Marxist Materialism

a blog called Larval Subjects that discuss the philosophy of marxist materialism? whaaaat? where have you been all my life?

Larval Subjects .

Responding to Graham’s talk at Dundee, Reid has a terrific post up discussing the manner in which Marxist materialism differs from reductive materialisms that trace back to the atomism of Democritus, Epicurus, and Lucretius. In many respects, Reid’s remarks come very close to a number of the central intuitions of OOO and onticology where social and political thought are concerned. These intuitions revolve around hoisting social and political thought from its almost exclusive focus on what I call the semiotic, to take into account other domains of collectives and the role they play in social formations. Thus Reid writes:

Materialism in Marx’s sense is neither a metaphysical nor an epistemological doctrine; it is not a philosophical doctrine or theory in any ordinary sense. Rather, it is a meta-philosophical doctrine about the relation between philosophy and its material conditions of possibility. In this regard, both the content of philosophical discourse and…

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Facing increased right-wing violence, Israeli leftists learn to fight back

from 972mag

You can’t see it, but people here are ready to respond to violence. A protest against racism in Jerusalem. (Photo by

Thursday and Saturday nights in downtown Jerusalem have become terrifying. On those days, a group of youth gathers in West Jerusalem’s Zion Square, often next to a permanent pop-up stand manned by members of anti-miscegenation groupLehava. The youth meet there and then take to the streets chanting “Death to Arabs,” harassing and assaulting Arab cab drivers, women in hijabs and businesses that employ Arabs. Since they became active, fewer and fewer Palestinians have been stepping foot in this part of the city.

The few left-wing activists who dare to be out on the streets on these nights usually walk alongside the youth, quietly, documenting their actions and calling the police – but without getting involved, knowing full well that the violence could at any moment be directed at them. Recently, however, they decided to change their approach. Last Thursday, around 200 of them gathered in Zion Square to stand up to the violence.

That night marked the (temporary) crystallization of left-wing self defense groups in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and other cities in Israel. Not many could have known, but among those 200 protesters were a few dozen who came prepared for the possibility of a violent confrontation with right-wing extremists.

“It was the most significant left-wing event in Jerusalem since the protests in Sheikh Jarrah,” one veteran activist said.

“The collective, anti-racist presence was no less than amazing,” said Eyal, another activist from Jerusalem. “A month ago, you couldn’t imagine such an event; not just being defensive and under the radar, but attacking, marking territory, marking our enemies and saying loud and clear that they are illegitimate – that they have no place in the public discourse. It means coming out in numbers, coming with confidence, showing strength and being ready in the event we are attacked.”


“Let’s just say we came prepared. Definitely prepared. Out of 200 protesters, 40-50 knew how to respond. If the situation presented itself – they knew what to do. By interposing themselves and defending, not attacking or looking to fight. But they know very well how to if need be,” he said.

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Doomsday: “how people really react in a crisis”

I listened to an awesome podcast about a guy who survived several disasters, including the West Virgina chemical spill.

This is the original site, if you want to download it.

The guy in this podcast said that, in his first disaster, people were mobbing stores on literally the next day, and in the case of the chemical spill, the stores were mobbed and order was breaking down on the very same day.  This makes me reassess my procurement strategy.  Apparently, the first few days, the procurement spots (grocery stores, convenience stores) will be completely mobbed, and a very bad place to be (unless you’re rolling with a crew and are ready to tell all the customer-hopefuls to piss off and get out of your way while you load up on stuff).

So procurement spots will be more something you should pick through after the initial rush has collapsed, to scrounge for whatever food people did not grab.  Often people will be fighting over a critical resource like water, or more probably, gasoline.  They might, or probably will, neglect all the other useful supplies there at first.

Unfortunately this reality, of stores mobbed from day one, signifies that your initial storage is perhaps a lot more critical than I hoped.

But also note that whoever leaves their home, as stated in the podcast, should expect to be robbed.

Ello, Meet Swarm

This looks like a blog I need to follow!

emergent by design

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this post originally appeared on Medium by @jgreenhall –

Indie darling Ello is starting to make splashes in the direction of Facebook. To be sure, the rush of techno-hipsters into the minimal design (and Ad-free) social network is as of yet merely a hint of a gesture. But to my ears, the sound is clear: Facebook is vulnerable. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that Facebook is doomed. Perhaps not from Ello, perhaps not anytime soon. But sooner than most may think.

Zuckerberg and co have already moved profoundly onto the wrong side of the innovation curve with a focus away from what people actually want and need and ruthlessly on how to maximize shareholder value. The momentum of Ello is the result of an itch of many of Facebook’s users: anything else. These things end badly. I’m on the record: Facebook isn’t long for this world…

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