Frederic Neyrat | 4 May 23:13 2016

Accelerationism, Prometheanism, and Posthumans

   Excerpts from the Accelerationist Manifesto:

   "We declare that only a Promethean politics of maximal mastery over
   society and its environment is capable of either dealing with global
   problems or achieving victory over capital."

   "We believe it must also include recovering the dreams which transfixed
   many from the middle of the Nineteenth Century until the dawn of the
   neoliberal era, of the quest of Homo Sapiens towards expansion beyond
   the limitations of the earth and our immediate bodily forms."

   So, what is the difference between that and an electronic-based system
   that denies its material ties?



   Frederic Neyrat

   2016-05-04 16:07 GMT-05:00 Frederic Neyrat <fneyrat@...>:

   Dear Florian (and thanks Brian for your post),

   There is something I try to understand in you post:

   1/ on the one hand, you show very well that "there is hardly a system
   that is more dependent on efficiency-optimized global supply chains,
   high investments into manufacturing capacities, economics of scale and,
   well, the neoliberal economic system as computer electronics," you
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nettime's avid reader | 2 May 13:46 2016

JPP: Feminism and (Un)Hacking

[relevant to nettime for may reasons]

We are delighted to announce the publication of the Journal of Peer
Production #8, “Feminism and (Un)Hacking”

The issue is available here:

>From the Introduction, "Feminist Hacking/Making: Exploring New Gender
Horizons of Possibility" by SSL Nagbot (a.k.a Lilly Nguyen, Sophie
Toupin, and Shaowen Bardzell)

This special issue of the Journal of Peer Production shows a growing
body of work that brings together feminism with hacking and making. To
date, feminist thinking has been taken up by hacking and making
researchers to reveal the gendering of techno-labor, to facilitate
emancipatory efforts, to cultivate alternative perspectives, and to make
visible the infrastructural relations of technology. This combination of
visualization with emancipatory alterity demonstrates the ways that
feminism in hacking is largely based on a politics of visibility; that
is, hacking and making serve the broader objectives of bringing to light
the invisible infra/structures of power that render technological
achievement possible. In this special issue, we see that the extant
forms of feminist research and practice critique gendered forms of
marginalization in hacking and making in several ways. First, many
feminist hackers and makers seek to redress the lack of gender diversity
within these techno-communities through the designs of women, queer, and
trans-friendly spaces for hacking and making or addressing
women-centered concerns such as improving breast-pumps for nursing.
Second, we also see that hacking and making comprise both a method and a
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Patrice Riemens | 2 May 11:32 2016

Larry Elliott: Europe's liberal illusions shatter as Greek tragedy

Save for the refugee crisis in Greece, which would be in itself enough
to bring a national government to its knees, one has not heard very
much of late of that country's pack of Elephants in the room, aka the
Bailout Charade. Well, it's back again, in full force, in case anyone
forgets. And it doesn't look good at all.

Meanwhile, in the Aegean ...

Original to:

Europe's liberal illusions shatter as Greek tragedy plays on
By Larry Elliott (Economics editor)

Voters across Europe have got the message from the way in which
Greece’s opposition to austerity was crushed

Greece is running out of money. The government in Athens is raiding
the budgets of the health service and public utilities to pay salaries
and pensions. Without fresh financial support it will struggle to make
a debt payment due in July.

No, this is not a piece from the summer of 2015 reprinted by mistake.
Greece, after a spell out of the limelight, is back. Another summer of
threats, brinkmanship and all-night summits looms.

The problem is a relatively simple one. Greece is bridling at the
unrealistic demands of the European commission and the International
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Brian Holmes | 1 May 23:30 2016

Live Your Models

[ I am about to put the footnotes on this text and send it off for
publication, but I'd like to give nettime a crack at it first. It is
the impossible conclusion to that long drawn-out project entitled
"Three Crises: 30s-70s-Now," which would've ended long ago if the
current major crisis of capitalism had ever managed to conclude...
best to all, nettime's broken record (BH) ]


Live Your Models
Self-orientation and social form

Throughout the twentieth century and up to today, art has been a
prodigious creator of models. Models of the self, models of history,
models of society and technology and communication, models of the
interactions between all these. Now is the time to live your models.

