The first part of a chapter, titled “Encoding the Law the Household and the Standardisation Of Uncertainty,” for an edited volume on mapping precariousness. Continue reading
Fascism is as American as Henry Ford. And Donald Trump. Continue reading
Below is the bare-bones of the paper I did for the recent ASA conference on debt, oikos and service. The argument in that is drawn from C&C, but it’s an argument that I’ve become more sure of since, particularly with the recent wave of occupations at Sussex University against the privatisation of catering, and more recently the COSAS strike at the University of London.
An extract from Tony Robbin’s Shadows of Reality: The Fourth Dimension in Relativity, Cubism, and Modern Thought, on Edwin Abbott’s Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. Enjoy.
I had sat down to do a post on automation and the abolition/limit of work-time, but given the level of some of the discussion I’ve seen, that seems to require some preliminaries and backgrounding, so aside from these remarks below, there’s another post on the concept of ‘socially-necessary labour’ here.
There’s been some renewed discussion around both the abolition of jobs and a re-assertion of demands for limits to work-time. The second of these is taken up in Laura Flanders’ interview with Kathi Weeks at Truthout, while the first is discussed by David Graeber in “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs.”
The wage contract is not identical or commensurate in the sense that the labour it ‘represents’ is or can be identical to the exchange it governs. Continue reading
Zero-hour contracts have been in the news quite a bit lately. Here are some recent links: Continue reading
This is the extended abstract for the paper I’d prepared some months back for a conference, and a clip from the occupation of Sussex University I’d planned to show
An excerpt from Contract & Contagion: From Biopolitics to Oikonomia, pp.113-18.
Implicit or not, there persists a view of capitalism in which the border is understood as extraneous to the inherent tendencies of capital. In this, capital and the state are regarded as distinctive logics, the first inclined to overtake limits, the second emphasising limit as such. […] Continue reading