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

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):  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080 08854300 .2020.1805263 

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THUS SPAKE THE BITTER MUSE (2,250 words, 2009)

Abstract: Long poem in the denunciatory style of the Tanakh prophets, somewhat Hellenised. Repeated line and conclusion: “Do not profit by the blood of your fellows”.  Keywords: Muse, Mammon, justice, death First published in Socialism & Democracy no. 83 (July … Continue reading

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ILLUMINATING FREEDOM AND KNOWLEDGE IN KAPITAL (3,500 words, 2015)

Abstract: To understand some central presuppositions of Marx’s, such as knowledge and freedom, within an anti-scientistic and anti-bourgeois horizon, central elements within Leibniz and Spinosa are discussed, with a glance at Hegel. Capital turns out to be an anti-Leibnizian monad, … Continue reading

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ON BRECHT’S “THE MANIFESTO”: COMMENTS FOR READERS IN ENGLISH (9,100 words, 2015)

Part 1 is the translation by D. Suvin of a putative poem by Brecht Das Manifest (The Manifesto) pieced together from his various versions from 1944 on.  Part 2 is a comment article that discusses Brecht’s intention in 1944-45 to … Continue reading

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WORDS AND LESIONS (16,800 words, 2018)

Abstract: The essay is divided into 2 parts. Part 1, For a Rectification of “Violence”, discusses within a “political epistemology of inflicted lesion” first the denotation and yardsticks of violence, then systemic or “structural” violence, and finally argues for counter-violence … Continue reading

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THE COGNITIVE COMMODITY: FICTIONAL DISCOURSE AS NOVELTY AND CIRCULATION (1986, 7,150 words)

Anthropology of creativity in capitalism on the traces of Marx and Benjamin. Fashion, market, sensationalism; the press, selling writing, novelty in detail and repetition of type; gambling, financial speculaion, the sanctified commodity (Brecht)

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ORWELL AND 1984 TODAY: GENIUS AND TUNNEL VISION (2019, 14500 words)

Orwell, as he himself said, came from a lower, professional service fraction of the English and imperial ruling class that was “simultaneously dominator and dominated” (R. Williams), so that a combination of State and monopoly power became his major nightmare. … Continue reading

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WE HAD A CLASSIC: Notes Defining Predrag Matvejević (2020, 10700 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 … Continue reading

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USES OF MARX: THE IMPLICIT OF THE MANIFESTED (OR, DEMYSTIFICATION AND CRITIQUE) (2016, 19500 words)

This integral version was first published in Rab-Rab [Helsinki] no. 3 (2016): 35-72., 2016 A smaller paper on the Communist Manifesto was first written by MA + DS in French and English and redone much later by DS only. It … Continue reading

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TWO INTERVENTIONS ON BODIES (1989, 7,800 words)

Discourses about the body are followed through Bakhtin, Hobbes, Freud, and Foucault to an updating of Marxism, arguing against bourgeois individualism that subject is a limit-zone of collective bodies. A viable materialist but dialectical theory of the body, and consequently … Continue reading

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