Once every forty to fifty years, the core capitalist economies are
gripped by a structural crisis with repercussions on the entire world.
Think about the 1970s, or in a more dramatic way, the 1930s. Look back
further and you find another long recessionary period culminating in
the early 1890s, then still another leading up to the turmoil of 1848.
Clearly the historical periods in question are wildly different. But
what's similar about such crises is that they last a decade or more,
they are not just economic and they end with profound shifts in the
social order.

As I write in 2016, global capitalism is still embroiled in the crisis
that began in the real-estate markets eight years before. But the
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Patrice Riemens | 30 Apr 08:31 2016

Damir Pilic: Red Revival: The Fall and Rise of Karl Marx

Original to:

Red Revival: The Fall and Rise of Karl Marx

Meet the academics whose devotion to Marxism cost them their jobs in the 
1990s — and the thinkers driving Marx back up the political agenda 
across Europe today.

By Damir Pilic in Split, Zagreb, Athens and London

"The gap that has been left by the departure of this mighty spirit will 
soon enough make itself felt." (Friedrich Engels at Marx's funeral, 
Highgate Cemetery, London, March 17, 1883)

Zvonko Sundov, a doctor of philosophy, got his last pay cheque 24 years 
ago. Still, the 63-year-old insists on paying for both coffees. The 
years he spent as probably the most educated homeless person in Croatia 
have not broken him.

"Reality is a trap for every thinker," he says.

In 1991, Sundov was fired from the Zagreb School of Electrical 
Engineering. He won court cases against his dismissal in both Zagreb and 
Strasbourg but he has never returned to the classroom — because his job 
no longer exists. He taught Marxism.

In socialist Yugoslavia, Marxism was a compulsory subject in all 
secondary schools and colleges. Then came the fall of the Berlin Wall in 
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dan | 30 Apr 02:33 2016


Finanial Times, April 29, 2016
Trump, Le Pen and the enduring appeal of nationalism
Mark Mazower, Columbia University

paralleling this excerpt from a long essay by Phil Agre

  The global integration of the economy is ... commonly held to
  decentralize political power by preventing governments from taking
  actions that can be reversed through cross-border arbitrage. But
  political power is becoming centralized in equally important ways:
  the power of national governments is not so much disappearing as
  shifting to a haphazard collection of undemocratic and nontransparent
  global treaty organizations, and the power to influence these
  organizations is likewise concentrating in the ever-fewer global
  firms.  These observations are not pleasant or fashionable, but
  they are nonetheless true.


David Garcia | 29 Apr 18:57 2016

Re: Paper Tiger programs: Media History for FREE!

       From: [1]deedeehalleck@...

       There is an old saying: April is the cruelest month.
       Certainly for me this past month has been especially cruel.
       I have been working to help clear the two offices (Paper Tiger and Deep
       Dish) that have been an important workplace for me for 30 years.

   Dear Deedee,

   this is indeed cruel and sad news..

   I hope you realise (I am sure you do) just how much the work
   of Paper Tiger as a collective and as a network of consistent moral
   purpose, integrity and self efacing talent, has meant to so many of us
   outside of the US.

   In its early years when so called "video art" was making its bid
   for commodified museum status, Paper Tiger forged a path
   by taking advantage of the unique North American cable
   infrastructure and public access rights in order to make many
   years of ground breaking activist television with a purposeful DIY
   aesthetic that set the agenda for many of us.

   I hope others on the list will join me in saluting you as well as
   roaring our gratitude to you and all those who have worked on Paper 
   Tiger and forged a legacy that is still alive and kicking.


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Krystian Woznicki | 26 Apr 11:10 2016

REIMAGINING BORDERS > Tacit Futures > BG annual project

Hello nettimer's,

all crisis phenomena have a common denominator: they reveal a general
deficit of imagination. The present is being endured to the same degree
as the future seems inconceivable. What will happen tomorrow with social
security, education, affluence or culture? Some people bury their head
in the sand of the present moment, others compensate for the missing
vision with fear and aggression. Angela Merkel's “we'll make it” doesn't
help much. It mostly means: if you can't prevent something from
happening, then just pretend you're steering it. There are good reasons
to be wary of big plans. In the past, the ones which didn't fail made
things even worse. On the other hand uncontrolled developments usually
strengthen the rule of the stronger.

