Commute City and Industrial Development.

The concept of the ” commute city” denotes the type of city which doesn’t have a positive industry for itself but is mostly made up of a demographic which works elsewhere (or doesn’t work at all). In such a city, the residents aren’t engaged in production within the city and therefore there is not a large class of workers which the city can engage with at a political level. This is because the function of the commute city is not industry but consumption, it is “sleep”, it is free-time. It constitutes the realm of economy beyond production, ie, it constitutes consumption, market allocation, and exchange. Continue reading “Commute City and Industrial Development.”

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The Now is Not Now.

“Kant’s thought is this, the argument is that theoretically there can be no first, without a second.

That is, there can be no first moment of consciousness that would be where be begin. And the reason why there can be no first moment of consciousness where we begin, is because unless that moment were connected to a second moment, it would not count as first.

Our awareness of something as first… as in the example of a clock tower bells chiming, as you often wonder as you are counting whether you had heard the first one.

The point here is, and this is Kant’s thought, is that in order for me to be counting the towns of the bell’s chiming, I have to hold in mind the first as I hear the second, and it is the holding in mind of the first, reproduction in imagination, that let’s me hear the second [as second]and finally that let’s me go back to the first and hear it as the first.” – Bernstein, Lectures on the CPR.

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For Zummi, AGAIN

/* I wrote this text about a year ago though I’ve updated many parts of it before posting. This has been written in response to a long and serious engagement with Zummi’s works online. Zummi started the reddit community /sots (Sorcery of the Spectacle) he was a frequent poster there and quite admired as well. However, to me Zummi was mostly a friend and an interlocutor, as well as a teacher whom I’ve known since my youth. The following text was written in response to Zummi’s criticism of left-wing politics and specifically Marxism on the /sots sub-reddit.

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Have You Seen the Movie Click? – You Know, with Adam Sandler.

“Today we face two Gods, opium and masses.” As I was watching the movie Click (2006), this formulation by Zizek was silently repeated as a kind of mantra. I will leave aside the question of “masses” here, what interests me is opium, in some fundamental way the mentality of substance abuse seems to reveal something essential about how we engage with the world today. Continue reading “Have You Seen the Movie Click? – You Know, with Adam Sandler.”

The Dash: A Preliminary Response.

This week I attended a talk with Slavoj Zizek, Rebecca Comay and Frank Ruda. The talk was about a new book written by Rebecca Comay and Frank Ruda. In my last post I talked about my experience at this talk which was something quite memorable (link at the end). The Dash which the title of the book refers to describes two ambiguous instances in which Hegel utilizes a “dash”:

  1. by the end of the phenomenology.
  2. by the start of the Logic.

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A Lingering Blunder.

“In section 8 of Ideas, Husserl talks about the independence of sciences of fact from sciences of essence. Sciences of essence are wholly eidetic [formal] and pertain only to the generality and apodeictic necessity. Analytic judgments cannot be inferred from factual/ concrete facts, “from facts follow facts.” Yet in section 9, Husserl talks about a relation between sciences of fact and of essence, citing the development of modern sciences as springing from the rigor of geometrical mathematics, seemingly directly contradicting the former section. From there he continues to talk about the “analytic region of nature”, is this analytic region a region of fact? If it is not, why call it “nature”?” Continue reading “A Lingering Blunder.”