By Franco “Bifo” Berardi
“Bifo is a grasp of world activism within the age of melancholy. His undertaking is knowing genuine present capitalism. experience the melancholy of the rebel, get pleasure from this really good ‘labor of the negative!’” —Geert Lovink, Dutch/Australian internet critic
“In this unbelievable ebook the idea that of destiny, which supported the trendy heritage of tradition, politics, and economic system, is revised, reverted, cancelled and at last revived in a wholly unforeseen manner. From Futurism to post-futurism, Bifo takes us on a trip via and past the century that depended on within the future.” —Christian Marazzi, writer of The Violence of economic Capitalism
The century-long obsession with the concept that of the long run has, ultimately, come to an finish. starting with F. T. Marinetti's “Futurist Manifesto” and the global race towards a brand new and hugely mechanized society that outlined the “Century of Progress,” Italian media activist Franco “Bifo” Berardi strains the genesis of future-oriented proposal throughout the punk circulate of the early ’70s and into the media revolution of the ’90s. Cyberculture, the final actually utopian imaginative and prescient of the long run, has resulted in a conflict, and left at the back of an ever-growing process of digital existence and genuine demise, of digital wisdom and genuine war.
The destiny, Bifo argues, has failed us. Our accountability now's to choose what comes next.
Franco “Bifo” Berardi is an Italian critic and media activist. one of many founders of the infamous Radio Alice, a pirate radio station that turned the voice of the self sustaining formative years circulate of Bologna within the past due Seventies, Bifo is the writer of a number of works of concept, together with The Soul at Work, Precarious Rhapsody, and “The Post-Futurist Manifesto.”
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What labour adds in production is a matter of energy. How fast labour can produce depends on technology, which is to say it depends on time. As is well known, Marx was interested in identifying the factors making for the contradictions of capitalist production, hoping to chart the ways in which capitalism would be overthrown, presumably to be followed by communism. He predicted that when capital is unable to spend more, relatively, on labour, its profits would decline. But as Brennan is not the first to observe, the belief that the rate of profit will tend to fall has not been borne out wherever production flourishes and profit grows on the basis of ‘natural resources’ rather than labour- power.
While we fear the egoist (Hobbes), we resent the altruist, disbelieving that he really is one (Nietzsche). III Brennan sets out to apply to nature the argument Marx famously made about human labour. Marx argued that there was a necessary – internal and inescapable – relation between capitalist profit and the exploitation of labour: profit is made because, and to the extent that, labour gives more than it costs. That ‘extra’ yielded by labour, only to be taken from it, is the source of profit in strictu sensu: profit’s one and only source.
From Nietzsche to Baudrillard, what could be more suspect? Brennan very deliberately challenges the post-modern doxa by focusing on the mother’s body, which, like the natural order of which it is a part, is an origin before the foundation. Likewise, it is one thing to say that ‘there is no concept of nature outside of culture’; it is quite another to say that there is no nature. This intellectual trend follows on Baudrillard’s study of America, theorizing culture as a copy of a copy, as made up of simulacra to the effect that no origin is to be found, no referent for meaning – permitting the verification of truth – can be located (1998).
After the Future by Franco “Bifo” Berardi