Out of the Past
Stop turning celebrities into feminist icons and start turning feminist icons into celebrities.
It is easy to see why Nietzsche’s thought should have had, and still has for us, such a disturbing power when it introduced in the form of an imminent event, the Promise–Threat, the notion that man would soon be no more—but would be replaced by the superman; in a philosophy of the Return, this meant that man had long since disappeared and would continue to disappear, and that our modern thought about man, our concern for him, our humanism, were all sleeping serenely over the threatening rumble of his non-existence. Ought we not to remind ourselves—we who believe ourselves to be bound to a finitude which belongs only to us, and which opens up the truth of the world to us by means of our cognition—ought we not to remind ourselves that we are bound to the back of a tiger? — Michel Foucault, Les mots et les choses (via mayhap)
For The Masses:
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The fictional adventures of Jung and Freud
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Government deficits, the money supply, and GDP are abstractions that obscure the issues of power and distribution of wealth that are the consequence of a given political system. These abstractions make no sense as ends in themselves. A public deficit just means that a sovereign has spent money into the economy that it hasn’t taxed back. It doesn’t say whether that money was spent on bombs or schools or pure graft. A country can have a high GDP because a small subset of the population sells tons of luxury goods and financial instruments to each other while everyone else starves. Ultimately, what matters is the quality and distribution of resources. Those at the very tip of our economic pyramid understand that fiat money is unlimited, but most everyone below believes it to be scarce. We live under austerity and debt. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The idea that we don’t have the “money” to supply essential public goods to everyone is a pernicious myth that can only be maintained so long as we remain ignorant of how money actually functions. But this myth is merely justification for power structures that are ultimately backed by guns and the vastly unequal distribution of our finite planet’s resources. Knowledge is no substitute for political power. It is merely somewhere to start. — “The World According to Modern Monetary Theory,” Rebecca Rojer, The New Inquiry
October 9 marks the tenth anniversary of the death of the French-Algerian philosopher, Jacques Derrida, and—in order to register this anniversary, and to recognize his wide influence in the humanities and beyond—Avital Ronell (NYU) and Eduardo Cadava (Princeton University) are hosting a symposium entitled “Unpacking Derrida’s Library: Secrets of the Archive” that will take place October 9-11, 2014 at Princeton University. The symposium will explore the ways in which Derrida’s writings helped transform our understanding of a range of disciplines and areas in the humanities, including philosophy, literature, art and art history, music, architecture, anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies, law, psychoanalysis, and human rights. The symposium will bring together philosophers, literary critics and theorists from Algeria, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Scotland, New Zealand and the United States to think about the multiple legacies that his work has left for us.
As much as it flies in the face of our stereotypes about the origins of “Western” freedoms, women in democratic Athens, unlike those of Persia or Syria, were expected to wear veils when they ventured out in public.
—David Graeber, “Debt: the First 5,000 Years”
My letter of application to the Harvard Kennedy School's Senior Professorship of Social Innovation -
Dear Sir or Madam, But Most Likely Sir:
I am writing to apply for your advertised position in Social Innovation. As a Comparative Literature Ph.D, I am proficient in the fabrication of closed tautological circles of non-meaning; this makes me the ideal candidate for a job seeking…
Modern Monetary Theory/Chartalism -
Aesthetics after the Gold Standard
How do you all feel about MMT? I’m recently very interested in this, and my friend and colleague is organizing a conference at Berkeley on neo-Chartalism. The website for the conference hosts a vast array of resources on MMT (articles, books, videos, podcasts). I’ll be giving my paper on debt and revenge tragedy in early November.
Urban Shield promotional material. Read more about their convention in Oakland here.
Ronald Reagan doesn’t care.
…like it’s the suit that needs a critique…the suit is only there to distract with a false problem. It’s like the scene from Jennifer Egan’s “A Visit from the Good Squad” where the desperate PR agent, Dolly, gives the genocidal dictator a blue baby bonnet with a chin strap in order to soften and rehabilitate his image. How much harm can beige cause?