward a Critique of Technology as Mysticism [I]

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The following notes are derived from study of debates around the advent of information technology & “the internet of things”. They stand as a prelude to a more fundamental critique of Paul Mason’s Postcapitalism: a Guide to Our Future (London: Allen Lane, 2015), which I view as the most advanced of idealist thought on the matter. The starting point, here, is a reflection on the labour-power exercised in the field of marketing.

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Notes on the Crisis of Imperialism: OXI

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Yesterday, Greece said no (or oxi) to austerity. 61.3% of the vote rejected the repayment terms put forward by its creditors – the Troika, the European Central Bank (ECB) & the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Greece is now in default to the IMF.

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A Short Biographical Sketch of Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937)

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Below is a section taken from a speech I delivered at a discussion group a couple of weeks ago on the work of Antonio Gramsci. The speech was intended to offer an introduction to the theory of hegemony – that is, the theory of how ideas & ideology operate as dominant within a totality of society. The section reproduced constitutes a short, biographical sketch of Gramsci himself. This provides context, much need in discussions of the theory of hegemony, the Italian Communist Party & fascism. Equally, a glance at Gramsci’s life rather deftly dispels any distortions of his character, toward a parliamentarian liberal or else merely an esoteric literary-cultural theorist.  Continue reading A Short Biographical Sketch of Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937)