Because the serial mess ups of capitalism’s present crisis—economic, political, environmental—continue to batter the realm, Black field: A checklist of the Catastrophe is a tool for recording, studying, and transmitting occasions as they ensue. however it bargains neither dire predictions nor fake hopes. as an alternative, it embraces the secret of what may perhaps transpire. The notice “catastrophe” has no longer regularly signified “disaster”; throughout the 16th century, specially in theater, it got here to intend “a reversal of what's expected.” Black Box is eventually a documentary venture, a checklist of the disaster, yet it’s an open query the place the inquiry will take us. it can be a list of the disastrous finish. Or it can be a checklist of the turning.
The first quantity includes an eclectic yet available number of reportage, interviews, letters, fragments, and theoretical responses from many of the brightest minds in serious thought. Its authors have despatched dispatches from American criminal yards, the transport graveyards of India, deadly abroad drone moves, roads crisscrossing the Mississippi Delta, childhoods in progressive Zimbabwe, and kitchens the place undocumented staff wash dishes. by way of taking a vast geographical and aesthetic stance, Black Box should be a constellation of principles and data that issues towards the future—whatever it could actually hold.
The Black field Collective emerged after a number of years of symposia, examining teams, summer time camps, wood-splitting, and barn-raising. The poets, newshounds, teachers, metaphysicians, artists, and strategists of the collective assemble frequently at a retired dairy farm within the foothills of the Cascade Mountains north of Seattle to discover cognizance, group, and the move of communizing/commonizing currents. Black Box is our first try to gather a critique that will wake up us from the dream global that's so successfully reproduced via capitalist culture.
“What occurs in case you stroll away? What occurs in the event you don’t? Black Box is either a philosophy of the road and a poetics of innovative come upon. I provide my ecstatic aid to its ‘curriculum of shocks.’ this is often a unprecedented new magazine. each web page is voltage, orientation, verge.” —Bhanu Kapil, writer of Ban en Banlieue
“To imagine opposed to and past the human disaster that's capitalism, we have to holiday down partitions, open doorways, pass thresholds, communize anywhere we can—a black field now not as containment yet as point of interest of the circulate of undefined, undefinable rupture.” —John Holloway, writer of Change the area with no Taking strength: The which means of Revolution Today
“Black Box subverts the implicit time table of so much media retailers to disclaim the reality or to distract us from it. The magazine investigates what's, an important step in the direction of knowing what must be.” —Gabor Maté, M.D., writer of In the area of Hungry Ghosts: shut Encounters with Addiction
“Black Box is both our jointly written obituary or a time pill of capitalism in its demise throes. Let’s make it the latter.” —Will Potter, writer of Green Is the hot pink: An Insider’s Account of a Social circulate below Siege
“We in basic terms express the area what it truly is combating for, and attention is anything that it has to procure, no matter if it doesn't are looking to. The reform of realization is composed only in making the area conscious of its personal awareness, in awakening it out of its dream approximately itself, in explaining to it the which means of its personal activities. Our entire item can basically be … to provide non secular and philosophical questions the shape similar to guy who has turn into aware of himself.” —Karl Marx, writer of Capital: A Critique of Political Economy
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The oligarchy of the few is now ruling the market, not otherwise. Finally, the reality of the neoliberal order in terms of its individual-centric consumerism has led to domination of negative freedoms ruling over the positive freedoms. It is actually freedom of private enterprises, not freedom of individual. Therefore, neoliberalism is not without its own contradictions. A real ideal neoliberal state and society is diametrically opposite to its own conceived ideal. Writing on capital accumulation is absurd if it is not related to what is happening with what Marx described as ‘living labour’ (Marx 1976).
An interesting case is more proportionate rise in s per unit of worker than the proportionate rise in v per unit of worker. Symbolically, (Δs/s)â•¯>â•¯(Δv/v) so that (Δe/e)â•¯>â•¯1. This is happening in many private enterprises which are shedding off which they call surplus workers while allowing some increment in v for the retained workers. This also requires a type of technological innovation (contrary to the Fordist or Taylorist type of technology of assembly line production) which would increase what Marx has defined as intensity of labour in the production process.
Technological innovation is always laboursaving, viz. with improvement in technology less labour is needed to produce the same output in less time. So, in this sense it signifies increase in relative surplus value. But lengthening of working hours may also happen if the capitalist class remains successful—as they are generally under a neoliberal regime—to create a socio-political climate conducive to such changes. This then signifies increase in absolute surplus value. Commodity production in the new economy under neoliberalism, like IT sector, is good example of this case.