Archive for the ‘critique and theory’ Category

This is interesting, from Robert Zaretsky’s article on Heidegger’s “Black Notebooks”: Yet, it was the hand offered by the French philosopher Jean Beaufret that pulled Heidegger from the professional exile imposed by the Freiburg committee. Shortly after Jean-Paul Sartre, whose own thought was inspired by Heidegger’s work, gave his celebrated public talk “Existentialism is a […]

Following my last Contested Terrain post, here is a cut and paste of the last version of the CT resources page. Many of the links are dead of course and go via If I ever have time, I will make a proper resource page on this site.

Kritik & theory


The left, global kicking off, and communisation theory Roger Rashi, Sam Gindin, Stephen Eric Bronner, Aaron Benanav, & Richard Rubin: Program and utopia. Extracts: Aaron Benanav (Endnotes): …We in Endnotes want to say, “There was never a time when the Left really mattered. What mattered was something else — the workers’ movement.” The concept of the Left provided a way for Social […]

An interesting critique of Paul Mason’s reports on Greek fascism, by Benedict Seymour at Metamute, drawing on Alfred Sohn-Rethel. The following is a commentary on Paul Mason’s important but flawed article on the situation in Greece: Paul Mason’s recent reports on the rise of the Golden Dawn have been very interesting. The latest ends […]

At, an interesting feature, the tank: Do We Need Adorno? By Todd Cronan, Emory University,Michael Clune, Case Western Reserve University, Nicholas Brown, UIC, Jennifer Ashton, UIC, Chris Cutrone, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Marnin Young, Yeshiva University. First up, a review by Todd Cronan of Adorno and Horkheimer’s  Towards a New Manifesto by Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer. Translated by Rodney Livingstone. […]

Ross Wolfe, of the Charnel House, has a long post on the temporality of radical politics, criticising, among other temporal orientations, various forms of hankering after divers real and imaginary pasts, and particularly the longing for a ‘prelapsarian past, of the “good old days” before everything went wrong’. Much of the post is devoted to Franco […]

Thinking the global crisis South Atlantic Quarterly: Perspectives on the Global Crisis Volume 111, Number 2, Spring 2012 Moishe Postone, Special Issue Editor. Includes Moishe Postone: Thinking the Global Crisis Full Text (PDF). Also: Duncan K. Foley (Abstract/Full Text (PDF)), Michael Hardt (Abstract/Full Text (PDF)) and others. More and more labor is being rendered superfluous, even as […]

A new blog you should check out: Occupy the Crisis “….on the U.S. “Occupy” movement as counter-hegemonic force in the current political conjuncture” Here’s some posts; go read em: On Occupy, reproduction and the commons In an earlier post, I pointed to David Harvey’s text on reclaiming the city as a site of the commons. Below, Silvia […]

A blog recommendation, via communism: Michael Heinrich, De Brosses, fetishism, etc.

Interesting text on anti-Germanism published at Contested Terrain. Also read the interesting discussion at the Libcom forum, despite degenerating into predictable flame wars at various points. Some links to follow from there, including “Blaming the Banks is not our Business“. And an important new text on anti-nationalism, from AntiFa AK Cologne, published at Shift. While […]