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Consumerism into Fascism? (Part 1)

04.30.2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

In this first part I will argue that romantic consumerism is decidedly non-heroic and intuitively anti-totalitarian – I will try and explore the potential for totalitarian reversals in the second part. I have argued that the now habitual condemnation of consumer culture as the central evil of contemporary capitalism is misguided and potentially reactionary. But there are ...


04.04.2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

Much of an era’s social, cultural and political aspects are coagulated in the cars it produced. So much of early 1960s France is conserved in the Citroën DS famously analysed in Roland Barthes’s Mythes. Two features stand out in la Déesse: The achievement of beauty by seamlessness of form and the civility of a homely interior that it ...

The Lego Movie as Consumer-Capitalist Myth: The Cultural Tragedy of Production and the Expropriation of the Brickolariat

11.04.2014 · Posted in Uncategorized

Current Capitalism is in crisis. This is well known. Capitalism always is in crisis. From early on capitalism was experienced as unsettling, unbalancing and unstable. Gone was the cherished Aristotelian feudal/aristocratic ideal of moderation (σωφροσύνη) which locates virtuous behaviour in the considered middle (μεσότης) of two vices or excesses. It was replaced by an ever ...

Consumerism as Folk Religion?

06.07.2014 · Posted in Uncategorized

When talking about consumerism in the context of religion and critiques of capitalism, the standard approach is to portray it as some sort of adoration of a golden calf. Both theologians and critical social scientists are quick to liken consumerism to religion – and they are equally quick to point out that it is a ...

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rousseau as puritan?

12.06.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Not really – but his Calvinist background clearly shows – as for example in his seemingly square and unromantic condemnation of unproductivity he deploys in his prize-winning rant against the arts and sciences that  kick-started his career as a writer « Si nos sciences sont vaines dans l’objet qu’elles se proposent, elles sont encore plus dangereuses ...

did i just see this?!?

10.24.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

I have speculated about the advent hedonistic-libertarian consumerist socialism – but I didn’t expect Russell Brand to spearhead it…   well – i did see it – and read it… i think this one here’s the central statement with regards to revolutionary tactics: As John Cleese said, there is a tendency to confuse seriousness with solemnity. ...

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Sufi Ethics and the Spirits of Consumerism – A Preliminary Suggestion

08.13.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

just out in Marketing Theory pre-published open access version pdf available here abstract In this speculative comment I will suggest that, in analogy with Colin Campbell’s argument regarding the Romantic Ethic and the spirit of modern consumerism, there is prima facie evidence that there is also an elective affinity between Sufi-infused Islamic religiosity and the emergent Muslim consumerisms, ...

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on sufism, romanticism, consumerism – david graeber’s intriguing footnote

07.19.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Working on the interconnections between the emergence of Turkish consumerism and Sufi imagination – my working hypothesis being that there is a “Sufi ethics” that can be seen as a functional equivalent of the “Romantic ethics” that Colin Campbell analysed as the root of the spirit of modern consumerism – I’m intrigued by David Graeber’s ...

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the consumerist cult of the individual, social peace and its enemies

06.09.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

With the decline in traditional religiosity and the deracination of the individual in a multicultural consumer society – shouldn’t we descend into an age of violence, particularly at a time of global crisis? Apparently not. According to this here the UK is now at its most peaceful ever, with crime rates, and especially homicide rates, ...

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