15 Sep 2017, 1:38am
Zero Squared


Zero Squared #125: Overcoming Capitalism

Terry Tapp is an artist and writer living in New York City. Originally from Central Appalachia, Terry spent many years working trade jobs, wandering through the American south, all the while creating art and writing. His book A Serf’s Journal is a formidable first-hand account of American workers in Jeffersonville, Indiana, as they fought a multinational company and their corrupt union to stage the longest wildcat strike in US history. Tapp is the guest this week as we discuss overcoming capitalism.

If you’re looking for a book to help you understand late capitalism pick up Anselm Jappe’s The Writing on the Wall which is a collection that brings an understanding of Marx’s Value Theory to bear on political questions, Chris Nineham’s How the Establishment Lost Control, and, of course, Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies which is turning out to be a great conversation piece. It’s guaranteed to transform any leftist get together into a struggle session.

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if you haven’t read Will Self’s book they are worth a look.
also check out DiEM25

Mark Fisher on melancholy:
“Both the phenomenal expansion of the public sphere through the Internet and the growing dependence of all aspects of everyday life on virtual communications have led to an unforeseen increase in transparency. Unforeseen, at least in part, because users of the medium usually know very little about how their behaviour on the major platforms – put at their disposal, ostensibly free of charge, by “bestowing capitalism” (Alexander Kojève) – is automatically and statistically monitored in various ways to produce Big Data. In turn many prod-users promote transparency as their own rallying cry and Holy Grail. In their eyes, it promises grassroots autonomy, a critical twenty-first-century public sphere and the dawn of a new, more democratic era. Such “Digital Democracy” also increasingly demands that this new public sphere be used constantly – to express opinions, sign e-petitions, blog, comment, and post or support a cause with a single click. But are these pre-dominantly pseudo-activities? Diversionary tactics? How does a desire for absolute transparency relate to the dictates of constant communication and social or political participation? Ought not the ethics for our time lead us to avoid hasty conclusions and closure – be this the imperative “Transparency!” or “Act now!” – and to devote time instead to understanding and reflection? For the latter are quite possibly the key to self-determined action and collective forms of expression.”

Diamonds and dust
Poor man last
Rich man first…
Rich man poor man
Beggar man thief
You ain’t got a hope in hell
That’s my belief
~ Bon Scott



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