Category Archives: 3. POLITICAL EPISTEMOLOGY

THIS IS A DESCENDING CHRONOLOGICAL LIST, FROM 2021 BACKWARDS. REASON: ALL POSITIONS ARE HISTORICAL, AND THEY ARE BEST UNDERSTOOD IN CONNEXION WITH ITS MOMENT. LATER ENTRIES MAY MODIFY EARLIER POSITIONS.

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 … Continue reading

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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 ALSO IN http://www.olioofficina.it/corso-italia-7/splendours-miseries-and-potentialities-of-socialist-yugoslavia-the-berlin-theses-1.htm, 2015

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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. Abstract: A somewhat autobiographically inclined introduction to a new book of articles and … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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

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UTOPIA OR BUST: CAPITALOCENE, ANTIUTOPIA (2019, 13,350 words)

Keynote speech at the Utopian Studies Society (Europe) 2019: Part 1: Where Are We in the Capitalocene; Part 2.  What Existential Antiutopia Means for Us;   Keywords: Capitalocene; utopia; antiutopia; ecocide; totality; epistemology; counterrevolution; violence

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ORWELL AND 1984 TODAY: GENIUS AND TUNNEL VISION (2019, 14,500 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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WORDS AND LESIONS (2018, 16,800 words)

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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