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Marx

The «smart» interior of everyday life

GIMMICK:
Sianne Ngai: Theory of the Gimmick

Sianne Ngai is one of the most original Marxist cultural theorists of her generation. But she seems keen on pulling the aesthetics down into the mud.

The question of technique

IOT:
Mercedes Bunz and GrahamMeikle: The Internet of Things

Things are starting to behave. But the fact that things around us are getting smarter does not necessarily mean that we ourselves are getting smarter, quite the contrary.

How capitalist alienation has assumed form

THE MEDIA SOCIETY:
Guy Debord: The spectacular community

An analysis of how human relationships, including language, have been staged. Here in a cool elegance, what Debord himself called "the style of negation."

Thomas Piketty does not settle for a crisis of capitalism

DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM:
Thomas Piketty, translators Peer Bundgaard, Manni Crone, Adam Diderichsen and Niels Ivar Larsen: Capital and ideology

Piketty's latest book is about redistribution and not so much else. There is an awful lot of statistics and some fine literary examples. The hope of green capitalism seems to have completely disappeared.

Where were your revolutionaries, Karl?

PHILOSOPHY:
Christian Labhart: Passion – Between Revolt and Resignation

The documentary Passion – Between Revolt and Resignation reflects on man's willingness to engage in his time and to revolt.

The understanding of the possible

MARX:
Mikkel Bolt: At the cry of Marxism – Studies in Western Marxism's self-criticism, expansion and settlement

Mikkel Bolt takes hold of the many uprisings of our time. He belongs to the theorists who would have liked to see the settlement of what we might call state and party Marxism.

A dangerous transhumanism

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE:
Nick Dyer-Witheford, Atle Mikkola Kjøsen, James Steinhoff: Inhuman Power – Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Capitalism

Nick Dyer-Whitford is a ring fox in critical studies of technology and artificial intelligence. He also criticizes luxury communism and the so-called accelerationists.

Social class Marx did not predict


Gérard Duménil and Dominique Lévy: Managerial Capitalism: Ownership, Management and the Coming New Mode of Production

Today's mode of production has not two, but three classes: the capitalists, the working class and the leaders. 

Johan Galtung: How is Norway going?

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How independent and critical can one be? In Part 2 of the double interview with Johan Galtung, we talk about Norway's relationship with the United States, Sweden, Muslims, anarchism and Marxism.

Limitation on freedom


Arne Johan Vetlesen and Rasmus Willig: What should we answer?

We know it so well, and we really don't want to. Therefore, we are at odds with our own feelings when we act as blind to the destruction of nature.

Marx in dreams


Marshall Berman: Modernism in the Streets A Life and Times in Essays

Marxist humanism can help people feel at home in history, even when history hurts them. 

A Communist Manifesto

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Can Karl Marx still show us some ways forward 168 years after the book came out?