On this page there’ll be found my most recent articles from all “Categories”. For Translations, About DS, Poetry and Short Prose see those sections.

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WORDS, SHAPES, AND OUR COMMON WORLD (2021, 5,550 words)

Introduction to my book Disputing the Deluge, ed. Hugh C. O’Connell, Bloomsbury Academic.

A somewhat autobiographically inclined introduction to a new book of articles and poems 2001-21 is divided into: 1. Words Shaping the World, dealing with art as freedom and knowledge and with a hypothesis about narrative agents; 2. The World Constricting Words and Shapes: facing our epoch of breakdowns polarised between revolutionary change and fascism, freedom means to begin with understanding; that is, refusing obfuscation of our existential antiutopia, the principal imposed but fake political ontology today. It is a major novelty dateable to 2001, its bearers are mainly professional politicians, the State apparatus of violence and its embedded think-tanks, as well as capitalist mass media and careerist intellectuals, all functioning within a Social-Darwinist frame.

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CAPITALOCENE, CORONISATION, SURVEILLANCE SOCIETY: THREE HYPOTHESES ABOUT TRUE VS. FALSE NAMES (2021, 2080 words)

Paper for the IIPPE conference 2021, 2,080 words

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SPLENDOURS, MISERIES, AND POTENTIALITIES OF SOCIALIST YUGOSLAVIA: THE BERLIN THESES (2014-22, main part 6000 words)

14 Theses on, plus a Chronology of, SFR Yugoslavia provide an overview for approaching my book Splendour, Miseries and potentialities of socialist yugostavia: The Berlin Theses

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IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO (2020, 5,000 words)

Introduction to my book Parables of Freedom and Narrative Logics: Positions and Presuppositions in Science Fiction and Utopianism, ed. Eric D. Smith, 2 Vols., P. Lang, Oxford 2021.

A somewhat autobiographically inclined introduction to a new book of articles and poems 1969-2001 is divided into: 1. How a Young Boy, Age 11 on, Fell in Love with Freedom (Axiology); 2. How a Young Man, Age 15 on, Fell in Love with the Narrative Logic and Transfer of Parable (Epistemology); 3. On Some Positions and a New Presupposition of This Text – the need for a (libertarian) Communism

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FOR A THEORY OF THEATRE: THE PERFORMANCE TEXT AS AUDIENCE-STAGE DIALOG INDUCING A POSSIBLE WORLD (1985 & 2021, 8,700 words)

0. Some Presuppositions;

1. Bakhtinian Dialog and Theatre;

2. On PWs, on Subordinating Communication to Pragmatics, and again on Dialog;

3. The Audience-Stage Dialog as Induction of PWs;

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CAPITALISM IS NOT BIOLOGICALLY SUSTAINABLE FOR HOMO SAPIENS: Thots in a Siege (May-Aug. 2020, 3,750 words)

First published as “Thoughts within the Coronising Siege” Political Animal Magazine, http://www.politicalanimalmagazine.com/themes/theory/, also utopian-studies-europe.org/coronising;

A series of fragments from e-mail debates with comrades during the corona lockdown in March ‘20 and a bit after. Sections: A/ long duration prospects, centrally a further mutation of predatory capitalism; B/ short duration: the rulers’ the toggle between disease control and their profits leads to millions of unnecessary deaths, the need collective self-defense (organising) arises. In Europe, the political and financial bureaucracies centrally safeguard business activities; the timid strengthening of State capacities or palliative measures – limited exemptions from the payment of housing, small sums for the poorest – do not sufficiently guarantee the labour and health of the working people, now or in the future. C/ This changes all: possibly hundreds of millions infected are on the horizon if India and the rest of S. Asia, Africa, and Latin America (and Russia?) are counted. Planning for the working people and its welfare, spurned as communist, must be introduced: the choice is to organise or be ground down into a new slavery plus eco-catastrophe. Global capitalism is not biologically sustainable for the species Homo sapiens.

Keywords: Corona; Coronising; Capitalism; Planning; Ecology

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RECTIFICATIONS: HOW TO GO ON (2020, 12,850 words)

First published as “How To Go On” in Socialism & Democracy no. 83 (July 2020): The article is divided into On Life and Liberty vs. Capitalism, The Capitalocene Economy of Life (focus on USA and its poor majority), The Political Economy of Vaccines, Upper-class Encroachments on Civil Liberties, and proposals for alternatives

Keywords: covid pandemy, political epistemology, epistemology,. capitalism, capitalocene, US emarginated poor, vaccines, surveillance, First published as “How To Go On” in Socialism & Democracy no. 83 (July 2020).

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THE HUMAN FACE OF NECESSARY DISCIPLINE (2020, 4,400 words)

Abstract:  Review article of J. Dean, Comrade.

Keywords: Jodi Dean, comrade, communism, communist party, discipline, messianism, cognition, exempla

First published as “Jodi Dean’s Comrade” (review article) in Socialism & Democracy no. 83 (July 2020):  www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080 08854300 .2020.1805263 

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WE HAD A CLASSIC: Notes Defining Predrag Matvejević (2020, 10,700 words)

Japanese Slavic and East European Studies Vol.40. , 2020

A unit in 2 parts:

1/ A necrological look back at PM’s writings and how I encountered them as old friend, with stress on those written after the fall of SFR Yugoslavia, about the “ex” world and what values remain (as in Mediterranean Breviary, The Other Venice, and Daily Bread);

2/ review of a booklet by Tommaso di Francesco, Breviario jugoslavo, 2018, of interviews with PM on ex-Yugoslav affairs curing 20’ years, the main point being that the sins of successors much surpass those of SFR Yugoslavia

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