Wars of position, wars of maneuver

The concepts of “war of position” and “war of maneuver” are widely, and incorrectly, attributed to Antonio Gramsci. They also serve as a glimpse into longstanding debates over theories of causation and the decisive element in both figurative and literal wars.

The hucksters of discontent

Naomi Klein has a piece in the Guardian which is fairly indicative of an argument being made by various socialists and social democrats in moments such as this. Her argument, put simply, is that while racism and misogyny were indeed factors in Trump’s election, it is really ‘neoliberalism’ – the ‘rise of the Davos class’…

Conversations about things

Two recent and wide-ranging interviews, one in the UK-based publication Base, another in a forthcoming edition of the Canadian journal Public: Art, Culture, Ideas. And I’ll also be keynoting at the 8th New Materialisms conference – The Ethics of Decolonizing Nature and Culture (Paris, June 7-9, 2017), along with Bruno Latour and Rosi Braidotti.

The commons

The first paragraph of a chapter I wrote on “The Commons,” for a forthcoming edited volume on gender and nature. 

“Oh, can someone just slap Tsiolkas?!”*

Friday morning I woke to three emails, ranging in degrees of anger, about Christos Tsiolkas’ piece in The Monthly. I had glimpsed other responses that were more favourable, and it took me a while to get around to reading it in full. But finish I did, in part because I was curious about why it…

Machine and accident

Monoskop posted Norbert Wiener’s “The Machine Age” [pdf], previously unpublished and written in 1949 for the NYT.  I think it makes for fascinating (albeit nerdy) reading.