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reactionary anti-capitalism

07.28.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

I’ve always found the ease with which some who would count themselves towards the radical left take to Schmitt’s “critique of democracy” or Heidegger’s “critique of technology”. Johannes Thumfart highlights a very worrying example in die tageszeitung – English version at signandsight. Thumfart sums up the anonymous (and at least in France and Germany celebrated) ...

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Consumerism as End of Eternity (In Defence of the Unhappy Consumer’s Pursuit of Infinity)

06.17.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

As this will sound like an all round defence of consumerism, I should start by saying that this is not my aim. So straightaway: consumer capitalism is a problem in terms of its ecological consequences and if those consequences can be mitigated by more social control over the production of consumer goods (aka socialism), I’m ...

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Discontented with Happiness

04.12.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

Today I’ve woken up to the news that the UK branch of the Action for Happiness was launched. What a coincidence – I’ve just finished reading Isaac Asimov’s The End of Eternity, which is a great book – and also a great manifesto against engineering “happiness”. Mind you – I don’t have anything against the ...

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