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Franco Bifo Berardi: The Warrior, the Merchant and the Sage

On 15 February 2003 when millions of people all over the world took to the streets to stop the war, many felt that military global power was about to lose all consensus and that this could signal the beginning of its crisis. But power is no longer grounded on consensus, but terror, ignorance and technological-economic financial and psychic automotisms, that politics is no longer able to control and that mass action is no longer able to modify or stop.

Matteo Pasquinelli: Radical machines against techno-Empire. From utopia to networks

What is knowledge sharing? How does the knowledge economy function? Where is the general intellect at work? Take the cigarettes machine. The machine you see is the embodying of a scientific knowledge into hardware and software components, generations of engineering stratified for commercial use: it automatically manages fluxes of money and commodities, substitutes a human with a user-friendly interface, defends private property, functions on the basis of a minimal control and restocking routine. Where has the tobacconist gone? Sometimes he enjoys free time. Other times the company that owns the chain of distribution has replaced him. In his place one often meets the technician. Far from emulating Marx's Fragment on machines with a Fragment on cigarette machines, this unhealthy example is meant to show how postfordist theories live around us and that material or abstract machines built by collective intelligence are organically chained to the fluxes of the economy and of our needs.

Jerome-Alexandre Nielsberg: Is cosmopolitics a new idea?

The notion of cosmopolitics has a long history in European political philosophy. The historian Enzo Traverso traces its development and underscores its contradictions. At the Paris FSE, especially in sessions dealing with world peace, the term "cosmopolitics" was used a lot. What’s it all about?

Pont St. Martin Parigi: The undesirables

There are ever increasing numbers of undesirables in the world. There are too many men and women for whom this society has not provided any role except that of croaking in order to make everyone else function. Dead to the world or to themselves: this is the only way society wants them.

Christian Marazzi: L'inganno della babysitter

Il caso Parmalat e l'economia politica della menzogna. Un sentiero di lettura L'inganno della baby sitter Parmalat, Enron, WorldCom, Crédit Lyonnais, Vivendi sono accomunate dallo stesso circolo ben poco virtuoso che si snoda tra falsificazione della contabilità e gioco spericolato in borsa. Ma quello che molti studiosi considerano solo una illecita distorsione nel funzionamento dell'economia è invece una delle caratteristiche strutturali del cosiddetto capitalismo cognitivo. Da Guido Rossi a André Gorz, da Barbara Ehrenreich a John Plender, alcuni libri per ricostruire genesi e sviluppo di un rapporto sociale basato sulla asimmetria di conoscenza tra forza-lavoro e impresa, nella quale il management cerca di appropriarsi del sapere

Christian Marazzi: Dentro la sindrome cinese

Dai desideri inconfessabili e mai realizzati della New Economy al bisogno di pace che si nasconde dietro la «convenzione Cina», da tre anni vincente sui mercati finanziari mondiali grazie alla vastità del suo mercato e alle sue potenzialità espansive. Tra processi economici e nuove soggettività, un cambio di tendenza che coinvolge in primo luogo l'Europa. Nuovo baricentro di inediti scenari.

Franco Bifo Berardi: What is the Meaning of Autonomy Today?

I do not intend to make an historical recapitulation of the movement called autonomy, but I want to understand its peculiarity through an overview of some concepts like "refusal of work", and "class composition". Journalists often use the word "operaismo" to define a political and philosophical movement which surfaced in Italy during the 60s. I absolutely dislike this term, because it reduces the complexity of the social reality to the mere datum of the centrality of the industrial workers in the social dynamics of late modernity.

Giorgio Agamben: No to Bio-Political Tattooing

The newspapers leave no doubt: from now on whoever wants to go to the United States with a visa will be put on file and will have to leave their fingerprints when they enter the country. Personally, I have no intention of submitting myself to such procedures and that's why I didn't wait to cancel the course I was supposed to teach at New York University in March.

Etienne Balibar: L’Europe: une “impossible” citoyenneté?

Prenant le contre-pied d’un certain nombre de discours triomphalistes qui sont actuellement tenus par les gouvernements, les instances européennes elles-mêmes, et une partie des commentateurs politiques (en se fondant sur la progression de l’intégration administrative, économique, militaire, etc.), on se propose de défendre ici l’idée “ pessimiste ” que l’Europe se trouve actuellement dans une situation d’impossibilité, qui appelle une prise de conscience, des propositions, des initiatives.

David Berry & Giles Moss: LibreSociety.org Manifesto

A constellation of interests is now seeking to increase their ownership and control of creativity. They tell us that they require new laws and rights that allow them to control concepts and ideas and protect them from exploitation. They say that this will enrich our lives, create new products and safeguard the possibility of future prosperity. But this is an absolute disaster for creativity, whose health depends on an ongoing, free and open conversation between ideas from the past and the present. In response, we wish to defend the idea of a creative sphere of concepts and ideas that are free from ownership.