Haze of Capitalism

Navigating the muddled technocapitalist landscape

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There is indeed, as Adorno says, nothing more obvious than that to live without hunger or fear should be the common right of all. It is equally obvious that this is the furthest thing from the case. A point of agreement among contemporary political thinkers of the most diverse approaches—from Adorno to Habermas, Debord to Bourdieu, Deleuze to Negri, Althusser to Butler, Cixous to Luhmann, Foucault to Derrida, Baudrillard to Zizek—is that the means by which society controls its subjects are ever more difficult to perceive, and that the possibilities for change are ever more difficult to identify. To follow a vocation at once philosophical and political is, for Agamben, to act and think on the basis of something we all know: that things in our world not only can but should be different. The task of the philosopher is then not only to realize that things might be different, but to conceive of how this might leave the realm of the conditional and enter the actual world of human affairs—not as abstract theory but as real potentiality.

—Leland de la Durantaye, Giorgio Agamben: A Critical Introduction

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