Aesthetics and Late Capitalism

“There is a boundary to men’s passions when the act from feeling; none when they are under the influence of imagination”Edmund Burke – Appeal from the New to the Old Whigs   From Kant through to Heidegger enlightenment philosophy has placed a high virtue upon the realm of the aesthetic and even today in a … Continue reading Aesthetics and Late Capitalism

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“Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want”

"A schzioanalytic thesis: desire’s social investments have, and will continue to possess primacy of place over familial ones."    From their two-volume magnum opus, the French theorists Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari proposed a number of lines of analysis that explored the limits of desire, politics and the role of the subject. Perhaps one of the most … Continue reading “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want”

REVIEW: “Against Austerity” by Richard Seymour

Against Austerity, How We can Fix the Crisis They Made by Richard Seymour, (London, Pluto Press, 2014) Some political and social constructs seem to come ready-made with an air of permanence about them – dropping into public and political discourse with a veneer of doughty solidity. Of course, it is the impression of solidity that … Continue reading REVIEW: “Against Austerity” by Richard Seymour

Extending the Carceral System: Ferguson and Foucault

All too often the ideological operations of our day-to-day life function with a degree of concealment. In moments of crisis however ideology and certain discursive operations become easier to spot yet often paradoxically harder to analyse as the crisis itself discourages critical examination in favor of solutions or immediate action as critical thinking becomes a … Continue reading Extending the Carceral System: Ferguson and Foucault

Nobody Got No Class – Location, Location, Location

“We’re all middle class now”                                                 John Prescott “There is no such thing as society…merely individuals”                                                                               … Continue reading Nobody Got No Class – Location, Location, Location

Radical Decontextualization – Fragments On Photography

I haven’t written anything here for a little while. This was partly out of personal circumstances and partly borne out of conscious choice – I never wanted to write just for the sake of churning out content as theory should always only be done when there’s something to say( TRY to remember that  Slavoj, please…) … Continue reading Radical Decontextualization – Fragments On Photography

The Politics of Imagination

Andrew O’Hagan should, by all rights be a Scottish national treasure. A stunningly successful writer he’s won and been nominated for pretty much every major award a writer can be. He’s written plays, fiction – even ghost-wrote for Julian Assange. Yet he managed to get himself in trouble with his essay ‘Scotland’s Auld Injury.’ The … Continue reading The Politics of Imagination