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LINKS:

International Marxist-Humanist Organisation: www.internationalmarxisthumani…
Principia Dialectica (no longer updated but still a wealth of theory and thought provoking material): www.principiadialectica.co.uk/…
Great blog and discussion group based mainly in the US trying to envision an entirely new left for the 21st century:
platypus1917.org/about/short-h…
Largest radical forums on the internet, a lot of helpful + knowledgeable people: www.revleft.com
libcom.org Best AnComm forum on the web and the literature archive is excellent
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"Communism is for us not a state of affairs which is to be established , an ideal to which reality [will] have to adjust itself. We call communism the real movement which abolishes the present state of things. The conditions of this movement result from the premises now in existence.

- Marx & Engels - 'The German Ideology', 1845
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Technically, we might replace the whole schema laid out in the preface to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy (aka 'Historical Materialism') with an evergrowing extension of the process of formal subsumption, dating back to the invention of the money commodity in Ancient Mesopotamia and perhaps before (certainly by the time of coins in 7th century Athens). If we are to take Marx seriously: Since it is the form of Value that causes us to fetishise the products of our labours as innately "valuable", commodity fetishism must have already existed on a small scale as far back as that. However, of course this phenomenon only gains genuine significance when it is more or less universalised, in the era of capitalist production.

Looked at this way, we can disinherit the uncomfortably rigid categories derived from Adam Smith and Hegel (slave society, feudal society &c) in favour of something much more fluid and uneven.

In our present epoch - let's call it neoliberalism - the formal subsumption of our private lives continues at a rapid rate, I think it's accurate to identify this with Foucault's biopolitics. There is striking evidence of this in the newsmedia everyday and I think it's safe to say that it is an accelerating process. Formal subsumption now occurs at the level of the personal, the affective and the immaterial (think how most low-level service sector work involves the producing of emotions, making customers feel happy, desired, safe etc). For Foucault, biopolitics was about the continual drive of the State and capital to measure and record our lives in ever more stringent and intrusive ways. This short analysis nails it: www.newappsblog.com/2014/01/bi…

I don't mean to make the crude error that neoliberalism/our present era is fundamentally a break from the recent past, or capitalism altogether, just that the exponential acceleration of these trends is particularly noteworthy.  


It is interesting to make a note of what the great classical economists would make of our society: Smith/Ricardo/Mill/Marx etc would judge only a small fraction of our annual material output "productive". (In Britain, this is currently a figure slightly below 20% - service sector and knowledge labour makes up about 78% of GDP). Automation keeps driving this down, as per the Law of the Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall (Marx).

I want to do another post about the counterpart to formal subsumption, called real subsumption, automation and possibly explain the role of money according to Marx's Capital and why the Labour Theory of Value is not what most modern economists think it is :D  









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BloodyStreets Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What do you think of Noam Chomsky?
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I love him of course but he's not of much theoretical value unlike say Negri or Zizek, and his analysis seems to be entirely about how dangerous the US is to world peace which is true but there's a lot more too it that's beyond the scope of his writing.
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BloodyStreets Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll have to agree with you there. His views are awesome, but don't have much theoretical value. I admire him for being brave enough to openly be an outspoken socialist here in the US.
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AntiRCCZealot Apr 6, 2014  New member Student Traditional Artist
Is the guy in your icon you or the bearded guy in your deviantID?
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Haha, I'm in the icon! The bearded fellow is a celebrity
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Kajm Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Master-booties wouldn't know kind treatment if he was kicked in the head.

Which reminds me: When I first saw your page, you had something up about trolling right-wingers. I'm not sure exactly where I stand (the political tests keep telling me I am to the Left!?! I don't get that), and I think I am just right of center, but I have always found your comments both decent and interesting. That is not trollish behavior.
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Thank u Kajm! I try! :P The AGW thing is very interesting, I was wondering why you and Master-of-the-Boot kept insulting eachother!
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Kajm Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
*lol* bttlrp, if he would take the time to look at what I write, he'd see that there was a lot more in common than he thinks. But he doesn't- he comes right out with the swearing and false claims. I suppose I do insult him here and there, but, that is a side-effect of his efforts, nothing more.
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I just think the whole thing is a gleefully hilarious pantomime! Y'all comments make my day :D
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