Discussions about Materialisms. PDF of October, issue 155, already available

The depths of denial can yield some interesting mixtures. Pretty cool though. 

As Michael F. pointed out to me several hours ago, the PDF link at the bottom of THIS PAGE already provides a free download of the entirety of “A Questionnaire on Materialisms.” I was unaware of this because my laptop gave me only Russian error messages when I clicked on PDF, but then it worked […]




At some point (probably in Absolution part 2) i will develop a point upon ‘culmination’, as well a suggestion of ‘deep time’. 

This post is pretty good for now.

Nick Land’s work is a “mad black Deleuzianism”. What is really interesting in these texts is the way in which there is an extraordinary re-elaboration of negativity, a kind of non-conceptual negativity, and these texts bristle with this kind of sublimated fury, and that’s what makes them really powerful.


Explosions in Brussels: What is our Responsibility?

First, a primer:

  1. Now; on one hand Terry Gilliam has got it right: The situation and the response as well the irony (humor). But Im not going to propose some sort of ‘zen peace’ will solve it.
  2. Yet the seriousness that such ‘terrorism’ is countered by is just plain insanity. The respnsibility is just take the fuckers out, as well as, just accept that every counter measure feeds another responsive violence into the pipeline of the real.

Excuse my insensitivity, but the problem is that in taking the fuckers out we cant get all the fuckers, so there is always a back lash. The families, the friends, collegues who have nothing to do with the actions of their known person, but also the ones that are ‘not activated’ until something triggers them to blame. As well, always someone else who has a gripe for what ever reason.

If we can choose what religion we want to beleive based upon what we already think about things, why cant people then choose to ‘become’ terrorists, just because it is justified anger, or matyred self righteousness? 

I like what someone said recently (paraphrase): there has always been terrorism. Its just now the trope is being (over) used to consolidate power, to manifest the True (one) ideological state.

There is always violence. There is always a ‘whole’ world that is coming to an end. People are always dying for one reason or another. We deal with it as we do, in our personal ways. But when the state is taken to hold the responsibility of ‘we’, as if there is a ‘nation that is mourning’, meaning some sort of grand unitive entity that is having an emotion, well, that opens the door to a ‘father’ state, a state that must have a cause, and right now, the cause is terrorism.

The funny thing is, is that the ‘terrorrist’ is reacting the the very ideal that calls out terrorism as a big problem. It is only ‘big’ because the state is being challenged. Are not gang killings ‘terror’? Are not drug deaths ‘terror’? Why are we locating occasions where quite a few people are actually dying? I mean 1000’s of people die every day due to gangs, drugs, racism, bad meat and veggies, domestic violence and car accidents. Are they not also terrible?

How are we segregating these terrible items in a scaffolded hierarchy of ideals?

Not to be too overreactive, but Nazi Germany did as much to consolidate ideology. It does not matter what some actual thing might be (for example, the Jews were just people and families); what matters is what meaning is imbued into real categories to mobilize ideological support.
Ok. Heres the REPOST:

Explosions in Brussels. A friend on Facebook asked: “What now constitutes an overreaction or under-reaction?”… I think you’re right, our so to speak Western Civilization is morally bankrupt, unable to act, unable to make up its mind and accept the responsibility of this issue as its own. We pretend with ourselves that we are not […]


A Conversation with Theodor W. Adorno (Spiegel, 1969)

The question i consider most often is: How did i know what Adorno was talking about before i knew that he existed? 

“…has already happened and was missed…and so never occurrs.” —Nonphilosophy and Aphilosophy. 2015


Originally posted on communists in situ: Translated, edited, and with an introduction by Gerhard Richter  “Philosophy, which once seemed passe,” Theodor W. Adorno’s Negative Dia­lectic begins, “remains alive because the moment of its realization was missed” (“Philosophie, die einmal überholt schien, erhält sich am Leben, weil der Augenblick ihrer Verwirklichung versäumt ward“). (1) This perspective…


His Name Is Robert Paulson.

