“Capital functions as the sublime irrepresentable Thing, present only in its effects, in contrast to a commodity, a particular material object which miraculously ‘comes to life’, starts to move as if endowed with an invisible spirit In one case, we have the excess of materiality (social relations appearing as the property of a pseudo-concrete material object); in the other, the excess of invisible speciality (social relations dominated by the invisible spectre of Capital). Today, with the advent of electronic money, the two dimensions seem to collapse: money itself increasingly acquires the features of an invisible spectral Thing discernible only through its effects.”—
“We live in a world of spiritually sickening economic and social inequality, a world whose progress toward the acknowledgment of common standards of toleration, individual liberty and human development has been depressingly slow and unsteady.”(1) “One thus gets an impression that civilization is something which was imposed on a resisting majority by a minority which understood how to obtain possession of the means to power and coercion.”(2) “It is not that by this act possession, in changing hands, changes its nature and becomes property in the hands of the sovereign. But with regard to other powers, it is master only through the right of the first occupant, which it derives from the private individual.”(3) The individual “tries to establish over the other an alien power, so as thereby to find satisfaction of his own selfish need.” (4) “Individuals, who have to look after themselves, develop the ego as the instance of the reflective preliminary and general view; it is extended and contracted as the prospects of economic self-sufficiency and productive ownership extend and contract from generation to generation.” (5) “From all that has been said […], it follows that we must define [the typical debate in our society] as capitalism in transition, or, more precisely, as moribund capitalism.” (6)”—
Equality and Partiality, Thomas Nagel, Introduction pg.2 (OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1991)
The future of an Illusion, Sigmund Freud, pg 6 (W.W. Norton & Company, 1961)
On the Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, pg 56 (St. Martin’s Press, Inc. 1978)
The Economic & Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844, Karl Marx, (The Meaning of Human Requirements) pg 147 (International Publishers, 1964)
Dialectic of Enlightenment, Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno,pg 87 (Continuum Publishing Company, New York, 2002)
Imperialism the Highest Stage of Capitalism, V.I. Lenin, pg 126 (International Publishers, 1939)
“Dolmance - “As for her education, it appears to have been damnably poor, for we here have been obliged to replace all the principles you had put into her head; not one of the lot you gave her provides for her happiness, not one is not absurd or illusory. You spoke to her of God as if there were some such thing; of virtue as if it were necessary; of religion as if every religious cult were something other than the result of the grossest imposture and the most signal imbecility; of Jesus Christ as if that rascal were anything but a cheat and a bandit. You have told her that it is sinful to fuck, whereas to fuck is life’s most delicious act; you have wished to give separable from debauchery and immorality, as if the happiest of filth and in libertinage, she who most and best defies every prejudice and who most laughs reputation to scorn.”—The Marquis De Sade - Philosophy in the Bedroom
“Do not let us go back to a fictitious primordial condition as the political economist does, when he tries to explain. Such a primordial condition explains nothing; it merely pushes the question away into a grey nebulous distance. The economist assumes in the form of a fact, of an event, what he is supposed to deduce- namely, the necessary labour and exchange. Thus the theologian explains the origin of evil by the fall of man; that is he assumes as a fact, in historical form, what has to be explained.”—Karl Marx - Estranged Labour - Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 - Marx and Engels:1843-44 Volume 3 Collected Works
“The bourgeois have very good grounds for fancifully ascribing supernatural creative power to labour, since it follows precisely from the fact that labour depends on nature, that the man who possesses no other property than his labour power must, in all conditions of society and culture, be the slave of other men who have made themselves the owners of the material conditions of labour. He can only work with their permission, and hence only live with their permission.”—Karl Marx - Critique of the Gotha Programme
Originally created for a short movie presented at Underground Wonderbar, which was lost, thus the music remains. Artists used: Telefon Tel Aviv, Aphex Twin, Quantic, Bonobo, Prokofiev, Cannonball ADDERLEY Quintet, and many more.
“When sexual liberation was the order of the day, the watchword was ‘Maximize sexuality, minimize reproduction’. The dream of our present clone-loving society is just the opposite: as much reproduction and as little sex as possible. At one time the body was a metaphor for the soul, then it became a metaphor for sex. Today it is no longer a metaphor for anything at all, merely the locus of metastasis, of the machine-like connections between all its processes, of an endless programming devoid of any symbolic organization or overarching purpose: the body is thus given over to the pure promiscuity of its relationship to itself - the same promiscuity that characterizes networks and integrated circuits.”—Jean Baudrillard - The Transparency of Evil
“The sphere of political representation has come to a close. From left to right, it’s the same nothingness striking the pose of an emperor or a savior, the same sales assistants adjusting their discourse according to the findings of the latest surveys. Those who still vote seem to have no other intention than to desecrate the ballot box by voting as a pure act of protest. We’re beginning to suspect that it’s only against voting itself that people continue to vote.”—The Invisible Committee - The Coming Insurrection - Semiotext(e)
“The rights a man arrogates to himself are related to the duties he imposes upon himself, to the tasks to which he feels equal. The great majority of men have no right to existence, but are a misfortune to higher men.”—872 (1884), FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, THE WILL TO POWER
A question that in its very nature may contain a prejudice and asks itself by way of its own answer, for in any attempt for posing a question such as this, one may ask the writer- why? And in this contrast, asks its writer, we find an impetus that desires to know. By knowing this questions answer is in the act of itself. It guides its own reason, a reason analogous to the content of prejudice.