Archive for December, 2008

Ignore Sohn-Rethel at your peril! – public discussion reminder for January 09

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

The Long-range tactical critical theory sessions return on Friday 9th January 2009 at 7.30pm at The Lucas Arms, Grays Inn Road, London. The nearest tube is Kings Cross. 30 years ago Alfred Sohn-Rethel, heroic anti-Nazi and forgotten associate of the Frankfurt School, published Intellectual and Manual Labour: A Critique of Epistemology (London 1978). Sohn-Rethel, grounded [...]

a modern hungarian tragedy

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Partly due to the mess overseen by the socialist prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsany, who was caught out on a radio broadcast admitting that ‘we’ve fucked it all up’, and ‘we lied from morning to night’ in order to win elections ‘in this fucking country’ some nasty characters are emerging from the woodwork in Budapest. The [...]

LE VENT SE LEVE

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

VOUS QUI PENSEZ QUE L’AFFREUSE THEORIE CRITIQUE EST MORTE - ET QUI CHANTEZ PRESOMPTUEUSEMENT SA DISPARITION   VOUS QUI VOYEZ SOMBRER LA BELLE THEORIE CRITIQUE DU PASSE - ET QUI ASSISTEZ, IMPUISSANTS, A SON NAUFRAGE   IL EST PLUS QUE TEMPS DE REJOINDRE LE PRESENT CAR UNE NOUVELLE EPOQUE S’EST OUVERTE, ET ELLE SE FAIT SANS VOUS.   BIENTOT DANS VOS LIBRAIRIES, “TEMPS, TRAVAIL ET DOMINATION SOCIALE” PAR MOISHE POSTONE (EDITIONS [...]

Warren Buffett: value, price, fictitious capital and the credit crunch

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

The investor Warren Buffett recently put $230 million into the Chinese ‘Build Your Own Dreams’ car firm. Buffet has taken a ten percent share in that consortium. Two years ago, Buffett handed $37 billion over to Bill Gates’ charitable foundation. On 13 December 2008, the US Senate failed to approve a fourteen billion dollar rescue [...]

Get back to work!

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

“We did a Socialist Worker paper sale inside the Woolworths at Cowley shopping centre in Oxford for an half an hour last week. We made a brief announcement and then petitioned the queues, talking about the need for a fightback over jobs. Some 50 people signed the petition and took leaflets with eight buying the [...]

Andre Gorz – the South African connection

Monday, December 15th, 2008

It was unfortunate that Gorz was formulating his most groundbreaking ideas during a period when Fordism was suffering it’s death rattle – for all the bravery of the British mining community in 1984, the writing was on the wall as the proletariat began to fade away. His ideas were met by a wall of hostility [...]

‘Critical’ theory as a cover for antisemitism

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Matthias Chang is a conspiracy theorist based in Malaysia. He submits articles for the popular Canadian ‘radical’ Global Research website. Chang’s latest article suggests that the $8.5 trillion bail-out funded by the US government is going to come undone in spectacular fashion shortly after Obama’s inauguration in January 2009. Chang attended the Iranian Holocaust denial [...]

on some ‘marxist’ Disciples of St. Paul

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

To coincide with the publication of another book on the ‘saint’, ‘Paul ou les ambiguïtés’, (Ed. de l’Olivier, by Jean-Michel Rey) these few entries were published in the French daily newspaper, Le Monde. We have added some critical comments of our own: ‘When the Saint Speaks in the Present.’ Le Monde, 5 December 2008: Alain [...]

More on the Herr Heimat/Prigent papers

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

We publish below another testimony against the lies of Stewart Home – a slanderer and receiver of stolen goods. Michel Prigent is still awaiting the return of his stolen address book, published without his permission on Herr Heimat’s fansite: ‘I was Michel Prigent’s partner and co-founder of Chronos Publications from 1978 to 1984. Michel and [...]

more on what the situationist international nearly understood…

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

‘Instead of appealing to a speculative philosophy of history, which for a Marx or a Lukacs was wholly self-evident, Critical Theory relies on the new instrument of empirical social research for information about the critical readiness of the public. The result of this methodological reorientation, which constitutes a  distinctive feature of Critical Theory, is a [...]