1. The community of home shoppers is not one of shared space and face-to-face contact but a  community without proximity mediated by electronic technologies of communication.  What is key here is that two interrelated boundaries are breached by the intrusion of show windows into the home.  First the viewer-shoppers of shopping networks are not only in the privacy of their homes but simultaneously in the quasi-social collective of the shopping network’s electronic community of administered consumption.  The geographical and spatial boundary of the home dissolves within the quasi-sociality of the shopping network.  The marketplace sets up shop in the living room. Secondly just as any spatial boundary must dissolve, any boundary to an individual’s desire must dissolve. The home no longer provides protection from outside interaction and appeals but magically transforms into a department store where viewers observe daily what they do not possess.  The act of desiring and buying commodities seeps into every quarter of public and domestic life.  In a consumer culture, desire for commodities must be present everywhere so that no spatial or psychological area exists that contains activities other than administered consumption (or production).

  2. The same society of alienation, totalitarian control and passive spectacular consumption reigns everywhere, despite the diversity of its ideological and juridical disguises. The coherence of this society cannot be understood without an all-encompassing critique, illuminated by the inverse project of a liberated creativity, the project of everyone’s control of all levels of their own history.

    To revive and bring into the present this inseparable, mutually illuminating project and critique entails appropriating all the radicalism borne by the workers movement, by modern poetry and art, and by the thought of the period of the supersession of philosophy, from Hegel to Nietzsche. To do this, it is first of all necessary to recognize, without holding on to any consoling illusions, the full extent of the defeat of the entire revolutionary project in the first third of this century and its official replacement, in every region of the world and in every domain of life, by delusive shams and petty reforms that camouflage and preserve the old order.

    Such a resumption of radicality naturally also requires a considerable deepening of all the old attempts at liberation. Seeing how those attempts failed due to isolation, or were converted into total frauds, enables one to get a better grasp of the coherence of the world that needs to be changed. In the light of this rediscovered coherence, many of the partial explorations of the recent past can be salvaged and brought to their true fulfillment. Insight into this reversible coherence of the world — its present reality in relation to its potential reality — enables one to see the fallaciousness of half-measures and to recognize the presence of such half-measures each time the operating pattern of the dominant society — with its categories of hierarchization and specialization and its corresponding habits and tastes — reconstitutes itself within the forces of negation.

    Moreover, the material development of the world has accelerated. It constantly accumulates more potential powers; but the specialists of the management of society, because of their role as guardians of passivity, are forced to ignore the potential use of those powers. This same development produces widespread dissatisfaction and objective mortal dangers which these specialized rulers are incapable of permanently controlling.

    Guy Debord - The Situationists and the New Forms of Action in Art and Politics

    image - pieto

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  3. "Yet how long would authority and private property exist, if not for the willingness of the mass to become soldiers, policemen, jailers, and hangmen."
    — Emma Goldman (via nelhariry)

    (via femmeviva)

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  4. babylonfalling:

    The New York Times by Tuli Kupferberg, EVO (1967)

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  6. ..the fulcrum of corporate power is the investment decision.  The uses for capital for investment purposes are, in the final analysis, decided by a small handful of managers.  They decide how much is to be spent; what products are to be made; where they are to be manufactured; and who is to participate in the processes of production.  A single corporation can draw up an investment program calling for the expenditure of several billion dollars on a new plant and product.  A decision such as this will determine the quality of life for a substantial segment of society: men and materials will move across continents; old communities will decay and new ones will prosper; tastes and habits will alter; new skills will be demanded; and the education of a nation will adjust itself accordingly; even government will fall into line, providing public services that corporate developments make necessary.

