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David Harvey | Full Stop 

I think there’s a strain of it in Marx; particularly in the early writings you see more of this Romanticist thinking. And it never really goes away. For instance, how can you really talk about notions of alienation without invoking some sense of dispossession and loss, and this search to regain an un-alienated existence? Now …

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Agamben’s Messianism 

“he term ‘sojourn’ does not refer here to a fixed period of time: …it does not designate chronological duration.  The sojourning of the Church on earth can last -and indeed has lasted- not only centuries but millennia without altering its messianic experience of time.  This point requires special emphasis as it is opposed to what …

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Agamben’s Paroikia 

“In the eyes of the Church Fathers -as well as the eyes of those philosophers who have reflected on the philosophy of history, which is, and remains (even in Marx) an essentially Christian discipline- history is presented as a field traversed by two opposing forces.  The first of these forces -which Paul, in a passage …

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Anonymity as Culture: CCC 

Though A-culture overlaps with the political activities of Anonymous and Occupy Wall Street, those groups, in their partial or total earnestness, lack the former’s recreational spirit, and consequently factionalism can more easily prove terminal to them. A-culture’s seclusion facilitates homogeneity, and thus the persistence and autonomy of the space of play, which is A-culture’s only …

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Canadian Shit-Storm 

If we were to fully exploit this new oil source, and continue to burn our conventional oil, gas and coal supplies, concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere eventually would reach levels higher than in the Pliocene era, more than 2.5 million years ago, when sea level was at least 50 feet higher than it …

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Coleman on Anonymous 

While government officials and law enforcement are painting Anonymous as one of HL Mencken's "imaginary goblins" poised to menace the public, it's worth noting that national governments around the world have aspired to control the internet, and have been developing statutes that erode individual rights and privacies, long before this entity came to prominence. Anonymous …

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Art and the Network 

"Because depth, color, form, line, movement, contour, physiognomy are all branches of Being and because each entwines the tufts of all the rest, there are no separated, distinct 'problems' in painting, no really opposed paths, no partial 'solutions', no cumulative progress, no irretrievable options.  There is nothing to prevent the painter from going back to …

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RIP MCA 

this is the Yauch people remember: a man who could say he was sorry and not feel lessened by it; a man living within the principles of Buddhism and committed to broadening awareness of the political situation in Tibet; and a genuinely quiet person who had become more likely to make a joke at his …

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phatic melodies 

If one comes upon two friends unexpectedly meeting for the first time in many months, and one chances to hear their initial words of surprise, greeting, and pleasure, one may readily notice a tonal, melodic layer of communication beneath the explicit meaning of the words—a rippling rise and fall of the voices in a sort …

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Magicology 

Countless anthropologists have managed to overlook the ecological dimension of the shaman's craft, while writing at great length of the shaman's rapport with "supernatural" entities. We can attribute much of this oversight to the modern, civilized assumption that the natural world is largely determinate and mechanical, and that what is experienced as mysterious, powerful, and …

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Magicology 

Some may argue that the ritual reverence paid to one's long-dead human ancestors, and the assumption of their influence in present life, easily invalidates my contention that the various "powers" or "spirits" that move throughout the discourse of indigenous, oral peoples are ultimately tied to nonhuman but nonetheless sentient forces in the enveloping terrain. This …

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N+1’s minor expressions 

...the prospects for left-wing cultural life seem more generous in 2012. Maybe that’s because the ethos that you should make art and thought, not to feel like an artist, but because you have something to say, has found an opening in history again. via New Statesman - American Writing Special — Little voice.

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Nietzsche & Heidegger 

Kaufmann was adamant that we ought not waste time reading Heidegger, given he'd sold out when it counted. You should judge a philosophy by the character of the philosopher, was his message... via BizMo Diaries: Philosophy 101.

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Burroughs, Word Virus 

Burroughs, "The Beginning is Also the End" in The Burroughs Files. "You are confused about the word 'self'.  I could by God sit there forever if I had a self to sit in that would sit still for it.  I don't.  As soon as I move in on any self all that self wants is …

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Zizek’s God 

Today, nothing is more oppressive and regulated than being a simple hedonist. via If there is a God, then anything is permitted – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Interview with Malabou 

Malabou is currently co-authoring a book with Adrian Johnston on affects in Descartes, Spinoza and neuroscience, and is preparing a new book on the political meaning of life in the light of the most recent biological discoveries mainly epigenetics. The latter work will discuss Giorgio Agamben’s concept of "bare life" and Michel Foucault’s notion of …

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Based Scripture: Lil B @ NYU 

Real talk: Don’t ever deny the voices in your head either. When you’re sitting at home alone, right, we all go through depression, anxiety. You’re by yourself and you hear those voices going wild in your head, in your unconscious, those angels by your side, your mental, your gut feeling, your heart. Listen to them. …

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Deleuzisms 

Deleuze, "Postscript on the Societies of Control" Deleuze, "Immanence, a life" Deleuze & Foucault, "Intellectuals and Power" cf. also Just Perception's reading of Immanence...

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the word (name?) as isotrope 

Florensky wrote: “it is the word alone, produced by the vocal organ, that makes the cognitive process possible, the word alone that makes objective what was still subjective and had not seemed even to ourselves to be the cognized truth before the word came along. On the other hand, the word pronounced sums up our …

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When Patents Attack! 

"the fascinating story of how an idea enshrined in the US constitution to promote progress and innovation is now being used to do the opposite." When Patents Attack! | This American Life.

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