links for 2009-09-29
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
"I challenge Negri's (pragmatic) reading of Lenin specifically, and more generally Leninism as an approach to the issue of socialist organisation. I utilise a range of the contributing chapters to explore Negri's (and indeed Hardt's) arguments on immaterial labour and bio-politics. Against Negri's tendency to overstate the immateriality of labour, I emphasize both the relationship of complex interdependency of all forms of labour 'material' and 'non-material', in contemporary global capitalist society, and the continuing physicality of processes of exploitation."
"Roman Polanski raped a child. Let's just start right there, because that's the detail that tends to get neglected when we start discussing whether it was fair for the bail-jumping director to be arrested at age 76, after 32 years in "exile" (which in this case means owning multiple homes in Europe, continuing to work as a director, marrying and fathering two children, even winning an Oscar, but never — poor baby — being able to return to the U.S.). Let's keep in mind that Roman Polanski gave a 13-year-old girl a Quaalude and champagne, then raped her…"