(Specters) Benoît Borrits. Au-delà de la propriété.

Benoît Borrits. Au-delà de la propriété. Pour une économie des communs. Paris: L'Horizon des Possibles / La Découverte, 2018. Property is exclusive by nature (p.20), whether it be private, collective or State property. Therefore, a true socialist project seeking a democratization of power, equal access to the means of living and the end of alienation and… Continue reading (Specters) Benoît Borrits. Au-delà de la propriété.

Concerning ‘The Tragedy of the Commons’

Spectral commonism is not a bubble gum vending machine version of the commons or communism. In capitalist common sense, communism is often identified with Stalinism and the perversion of what is a.k.a. “real existing socialism”, while “the commons” spontaneously create associations with two things: The Tragedy of the Commons The digital or “creative” commons (e.g.… Continue reading Concerning ‘The Tragedy of the Commons’

Redefining Historical Agency 1.: Rites of Passage

In the 1960s, authors on the left gradually disconnected revolutionary historical agency from the working class and the city. The onset of deindustrialization began to transform the identification of industry with urbanity and of industrial workers with socialist and communist politics, as factory closings left ghostly spaces perceived as zones of economic and social ‘regression’.… Continue reading Redefining Historical Agency 1.: Rites of Passage

Rural-Urban in Socialism (General Observations 1.1)

The political failures of the Soviet Union, combined with decades of deindustrialization in the West, have inspired large swaths of left writing to argue that socialist or communist utopia can only take place in small settlements. From green anarchists such as Murray Bookchin, through less inspired primitivist, anti-civilizationists or (Maoist-turned-liberal) green propositions to contemporary radical… Continue reading Rural-Urban in Socialism (General Observations 1.1)

(Specters) Jean-Baptiste Vidalou: Être Forêts

Jean-Baptiste Vidalou. Être Forêts. Habiter des Territoires en Lutte. Paris: La Découverte / ZONES, 2017. Territories in upheaval. Fighting territories. Resisting territories. The French expression en lutte can be translated into many nuances, and they all fit Jean-Baptiste Vidalou’s book Être Forêts, “to be forests”. While this title quite literally describes the main locus of interest,… Continue reading (Specters) Jean-Baptiste Vidalou: Être Forêts


Music for living in #CyberneticRegimes. Here's an extract from what Holly Herndon told NPR about this track: Where did you get the idea for the song ["Home"]? The song evolved over time. It started out as a song about dropping the ball. It started with the exponential rhythmic pattern of the ball-dropping sample. And then, as… Continue reading Interlude

Automated Justice / Predictive Policing

(Continuation of "Nudged Citizen") In our cybernetic regimes, justice is being automated and policing is increasingly predictive. In the United States, computer programs now help decide whether you’ll get parole or pretrial release, how much your bail [i] and how long your prison sentence will be [ii]. While doing so, the inner workings of their algorithms remain largely… Continue reading Automated Justice / Predictive Policing

Nudged Citizen

(Continuation of “AAA Citizen”) The Chinese Social Credit system works in ways similar to (and inspired by) customer care programs such as special discounts for super markets client card holders or members of frequent flyer programs. As Netzpolitik.org points out, pilot schemes such as Alibaba’s sesame credit have their western pendants. Facebook, for example, filed a… Continue reading Nudged Citizen