Our First Laugh is its Last

Capital capitalizing on its own critique may appear to be an invariant feature of its operation (as a process of creatively re-self-constituting itself from the very destruction of its own constitutive ground of possibility, being itself), but the degree to which such a feature is self-conscious is the degree to which it realizes that its [...]

On the Communist Hypothesis

I think communism is best understood not as the necessary conclusion of some progressive world-historical process nor contingent on the voluntary will of some organized party-mind but rather as a working hypothesis that is continuously modified until the conclusions of experimental practice perfectly coincide with that hypothesis. This forecloses a number of possible ways of [...]

On Reified Cognition and Class Society

At absolute polar extremes of the radical left we have on the one hand, an anarchist primitivism which considers the erection of class society and the development of technical civilization as an unjustified contingency initially resulting in the death of freedom and the birth of domination, and on the other a communist prometheanism that considers [...]

[Femme Theory] The Artificial is as “Real” as the Natural

Rather than considering my "natural" face, when lacking all cosmetic additions, as my "real" face, and my "artificial" face formed by cosmetic procedures as something "superfluous" or even "fake," I prefer to think of what is usually considered my "natural" face to be but one face among many, albeit one that also has the additional [...]

From Monologue-about to Dialogue-with Reality

The desecration or desacralization of the "enchanted real" that constituted premodern and indigenous world-views by the coruscating potency of modern reason results in a "disenchanted real" where previously held assumptions about the relationship between the cosmos and meaning is thoroughly undermined; the previously enchanted real, where universe and meaning where intertwined in a unity within [...]

extracts from an “exchange” with a “Quantum Buddhist” aka Western Buddhist Idealist

Me:I have a question sir. Is there a particular tradition that your practice is embedded in? Currently I follow the Vajrayana based Shambhala Path, though my personal theoretical orientation is closer to the Prasangika-Madhyamaka of the Mahayana. Graham Smetham :I have...noted something you mentioned about the ground of being and Capitalism which I think is [...]

On Becoming Real in the Face of Flux

To be real is to be independent, self-grounding, self-sustaining and self-motivated. Yet careful attention to the manifold totality of sense-experience reveals any given thing to be marked by impermanence, incompleteness and indeterminacy. Nothing in experience, whether classed as a cognitive, mental or physical factor, escapes definition by these three marks or traits. Things exist, in [...]