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Episode 3.6: The Limit Point of Capitalist Equality

This week’s essay is another intake, this time from Chris Chen. We are discussing race and identity politics. The essay argues that “race” is a process of socio-economic interpellation, in contra-distinction to identity politics which seeks to affirm racial identity. The author develops an anti-racist practise within the materialist framework of value-form theory. Instead of affirming identity, anti-racist practise should seek to abolish race by abolishing the social forces which impose it onto racialized categories of the population.

Read the essay here.

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Episode 3.5: Logistics, Counterlogistics and the Communist Prospect

In this very special episode recorded on Halloween, and released on the eve of the American presidential election, we are discussing Jasper Bernes’s (@outsidagitator) essay on the history of logistics. Posited as capital’s theory of its own globalized form, the essay situates us in 2011, the same moment of historical upheaval this entire collection of essays has focused on. We discuss the concepts of “cognitive mapping” taken from Frederic Jameson, “hydraulic capitalism” taken from Deleuze and Guattari, Heideggerean ontology, technological alienation, and more.

Read the essay here.

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Episode 3.4: A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

This week we are discussing the riot wave that burned throughout England in 2011. Precipitated by anti-austerity protests and anti-police brutality protests, Endnotes explore the myriad social movements that coalesced in days of protests, arson, property damage, and violence directed toward cops, and toward protesters from the cops. Sound familiar? The parallels to the riot wave that swept the United States this summer are striking, and the predictable of this long, well-researched historical essay is that riot waves of are always the result of an extended historical process. Developing from this, we discuss the historical continuity of tactics employed by insurgents–as well as repressive tactics employed by the police.

Read the essay here.

Watch on YouTube (link goes live on 11:45am EST, Monday 26 October).

Episode 3.3: The Logic of Gender

Jasper Johns, “Numbers.”

How do you fit the gender/sex binary into the framework of value-form theory, and the method of systemic dialectic? Listen to this week’s episode to find out, our first episode recorded virtually, and Endnotes’ first sustained foray into Marxist feminism.

Read the essay here.

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Episode 3.2: The Holding Pattern

Jasper Johns, “0-9,” 11 7/8 x 10 3/4 inches, ink on plastic, 1979.

This week on the podcast we are going back to 2013 and discussing the Occupy Wall Street movement, the “movement of the squares” internationally, and all the explosions of worker’s movements of that period. We go back and forth about the utopianism of the Endnotes collective, and arrive at a better understanding of just what “communisation theory” really entails.

Read the essay here.

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Episode 3.1: Editorial

Jasper Johns, “0 through 9,” 22.6 × 18 cm, ca. 1975.

Breaking off a new edition of the Endnotes journal. This survey text previews what’s ahead. We reflect on the historical circumstances of this publication (2013), on the issue that we just finished, what we like and don’t like about Endnotes, and what’s to come.

Read the editorial here.

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Episode 2.7: Sleep-Worker’s Enquiry

Jasper Johns, “Numbers in Color” encaustic and newspaper on canvas, 189.23 x 144.78 x 9.84 cm, 1958-59.

This week we are finishing off the second edition of the Endnotes journal with a reflective meditation on the working life of a programmer. We discuss the politics of the software industry, the logic of technology, and how it all relates to capitalism.

Read the essay here.

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