“I think that The Black Jacobins offers us a very tantalizing hint, one that has everything to do with modernity. I mean if you compare the story of slavery told in the body of the text (which belongs to 1938) to the one told in the appendix, “From Toussaint L’Ouverture to Fidel Castro” (which belongs to 1963), a very interesting contrast comes into view. Whereas the earlier story belongs to the familiar resistance narrative of slavery-as-repressive-power (remember the great first chapter, “The Property”), the later story underlines something else, namely, the power that produced the subjects of a distinctive civilization—a power, in other words, that didn’t only negate (“demoralize” is the word James uses here) the humanity of the slave, but contributed to structuring and shaping the conditions of a particular form of humanity. For James, of course, that productive power—a power that shapes aptitudes, dispositions, conditions of learning and so on—is emphatically modern (you have yourself, Stuart, in several places, underlined this about James’s view). The colonial slave on an eighteenth century sugar plantation was a modern subject, the subject of modern technologies of subjectification and domination, and a subject of modern desire and expectation. To my mind thinking through the deadend present we live in requires less a story of what we have been excluded from than a story of our desire for that inclusion.”—BOMB Magazine: David Scott by Stuart Hall (via igather)
Finding a place to crash has become crucial for the thousands of demonstrators expected to deluge Pittsburgh next month for the Group of 20 economic summit. …
While most Bail Out demonstrators chartering buses from Washington D.C., Baltimore, Boston, New York, Detroit, California and several stops in Ohio hope to camp out on city or county property, others will stay at the Monumental Baptist Church in the Hill District from Sept. 20-25. There, they will stage for a “March for Jobs” from Freedom Corner to the Convention Center slated for Sept. 20.
“People are coming because they want real jobs, not $2 per hour jobs but real jobs. We need to find solutions for the growing homeless problem and bail out hard workers, not banks,” said Bail Out organizer Cheryl LaBash.
Residing with friends on the Hill’s Wylie Avenue, LaBash recently arrived in Pittsburgh from Detroit, where Bail Out organized a tent village in June that housed nearly 400 demonstrators from 11 states to protest the National Business Summit featuring some of the world’s largest corporations.
“Our proposition about the drawing power of the works of mass culture has implied that such works cannot manage anxieties about the social order unless they have first revived them and given them some rudimentary expression; we will now suggest that anxiety and hope are two faces of the same collective consciousness, so that the works of mass culture, even if their function lies in the legitimation of the existing order—or some worse one—cannot do their job without deflecting in the latter’s service the deepest and most fundamental hopes and fantasies of the collectivity, to which they can therefore, no matter in how distorted a fashion, be found to have given voice.”—Fredric Jameson, “Reification and Utopia in Mass Culture” (1979) (via marxistsinspace) (via curate)