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David Graeber — The Sadness of Post-Workerism

or “Art And Immaterial Labour” Conference: A Sort of Review
(Tate Britain, Saturday 19 January, 2008) by David Graeber

On the 19th of January, several of the heavyweights of Italian post-Workerist theory—Toni Negri, Bifo Berardi, Maurizio Lazzarato, and Judith Revel— appeared at the Tate Modern to talk about art. This is a review. Or, it is a review in a certain sense. I want to give an account of what happened. But I also want to talk about why I think what happened was interesting and important. For me at least, this means addressing not only what was said but just as much, perhaps, what wasn’t; and asking questions like “why immaterial labor ?”, and “why did it make sense to all concerned to bring a group of revolutionary theorists over from Italy to talk about art history in the first place?” Asking these questions will allow me to make some much broader points about the nature of art, politics, history, and social theory, which I like to think are at least as interesting and potentially revealing than what happened in the actual debate.

The Sadness of Post-Workerism: full review article

Massimo De Angelis — Oxymoronic Creatures along the River Thames

Oxymoronic Creatures along the River Thames: Reflections on “Sustainable Communities”, Neoliberal Governance and Capital’s Globalisation
Massimo De Angelis (March 2007)

According to the logic of neoliberal governance, every problem voiced by social movements or advocacy groups can be addressed on condition that the mode of its addressing is through the market: for example, the environmental crisis can be dealt with by the marketing of pollution rights, the human crisis of poverty in the global south can be dealt with by “women empowering” microcredit and its articulation to export promotion policies, and the social, environmental and housing crisis in the urban centers of the global North such as New York and London can be dealt with by “sustainable communities” in the context of major urban development such as the Thames Gateway project.

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George Caffentzis — A Critique of Commodified Education and Knowledge

A Critique of Commodified Education and Knowledge
George Caffentzis (February 12, 2008)

Higher education and the knowledge produced in universities have experienced a remarkable transition in the last half-century. First, the informal epistemic common of academic “Lettered Property” (the texts and research results produced by university faculty members and students) has been enclosed and academics have been expelled or enticed into a neoliberal regime where a mysterious Midas touch commodifies knowledge about everything from life forms to mythic heroes. Second, higher education that had previously been seen as a public good which Church, State and/or Capital largely subsidized in exchange for the right to control its content and form, has in the 1980s and 1990s increasingly become a commodity to be sold in a competitive market by universities to their “customers,” heavily indebted students.

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