Episode 3.7: Spontaneity, Mediation, Rupture

Wrapping up volume 3 of Endnotes with a meditation on the relationship between the nature of anti-capitalist struggle, the role of militants in realizing that struggle, and what struggle can hope to accomplish. This essay further advances a definition of communisation, and develops the collective’s vision for the conditions of possibility of a communist revolution. It ends on a very intriguing cliffhanger, too, arguing that class consciousness is not a sufficient basis for revolution, but that capital is really the one thing we all have in common.

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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.

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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.

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Episode 2.5: The Moving Contradiction

Detail from Quentin Massys, “St John Altarpiece (central panel),” oil on panel, 1507-1508.

This week’s episode of the Footnotes to Endnotes podcast is on the essay “The Moving Contradiction.” The theme continues building the same methodological and theoretical premises the Endnotes collective have been outline over the course of this issue, this time at a much more abstract level. Our verdict is that this essay is “bad,” repetitive, and so we use it instead as a a point of departure for a more free-form conversation about Marxism, communism, the revolution, theory…everything we’ve been discussing in the series so far, but without being beholden to the text.

Read the essay here.

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Thumbnail is a detail from a highly macabre altarpiece you can see here.

Episode 2.4: Communisation and Value Form Theory

Paul Klee, Untitled, 1914.

Best episode of the podcast yet, a wide-ranging exploration of the theoretical history of communisation theory, and value form theory. In this essay, Endnotes elaborate why they have attached themselves to these two contemporary Marxist and communist theories, and begin to advance their argument about why the two are related.

Read the essay by Endnotes here.

Episode 2.3: Notes on the New Housing Question

Wassily Kandinsky, “Circles in a Circle,” oil on canvas, 98.7 × 95.6 cm, 1923.

Episode 3 of the Footnotes to Endnotes podcast. This episode discusses the history of housing in the United States over the course of the 20th century, and analyzes how the housing market was intimately connected to post-war “New Deal” policies. A major topic in this episode / essay is the requirement of state-managed capital to increase the individual debt load, in order to integrate them into the housing market; as well, the racial dynamics that were at play, as informed by and determinate of the housing market.

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Thumbnail is a painting by Kandinsky.

Episode 2.2: Misery and Debt

Paul Klee, “Harmony of the Nordic Flora,” oil on plywood, 41 x 66 cm, 1927.

In this week’s episode of the podcast, join Uriah and Owen as they discuss and analyze the left-communist text “Misery and Debt,” published in 2010 by the Endnotes Collective. This is one of the most important essays in contemporary Marxian economics that has emerged after the 2008 crisis, and provides an invaluable corrective to 20th century bourgeois arguments against the tendency of the rate of profit to fall.

Learn more about important concepts like simple reproduction and expanded reproduction, surplus population, the industrial reserve army, and what it means that profit inevitably declines within the capitalist system over time.

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