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From Geneva to Moscow, via Manchester

12.24.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

The unacknowledged but pervasive tension and dishonest mingling of ultra-determinist historical materialism and hyperactive voluntarism/subjectivism has been shown to be a hallmark of the totalitarian turn in Leninism, Stalinism. According to Leo Kofler this particularly shows when things don’t go to plan ‚Das Hinüberschieben der Schuld für das Mißlingen der bürokratischen Pläne auf die Schulter ...

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an evil, evil legacy

10.02.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

from a blog not normally renown for anti-British sentiment… Ralph Miliband campaigning for freedom of expression in Soviet controlled Czechoslovakia – what a cunning Fifth Column ploy! These commie intellectuals – shameless. ...

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base/superstructure 1 1/2: totalitarian tendencies in gramsci ?!?

10.02.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

In my previous post on Basis/Überbau I casually mention Gramsci’s totalitarian tendencies. This needs some further explanation, especially since I will use some aspects of his reconceptionalisation (as struttura/superstrutture) when arguing for the retention of this much maligned metaphor. Gramsci tries to solve the old problem of dualism of base/superstructure (which he rejects as an ...

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Stonier’s “microelectronic revolution” – a forgotten concept?

06.15.2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

I came across this more by accident (partly because I’m not greatly attracted to the author’s cosmic theories…), but Tom Stonier’s 1983 text on the “Microelectronic Revolution” not only predicts the crumbling away of the Soviet Empire when faced with the possibilities of new communication technologies, but also outlines the pattern that recently brought down ...

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The fatal attraction of Jacobinism: Žižek as Robespierre

07.24.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

The world we’re going down into, the kind of hate-world, slogan-world. The coloured shirts, the barbed wire, the rubber truncheons. The secret cells where the electric light burns night and day, and the detectives watching you while you sleep.’ (Orwell 1990) Totalitarianism is en vogue again, it seems, as the internationally acclaimed philosopher/psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek ...

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