Capitalism was not the product of an evolutionary development bringing forth economic forces that were maturing in the womb of the old order. Capitalism was the response of the feudal lords, the patrician merchants, the bishops and popes, to a centuries-long social conflict that, in the end, shook their power…Capitalism was the counter-revolution that destroyed the possibilities that emerged from the anti-feudal struggle—possibilities which, if realized, might have spared us the immense destruction of lives and the natural environment that has marked the advance of capitalist relations worldwide. This much must be stressed, for the belief that capitalism ‘evolved’ from feudalism and represents a higher form of social life has not yet been dispelled
Dialectics is the consistent consciousness of non-identity. It is not related in advance to a standpoint. Thought is driven, out of its unavoidable insufficiency, its guilt for what it thinks, towards it. If one objected, as has been repeated ever since by the Aristotelian critics of Hegel,2 that dialectics for its part grinds everything indiscriminately in its mill down into the mere logical form of the contradiction, overlooking – even Croce argued this3 – the true polyvalence of that which is not contradictory, of the simply different, one is only displacing the blame for the thing onto the method. That which is differentiated appears as divergent, dissonant, negative, so long as consciousness must push towards unity according to its own formation: so long as it measures that which is not identical with itself, with its claim to the totality. This is what dialectics holds up to the consciousness as the contradiction.
I shall therefore say that, where only a single subject (such and such individual) is concerned, the existence of the ideas of his belief is material in that his ideas are his material actions inserted into his material practices governed by material rituals which are themselves defined by the material ideological apparatus from which we derive the ideas of that subject…Ideas have disappeared as such (insofar as they are endowed with an ideal or spiritual existence), to the precise extent that it has emerged that their existence is inscribed in the actions of practices governed by rituals defined in the last instance by an ideological apparatus. It therefore appears that the subject acts insofar as he is acted by the following system (set out in the order of its real determination): ideology existing in a material ideological apparatus, describing material practices governed by a material ritual, which practices exist in the material actions of a subject acting in all consciousness according to his belief.
Althusser, “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses”, 158-59 (via arielnietzsche)
The true ethical test is not only the readiness to save the victims, but also - even more, perhaps - the ruthless dedication to annihilating those who made them victims.
Is this a new Internet Thing? Because I like it. It should stay a thing.
Seriosuly guys, what’s not to like about socialism?
ICE CRWAM, YA’LL. Ice. Cream.
New Age Senders want you to hate yourself so they can control you better.
This is the essence of the anti-ego meme in all its manifestations: the perverted morality that we are tacitly operating under instructs us to treat self-hatred as synonymous with love, obscuring the fact that self-hatred and other-hatred are two sides of the same coin. My insistence on dissolving/de-centering/liquefying my own subjectivity serves as perfect justification for robbing the other of hers. I evacuate the space of my subjectivity in order to incubate a colonial Liquefactionist Subject, which vampirically feeds off of the subjectivity of the other. It parallels exactly the way the guru makes a big show of renunciation to legitimate the sadism of control. This is how cults operate. Wake the fuck up.
This entire business functions on a kind of Stockholm syndrome instigated by ideological junk peddlers. It is the mainstay of ‘religion’ as opiate, in the Marxist sense, an addiction to our own alienation.
The ego is a vehicle of love. Without preserving the integrity of separate identities communist praxis (ethnogenesis) is not possible, and we lapse constantly back into the sadomasochist default mode. Please stop hating yourself just because everyone is telling you to. They are only telling you that because they are infected with the control virus and they hate themselves too. If you are not satisfied with the state of your subjectivity, engage with others and hack/transform it into a different mode.