Tomorrow, WTF is going on with GameStop?

It’s that time again…

Join us at 1pm tomorrow to discuss whatever is making you ask or helping you make sense of what the f**k is going on right now. This can be anything you’re currently reading, watching or listening to. The session will be open, informal and friendly with no required reading beforehand. Like many we’ve been wondering wtf is going on with GameStop, as well as UK opposition leader Keir Starmer. Based on conversations in the Discord we’ve made the following reading/viewing suggestions:

  • Saagar Enjeti – ‘Wall Street Elited DESTROYED, Beaten By Redditors At Their Own RIGGED Game’

Everyone is welcome to join and can bring whatever theory they want to the session.

Want to join us?

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We’ll be sending out links for future WTF is Going On? sessions every month to our mailing list and – so feel free to join whenever you fancy!

Our fourth Postcapitalist Desire Reading Group ‘Union Power and Soul Power’ is also happening later this month. If you’d like to join this in-depth analysis, please contact us to register and see full details on our website.

New Year Schedule:

Tuesday 23rd February, 1-3pm – Postcapitalist Desire Lecture 4: Union Power and Soul Power

Tuesday 9th March, 1-3pm — WTF

Tuesday 23rd of March — Postcapitalist Desire Lecture 5: Libidinal Marxism

See you on the net,

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Postcapitalist Desire Lecture #3 Footnotes

Session Recap

What a brilliant session! This week we delved into consciousness raising/razing in the third Postcapitalist Desire lecture transcript: ‘From Class Consciousness to Group Consciousness’. This seems to have been the most popular of the three we’ve covered so far, probably because of how much Fisher squeezes into this lecture and the length he goes to unpack some of Lukács’ ideas. The central topic we kept returning to was the act and the process of collective consciousness raising (which Fisher explores as a means for subordinated groups to rise out of the immediacy of experience and break away from ideology), and how it’s obstructed by ideology itself (which seeks to persuade us the problem is us), as well as challenges such as time poverty and the seemingly magical disappearing act of class consciousness in recent decades. A particularly fruitful idea for discussion in the group was the notion of consciousness ‘razing’ as opposed to ‘raising’, a term used elsewhere by Fisher (it’s well worth a read of Matt Colquhoun’s Egress for more on this, particularly chapter 4), which speaks to the destruction of oppressive forms of thinking. This excerpt from Lukács really stuck with us:

“Above all the worker can only become conscious of his existence in society when he becomes aware of himself as a commodity”

Georg Lukács, History & Class Consciousness: Studies in Marxist Dialectics, trans. Rodney Livingstone. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 1971, 168

Becoming conscious of your oppression entails submitting to an awareness of yourself as commodity and thus object (a paradoxical surrendering of consciousness). This surrender makes such consciousness raising possible and paves the way to raze oppressive modes of thinking: the way out is through.

If you didn’t manage to catch the session and any of this sounds interesting to you, join us on Discord, where the conversation continues.

Session footnotes are below, and the original reading list can be found here.

Books

The Capitalist Unconscious: Marx and Lacan: Amazon.co.uk: Samo Tomsic:  9781784781088: Books

Samo Tomšič, The Capitalist Unconscious: Marx and Lacan, Verso, 2014

Zombie University: Thinking Under Control: Amazon.co.uk: Sinead Murphy:  9781910924518: Books

Sinéad Murphy, Zombie University, Repeater Books, 2017

Time, Labor, and Social Domination: A Reinterpretation of Marx's Critical  Theory: Amazon.co.uk: Postone: 9780521565400: Books

Moishe Postone, ‘Abstract Labour’, in Time, Labor, Social Domination (Cambridge: CUP. 1993), pp.123-66

Egress by Matt Colquhoun: 9781912248872 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

Matt Colquhoun, Egress, Repeater Books, 2020

Everything Else

Gilles Deleuze, ‘Postscript on the Societies of Control’, October, vol. 59, 1992, pp. 3–7

”The Owl in Daylight’: On Philip K. Dick’s Unwritten Masterpiece’, Weird Studies Podcast, Jan 20th 2021

Steve McQueen (dir.), Small Axe, BBC iPlayer, 2020

Nine Inch Nails, ‘The Way Out Is Through’, The Fragile, 1999

Next Time

We explore the fourth of Fisher’s final lectures, ‘Union Power and Soul Power’. Join us Tuesday 23rd February, 1-3pm. If you’re new to the series but still want to join, get in touch to register.

Upcoming, Mark Fisher’s Final Lectures: Postcapitalist Desire #3 From Class Consciousness to Group Consciousness

We’re less than one week away from our Postcapitalist Desire reading group session, exploring the third of Mark Fisher’s final lecture transcripts in Matt Colquhoun’s latest book. The session will take place on Tuesday the 26th of January, 1-3pm GMT. Everyone is welcome, Fisher nerds and novices alike (as well as those just interested in discussing theory). We hope you can all join us for this in-depth discussion.

Each month we’ll be exploring each of the five lecture transcripts. Matt’s book also includes Mark’s full reading list for each lecture and an accompanying soundtrack. It’s up to you how far you wish to delve into each lecture as there’s a wealth of material in each, but we do ask as a minimum that you read the relevant lecture transcript before the session.

Should you wish, the extra readings for this session include:

  • Georg Lukács, “The Standpoint of the Proletariat” from History and Class Consciousness. (Available online at the Marxist Internet Archive: (https://www.marxists.org/archive/lukacs/works/history/hcc07_1.htm)
  • Nancy C. Hartsock, “The Feminist Standpoint: Developing the Ground for a Specifically Feminist Historical Materialism” in The Feminist Standpoint Revisited and Other Essays (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1998), pp. 105–132.

Registration

Like all of our series, these events are online and free. If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time – get in touch via email or on Twitter and we’ll add you to the list. We’ll be sending out a Zoom link to everyone on the list nearer the time. Once you’ve registered, you don’t need to confirm attendance for each session – we’ll send you a fresh link every month. You also don’t need to commit to every session – just attend what you fancy (even if you miss the first session, there is more than enough material in each lecture for discussion).

We look forward to seeing you there. See you on the net!

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