Anarchist thought has lately picked up a rather worrying infestation of reactionary themes, such as a hyper-macho celebration of eternal combat, in which all that matters is the authentic act of aggressive self-assertion. It isn’t the first time. In this case, it’s a matter of paying too much attention to a scholastic, high theory tradition in which known Nazis such as Schmitt and Heidegger are treated with a respect that betrays the utter corruption of continental philosophy in its waning years.
Traducido por Sergio Andrés Rueda y Manuel Vargas Ricalde
A Note from the Translator:
This pertinent conversation between Slavoj Žižek and McKenzie Wark on Wark's Molecular Red needs to be available as widely as possible. I think many people in Spanish speaking countries are ready to get into the conversation if we want to have a global perspective of the same phenomena that affects us all.
Read Žižek piece here.
Es iluminador el tener al camarada Žižek para que escriba sobre el trabajo de uno. Pienso que sus comentarios sobre Molecular Red resaltan dos rutas por las que la teoría puede escoger para moverse en este momento: la ruta elevada de la filosofía, o la ruta baja de algo más, aún desconocido. No se trata tanto sobre la ruta correcta o incorrecta, sino más sobre qué tipo de cosas nos permite hacer el tomar una ruta sobre otra. Por lo que permítanme explicar, vía el contraste con la ruta elevada de Žižek, el por qué he tomado la baja.
The Science of the Future
Alexander Bogdanov, translated by David Rowley
Any organisation is organised precisely to the extent that it is integrated and holistic. This is the necessary condition for viability. This is also true of cognition, once we recognise that cognition represents the organisation of experience. Therefore cognition always tends toward unity, toward monism. In the history of humanity there have been various means by which this monistic tendency has been accomplished.
So that's it for me here, celebrating the Verso Futures book series. Check out the first batch of books, over there -> on the right. I leave you with this personal reflection on my own intellectual formation and what might be retreived from it for thinking the times in which we are now enmeshed. Let's just hope the photo above is not a prophesy!
-- Cheers, McKenzie Wark
Leaving the Twentieth Century
What might a Marx for the twenty-first century, a #Marx21c, look like? Perhaps as different to that of the nineteenth century as this era is from that one. These are some personal, impressionistic reflections on what that might look like.
The Marxism that I know is part of my life through four kinds of experience: the party, the popular front, the avant-gardes and the university. Each offered its own possibilities and limits for Marxist thought and practice.
My apprenticeship was the period from the late ‘70s through to the ‘90s. It was a time of modifiers. The existing language for describing the situation accreted a layer of suffixes and adjectives, but the language itself didn’t change. The situation waspostmodern, or postfordist, or it was late capitalism, and a bit later it would become neoliberal.
Read the rest here: