July 17, 2014 at 12:54 am (Uncategorized, Heidegger, philosophy, Wittgenstein, Time, Death, Captivation, freedom, Creativity, Innovation, Poetry, Syria, Occupy Wall Street, Wall Street, Financial Crisis, Banks, Finance Capitalism, Marxism, China, Chinese, Nietzsche, Greece, Greek philosophy, Bataille, Queen Elisabeth II, Coalition Government, Cameron, Sartre, Existentialism, Atheism, Dylan Thomas, Diogenes, Socrates, Thrasymachus, Derrida, deconstruction, negative theology, Judaism, Squatting, Brixton, Philosophy Lectures, Kant, Husserl, Foucault, Hegel, German Romanticism, Early German Romanticism, Being and Time, Lacan, feminism, Racism, Heraclitus, Aesthetics, Open Rights, Europe, European Union, European Elections 2014, Wales, Wales and the European Union, European Structural Funding, Christianity, Islam, Democratic Communism, Chinese New Left, General Election 2015, Welsh Development, Democratic Community, Taoism)
Tags: European Union, Coalition Government, Democratic Community, New Left
The British Wasteland: The Toxic Coalition and the Vultures of the Right
On the Toxicity of the Coalition Government and the Cynicism of UKIP and the Tory Right
The British Wasteland: The Meaning of Cameron
As we can barely remember the debates between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg, it appears that the odd man out has now obtained legitimacy, stature, plausibility. Nick Clegg was dreadful and failed to convey the very absurdity of UKIP policy on obvious grounds. The very fact that Nick Clegg stood on the same stage as Nigel Farage was a mistake and revealed his lack of political judgment. Why were not the other two parties represented, as an all UK debate? Or, was it, perhaps, merely a job interview for the junior partner of the next Coalition?
Clegg’s follow up criticism of Farage over Ukraine was a pathetic sideshow to the illegal Western involvement in a coup d’etat, in which fascists have now formally entered into the cabinet of a soon-to-be European government for the first time since WWII. But, we all pretend that that did not happen and condemn Russia instead. Farage was ironically correct on this issue that the Coalition government has ‘blood on its hands’ over Ukraine, and UKIP has never been as strong as it is today. It is now conceivable to imagine a Coalition Government in which they would be a part, such as a Conservative-UKIP alliance.
To read the rest of the article, please visit The British Wasteland
July 8, 2014 at 2:48 am (Aesthetics, Atheism, Banks, Bataille, Being and Time, China, Chinese, Chinese New Left, Creativity, deconstruction, Democratic Communism, Democratic Community, Derrida, Early German Romanticism, Europe, Existentialism, feminism, Financial Crisis, Foucault, freedom, German Romanticism, Greece, Greek philosophy, Hegel, Heidegger, Innovation, Lacan, Marxism, Nietzsche, Open Rights, philosophy, Philosophy Lectures, Poetry, Taoism, Time, Uncategorized, Wittgenstein)
Tags: ancient greek philosophy, Badiou, Bataille, Chinese New Left, Democratic Community, freedom, Maoism, temporality
Karl Marx and the School’s adopted cat, Meow Tse Tung
July 8, 2014 at 2:38 am (Aesthetics, Banks, Bataille, Being and Time, Captivation, China, Chinese, Chinese New Left, Creativity, Death, Democratic Community, Taoism)
Tags: Badiou, Bataille, Democratic Community, freedom, temporality, tragedy
July 7, 2014 at 11:57 pm (Aesthetics, Atheism, Banks, Bataille, Being and Time, Brixton, Cameron, Captivation, China, Chinese, Chinese New Left, Christianity, Coalition Government, Creativity, Death, deconstruction, Democratic Communism, Democratic Community, Derrida, Diogenes, Dylan Thomas, Early German Romanticism, Europe, European Elections 2014, European Structural Funding, European Union, Existentialism, feminism, Finance Capitalism, Financial Crisis, Foucault, freedom, General Election 2015, German Romanticism, Greece, Greek philosophy, Hegel, Heidegger, Heraclitus, Heroclitus, Husserl, Innovation, Islam, Judaism, Kant, Lacan, Marxism, negative theology, Nietzsche, Occupy Wall Street, Open Rights, philosophy, Philosophy Lectures, Poetry, Queen Elisabeth II, Racism, Sartre, Socrates, Spinoza, Squatters, Squatting, Syria, Taoism, Thrasymachus, Time, Uncategorized, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Wall Street, Welsh Development, Wittgenstein)
Tags: ancient greek philosophy, Bataille, Chinese New Left, Continental Philosophy, Deleuze, Democratic Community, Heidegger, Holderlin, Nietzsche, philosophy
July 6, 2014 at 1:05 am (Cameron, Democratic Community, Dylan Thomas, General Election 2015, Occupy Wales, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Welsh Development)
Tags: Andy Chyba, Blaid Gwyrdd, Coalition Government, Cymru, Leanne Wood, Mike Parker, Plaid Cymru
WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF WALES? COMMUNITY MEETING ON THE GENERAL ELECTIONS WEDNESDAY, July 9th 7:30PM Guild Hall, High Street, Cardigan
July 6, 2014 at 12:37 am (Cameron, Coalition Government, Creativity, Democratic Community, Dylan Thomas, European Elections 2014, European Structural Funding, European Union, General Election 2015, Innovation, Occupy Wales, Open Rights, philosophy, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Welsh Development)
Tags: Democratic Community, European Union, Green Party, Leanne Wood, Mike Parker, Party of Wales, Plaid Cymru, Stop the Cuts, The Green Party
WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF WALES?
ALL ARE WELCOME!
COME AND EXPRESS YOUR VIEWS!
THE GENERAL ELECTION IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK!
WE CAN EITHER TAKE WALES BACK FROM THE COALITION OR LOSE THE LITTLE THAT WE STILL HAVE!
SPEAKERS INCLUDE MIKE PARKER, MP CANDIDATE FOR CEREDIGION AND ANDY CHYBA, LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE FOR THE GREEN PARTY
June 13, 2014 at 5:14 pm (Banks, Bataille, China, Chinese New Left, Creativity, deconstruction, Democratic Communism, Europe, European Union, Finance Capitalism, Financial Crisis, Foucault, freedom, Innovation, Marxism, Nietzsche, Occupy Wall Street, philosophy, Uncategorized, Wall Street)
Tags: Class Prejudice, Democratic Community, Democratic Economy, Employee Ownership, Employee Self-Management, Heterodox economics, John Bates Clark, Neo-Classical Economics, Roger McCain, Sraffa, Worker Cooperatives
This essay, which is quite different than most of the essays on this site (especially as it unavoidably includes mathematical equations) explores that which is deemed here as the ‘second mystery’, which concerns why there are not more employee owned firms, given that they have been shown to be objectively more productive. The first mystery, which was the focus of an investigation by Roger McCain in his ‘The Mystery of Worker Buyouts of Bankrupt Firms,’ examines the reason why workers will take over a bankrupt firm (a bankrupt country, global governance), even if it means a short-term fall in wages. His conclusion is that the Neo-Classical economic theory of John Bates Clark, which depends upon the reductive notion of rational self-interest among workers, sets forth a false conception of the interests of the worker as a ‘one-dimensional man’ (Marcuse), and thus, cannot explain the complexity and depth of the decision-making process of workers in the crisis situation of a bankrupt firm or a bankrupt planet.
In this current essay, ‘The Second Mystery: Employee Ownership and the Democratic Economy’, in addition to giving a detailed account of McCain’s essay, sets forth the political and cultural reasons for the lack of confidence and interest by the banking sector in employee owned firms. These reasons turn on the false picture of the worker in Neo-Classical economics and the anti-democratic prejudices of the ‘movers and shakers’ of the capitalist economy, including scholars of economics. Beyond the alternative theoretical model set forth by McCain, which is based upon Game Theory and the capacity of workers to initiate subgame strategies in the context of an employee buyout of a bankrupt firm, the essay lays out historical examples of previous successful and non-successful attempts of employee ownership, emphasising the need for the creation of a Democratic Economy which is based on a revaluation of the intelligence and capacity for self-management of employees in the context of an ongoing concern – one of the most important of which is democracy itself (and its meaning).
To read this essay, please visit ‘The Second Mystery: Employee Ownership and the Democratic Economy.’
May 23, 2014 at 1:52 am (Heidegger, philosophy, Time, Death, Captivation, freedom, Creativity, Nietzsche, Bataille, Existentialism, Derrida, deconstruction, Kant, Foucault, Being and Time, Lacan)
Tags: philosophy, Heidegger, Bataille, Nietzsche, Foucault, Kant, Continental Philosophy, Badiou, psychoanalysis, Freud, temporality, object a
The following piece is a conversation between psychoanalyst Andrew Stein and philosopher James Luchte on Lacan and psychoanalysis that took place on 22 May 2014.
The conversation was prompted by an invitation by James Luchte to Andrew Stein to comment on his article, ‘Fatal Repetition: Badiou and the Age of the Poets, with an Appendix: A Psychoanalysis of Alain Badiou.’