    Andrew Hacker — The Corporate Takover

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  7. "The Internet is a thing we do. It might be righteous to hope to save it. Yet, righteousness is an oil that leaks from fundamentalist engines, machines oblivious to the flesh their gears butcher. […]
    So as you proceed with your protests, I wonder if you might also ask, quietly, to yourself even, what new growth might erupt if we let the Internet as we know it burn."
    — What Do We Save When We Save the Internet? (via cyborgmemoirs)

    (Source: The Atlantic, via criminal-delirium)


  8. "What if that machinery were reversed? What if the habits, problems, secrets, and unconscious motivations of the wealthy and powerful were daily scrutinized by a thousand systematic researchers, were hourly pried into, analyzed and cross-referenced; were tabulated and published in a hundred inexpensive mass-circulation journals and written so that even the fifteen-year-old high-school drop-out could understand them and predict the actions of his landlord to manipulate and control him?"
    —  Martin Nicolas, Remarks at the American Sociological Association Convention, 1968
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  9. nowdestroy:

    Control in modern times requires more than force, more than law. It requires that a population dangerously concentrated in cities and factories, whose lives are filled with cause for rebellion, be taught that all is right as it is.

    every interpellation is the imposition of a predicate

    (via nowdestroy)

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  10. heathkillen:

    Initially known as Dériville (from “ville dérivée”, literally, “drift city”), New Babylon is a utopian anti-capitalist city designed by artist-architect Constant Nieuwenhuys from 1959-74. The goal was the creating of alternative life experiences, called ‘situations’. 

    Sarah Williams Goldhagen, explained:

    "New Babylon was to be a series of linked transformable structures, some of which were themselves the size of a small city—what architects call a megastructure. Perched above ground, Constant’s megastructures would literally leave the bourgeois metropolis below and would be populated by homo ludens—man at play. (Homo Ludens is the title of a book by the great Dutch historian Johan Huizinga.) In the New Babylon, the bourgeois shackles of work, family life, and civic responsibility would be discarded. The post-revolutionary individual would wander from one leisure environment to another in search of new sensations. Beholden to no one, he would sleep, eat, recreate, and procreate where and when he wanted. Self-fulfillment and self-satisfaction were Constant’s social goals. Deductive reasoning, goal-oriented production, the construction and betterment of a political community—all these were eschewed."

    Constant Nieuwenhuys himself wrote:

    "It is obvious that a person free to use his time for the whole of his life, free to go where he wants, when he wants, cannot make the greatest use of his freedom in a world ruled by the clock and the imperative of a fixed abode. As a way of life Homo Ludens will demand, firstly, that he responds to his need for playing, for adventure, for mobility, as well as all the conditions that facilitate the free creation of his own life. Until then, the principle activity of man had been the exploration of his natural surroundings. Homo Ludens himself will seek to transform, to recreate, those surroundings, that world, according to his new needs. The exploration and creation of the environment will them happen to coincide because, in creating his domain to explore, Homo Ludens will apply himself to exploring his own creation. Thus we will be present at an uninterrupted process of creation and re-creation, sustained by a generalized creativity that is manifested in all domains of activity"

    (via girlboss)

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  11. (Source: mariecalloway, via classwaru)

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  12. fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

    By Francisco Dominguez

    This week, a group of masked young men continued the siege of the Caracas offices of Venezuelan TV (VTV, a state channel) preventing the normal functioning of this TV outlet. They have set several bonfires all around the entrance perimeter of VTV threatening the normal thoroughfare of VTV journalists and other personnel, thus serious impairing the free functioning of this channel (see a recent report from Telesur here). The violence has involved the throwing of stones, bottles and Molotov Cocktails.

    As a consequence of this, VTV staff Mayra Cienfuegos, was wounded by firearm (see here). Earlier this week, the cameras caught a bunch of the besiegers being taught by a group leader how to make Molotov cocktails (see videos here and here)

    The attacks and violence against VTV have not been confined to Caracas, masked goons also attacked the Tachira offices of VTV on February 14, during which reportedly they used gasoline to set rubbish on fire preventing the free flow of traffic. And also VTV journalists have been the subject of attacks and abuse by the extreme right wing supporters of Leopoldo Lopez.

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