I am trying to wrap up my latest book. The part I’m on is concerning the plight of the operator of truth and the real appropriation of meaning.

I was reminded of this part in the movie Fight Club:

It is so perfect, and so funny !

It illustrates so perfectly the philosophical plight.

Free EBook – Is Lacan an Anti-Philosopher? (Slavoj Zizek and Alain Badiou)

Alain Badiou and Slavoj Zizek have given me permission to publish an edited transcription of a key debate that occurred between them. I decided that instead of going through a traditional publisher, I will simply release the transcript here. This is a draft and I do not expect to complete the project any further. It nonetheless […]


Love’s Kitchen and the Parallax View.

I guess this is the closest type of embed I can find.

While it seems somewhat contrary to have all my theoretical/critical posts and essays and then post these songs, such as the one below, the point will be similar to how Harman talks about Lovecraft, or Miellassoux uses Mallarme, or Hiedegger brings in Holderlin. The Covert Sound Philosophy will be shown to behave in the same manner, have the use as the same object that these authors have of their example artists. Yet not only will the Covert Sound be used, many other modern rock music will also be shown to function in the same manner for the Philosophical Hack, as Lovecraft, Marllarme and Holderlin does for those theorists just mentioned.

I am in an effort to describe the situation wherein these authors, and possibly other philosophers, gain their posture, the manner and or mechanism and or juxtaposition of aspects to there by gain the philosophical object, albeit, as a method of proposing philosophical ideas. Who knows if I will succeed in this grand endeavor, but we will see. At least I am fairly certain I will be able to grant a picture of a method to thereby at least call the method out as some sort of game, if not to all together discredit the ideas gained by such a method itself. It seems more consistent with the exposure, though, that the explication  of the situation will merely open the door for meaning that will allow the treatment of any occurrence or effect as nothing more than a game, and allow for an ethics based upon this maxim. In short, I mean to describe the mechanism of a particular parallax by exposing how such a view comes into play.

The song below, called “Love’s Kitchen”, is an example of a philosophical situation. The corpus of the Covert Sound Philosophy is one side of the situation, one view of the object, where the Philosophical Hack is the critical theory, the ‘philosophy proper’ of that same object.

I suppose I am beginning to present these views, these “examples of parallax” in order to bring a certain comfort, to arouse a certain familiarity of scene, to there by be able to then at some point in the elaboration of theory, move in by a type of retrogradation to thereby complete the object in-itself through the inclusion of the Covert Sound Philosophy. We will see  just how this plays out.

We should also notice or be aware that we should not jump to conclusions. There is indeed a type of music genre associated here in a particular manner that some may not appreciate aesthetically; it may not be the type of music they like. Well, Lovecraft is probably the only artist used by the above artists that I could even come close to enjoying, but I nevertheless can understand each of the authors’ correlative use of the art. In this same way, though, in as much a ‘Love’s Kitchen’ may betray a certain attitude or even bent or take upon life and world, it is, after all, merely  one artistic event of the situation, one momentary expression. The Covert Sound will also, though probably abrasive to those who would like to retain a certain ‘not love’ attitude, a certain ‘hard rock’ or ‘dark’, maybe ‘fuck you’ kind of attitude, explain how such moments likewise can be discerned in this parallax view put forth wherein “Love’s Kitchen” likewise hold a place. In short, I will describe the whole of theoretical-aesthetic world, whether it be based in reactionary fear, questioning despair, or accepting love; there will be no place for any individuated attitude to hide in aesthetics.

At least, this is what my big head is telling me; again, we will see how it actually presents itself.


In the mean time, please enjoy..


Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism

I am beginning to question whether this type of worry is towards the good or bad.

Perhaps we are just ‘stuck’ in a small conception of posssibility for what it is to be human.

I donno? 

What do you think? 

Governmental control is nothing compared to what Google is up to. The company is creating a wholly new genus of capitalism, a systemic coherent new logic of accumulation we should call surveillance capitalism. Is there nothing we can do?surveillance capitalism Source: Shoshana Zuboff: Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism