IF Capital, part 8: NOT writing anything at all
Adventures in Marxist Theory
by Ian Wright
1M ago
Click here to read part 7. I had annoyed the semi-famous novelist, David Lodge. It wasn’t really my fault. Regardless, the free booze washed away even repressed feelings of guilt. At some point I wandered back to the back-of-the-newsagent converted garage that I shared with a fellow student. Back to sleep it off. And then a new day, cursed with a hangover but blessed by the existence of our, by modern standards, twenty-tiny TV and SEGA megadrive. Back to smoking weed, playing games and internal reveries on philosophy I’d half-read and half-understood. I had liked the first issue of ****collaps ..read more
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IF Capital, part 7: NOT meeting David Lodge
Adventures in Marxist Theory
by Ian Wright
1M ago
Click here to read part 6. Where were we?  We were in the 1990s, in Birmingham, the second biggest city in the UK, with a try-hard but failing vibe captured by The Fall’s satirical and sarcastic, “Birmingham School of Business School” Birmingham School of Business School Laughing-stock of European Olympic bidding again and again “Exciting developments” Birmingham was the civic equivalent of an aging TV star signing autographs for 5 quid a pop at a poorly attended fan convention. Its glory days, to be frank, were not that glorious, and very much behind it. The pretensions of the civic l ..read more
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Algorithms All the Way Down: People Die, Capital Does Not (podcast interview with the Blockchain Socialist)
Adventures in Marxist Theory
by Ian Wright
1M ago
I had a very enjoyable conversation with the Blockchain Socialist on Marx on capital as a “real God“, how capital is like an algorithm and the idea of venture communism. We also discussed why the Left should take crypto more seriously from an internationalist point of view. Algorithms All the Way Down: People Die, Capital Does Not ..read more
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Material foundations for algorithmic socialism (transcript of 2015 talk)
Adventures in Marxist Theory
by Ian Wright
2M ago
This is a transcript of an informal talk given to the CCS in June 2015. This was just before Ethereum was about to launch. The idea of “smart contracts”, Turing-complete blockchains, and distributed autonomous organisations etc. were really just nascent ideas and beta technology. The ecological disaster of proof-of-work systems was just emerging. Proof-of-stake alternatives hardly existed. But, as of today, in November 2022, Ethereum is environmentally clean and stores about 30 billion dollars in value. And we’re beginning to see the first consciously socialist and communal on-chain experiment ..read more
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Victorian Seances and Marx’s Law of Value (audio)
Adventures in Marxist Theory
by Ian Wright
3M ago
This is a recording of a talk given on 4th November 2022 in Oxford. I discuss the spooky relationship between Victorian spirit summoning and the “phantom-like objectivity” of value. This is a ghost story, and like all good ghost stories, it’s true. Talk (40 mins) A commodity appears, at first sight, a very trivial thing, and easily understood. Its analysis shows that it is, in reality, a very queer thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties. So far as it is a value in use, there is nothing mysterious about it, whether we consider it from the point of view that by its ..read more
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Isaac Newton’s occult properties (audio)
Adventures in Marxist Theory
by Ian Wright
8M ago
This is a recording of a talk given on 9th June 2022 in Oxford. I discuss the two sides of Newton: the enchanted medieval Christian — believer in occult spirits that move the universe — and the disenchanted early modern scientist — believer in mechanisms, laws and the experimental method. I discuss Newton’s Arianism and his speculations that a Cosmic Christ maintained the laws of nature both in the macrocosm (the incorporeal transmitter of action at a distance) and in the microcosm (the alchemical spirit or “fire at the heart of the world”). But his decades as Master of the Royal Mint did not ..read more
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Interview on Marx’s Real God (Metaphysical Podcast)
Adventures in Marxist Theory
by Ian Wright
9M ago
The nice people at The Metaphysical Podcast (Seattle) interviewed me about Marx’s Real God. We get into the differences between Marx’s Real God and the gods we’re more familiar with, the great power of egregores in shaping human history, capitalism as an inverted continuation of pre-capitalist sacrificial religions, social control systems, and why the Real God is demonic, the cause of enormous social ills, which must be overthrown. Alternative History/Politics: Ian Wright and Dark Marxism ..read more
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Review of “How Labor Powers the Global Economy” by Emmanuel Farjoun, Moshé Machover and David Zachariah.
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by Ian Wright
9M ago
My review of “How Labor Powers the Global Economy” (2022) the sequel to the seminal “Laws of Chaos” (1983) can be read in the Weekly Worker ..read more
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ONTOCAST interview on the Theory of the General Law of Value [Transcript]
Adventures in Marxist Theory
by Ian Wright
11M ago
The nice people at the ONTOCAST podcast interviewed me about my theory of the general law of value. I was asked some great questions, including (i) what differentiates the general theory from Marx’s theory, (ii) the meaning of Marx’s volume 3 transformation procedure, (iii) the relations between Marx’s values and super-integrated values, (iv) the dynamics of the law of value, including the causal relations between values and prices, and finally (v) how the more general theory solves, or more accurately dissolves, one of the main problems of Marx’s theory of value. We also had time to reflect o ..read more
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Essays on Capital as a Real God
Adventures in Marxist Theory
by Ian Wright
1y ago
Marx on Capital as a Real God Dark Eucharist of the Real God ..read more
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