So how can we re-imagine the future? The Canadian thinker and activist
Max Haiven has written several books on this question, among others
Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the
Commons (Zed books, 2014). Now, he opens his rich tool box to focus on
the movement of people, data and goods – a traffic that will not
continue without control. Borders and infrastructure are the central
sites for this control of movement, and therefore also crucial sites for
the emergence of futures. How is it possible to achieve democratic
oversight of borders and infrastructure? Which imperatives are required
to reimagine and rebuild these sites accordingly? He explores this in
the context of TACIT FUTURES, the 2016 programme of the Berliner Gazette.

Essay by Max Haiven:

Essay by Haiven (German version):
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János Sugár | 26 Apr 18:02 2016

Sortir du noir

Son of Saul is a 2015 Hungarian drama film 
directed by László Nemes. The film premiered at 
the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the 
Grand Prix. It also won the Golden Globe for Best 
Foreign Language Film. The film won the award for 
Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy 
Awards in 2016.

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Alex Foti | 25 Apr 07:15 2016

either in its neo- or ordo- version, liberalism is unwittingly fostering fascism

Dear friends in Vienna and elsewhere in Europe and the World,

this motherfucker hofer got over a third of the votes in the first round of
austria's presidential elections. long gone are the days when FPÖ was seen
as a threat to "european" values, the guy could inherit the post that once
was waldheim's. however the green candidate, a likable 68er could rally all
Austrian democrats and antiracists and defeat the cryptofascist in the
second round (what are the polls?)

Although the president's powers are largely ceremonial in Austria (like in
Germany, Italy and elsewhere), this is not a freak accident. In fact it
bespeaks of a more general trend that is apparent everywhere in the EU
today. The christian/social democrat duopoly on power that has held since
1957 is crumbling due to the sociopolitical effects of the Great Recession
and xenophobic fears of refugees, and especially the way the crisis has
been mismanaged by european elites. Austerity is an ordoliberal, rather
than neoliberal concoction. Anglo-Saxon neoliberalism has never had a
problem with QE, unlike Rheinish ordoliberalism. Interestingly, anglophonic
neoliberalism owes a lot to Austrian economics (Hayek, von Mises,
Boehm-Bawerk) while ordoliberalism descends from the German Historical
School of economics, which was eventually theoretically defeated by
Austrian economics (Methodenstreit) to define a major part of the
contemporary canon of neoclassical economics, but ended up shaping the
policy mindset of Germanophone centrist politicians and all PP parties in
Europe since the postwar period, what we know as ordoliberalismus.

Europe today is like a giant Weimar - the red-yellow-black coalition
supporting the republic was just too weak to withstand the assault of the
nationalist and xenophobic right (nazis descended from ludendorff: weimar's
centrism did well in dispatching the revolutionaries, though..) - just like
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allan siegel | 24 Apr 18:23 2016

Monbiot - neoliberalism redux

   Hello again,

   Some fragmentary remarks.

   Brian is spot on with the following:

   "For Foucault, capitalism is not a single, essentially unified system
   bearing essential contradictions, as the classical Marxists still
   think. Rather, it is a thoroughly political process and therefore it is
   susceptible of reformulation at each turning point or crisis. Now, you
   can respond like the Regulation school or even Deleuze and Guattari,
   and say that capitalism continually changes certain axiomatic
   propositions, in order that its major principle of endless accumulation
   through labor exploitation can continue. That's what I think. But such
   a statement still demands that one understand each new bundle of
   axioms, with its inner variations and their political
   origins, as well as their specific consequences. I don't see any
   other way to confront neoliberalism.

   Two points are key here, seeing "capitalism.. [as] a thoroughly
   political process and therefore it is susceptible of reformulation at
   each turning point or crisis." and the necessity or ability to grapple
   with "each new bundle of axioms" if any form of viable ideological
   alternative is able to sustain itself in the face of the
   neoliberalism's relentless onslaught.

   In this context what is sometimes difficult to comprehend, or come to
   terms with, is the multi-pronged dimensions of this bundle of axioms
   and their historical depth.

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