by Frédéric Lordon. Paperback; Ebook; Hardback. Paperback. Paperback with free ebook. $$% off. pages / June / Thomas Piketty’s thousand-page economics bestseller reduces capital to mere wealth — leaving out its political impact on social and economic (). Willing Slaves Of Capital: Spinoza And Marx On Desire [Frederic Lordon] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Why do people work for other .

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At international level, post-Cold War structures—the G7 as well as the IMF—WB—WTO nexus—had produced a new space for economic diplomacy, in which the power of the Treasury—Wall Street complex was reinforced by subtler pressures of recognition and respectability, indexed by adherence to the canons of liberal modernity. To justify the rather strange desire to work for others in neoliberal capitalism requires something more than the objective framework of an office or an economy.

That a Spinozist social science should be of French concoction is no coincidence: And only academics could disdain anything that takes place at national level, that is to say almost all of the real — as opposed to the imaginary — struggles that take place. That capital aims for total control follows inevitably from the very process of accumulation, whose nature is to go on indefinitely. The first step was to free up the national savings and pension funds for wide-ranging investment, creating vast new liquid markets in which the state itself could borrow; French funds were deregulated by the Fabius government in —86, not least to compete against the encroachment of big Anglo-Saxon players.

Their belated rectifications will have very little effect.

In the absence of either, the process is bound to grow like a cancer, in intensity and in extent. But all the fredegic rigour in the world will not make up for the most basic deception, so obvious that it has passed unnoticed: Like the Regulationists, then, Lordon is chiefly concerned with periodization: In these essays, against liberal theories of atomized subjects of choice, Lordon develops his proposal for a structuralism of the passions.


Verso / Frédéric Lordon: The Affect of Politics (Thinking with Spinoza)

In fact that is quite easy: Willing Slaves of Capital. Piketty, torn between the immediate problem and his desire not to disrupt anything fundamental, would like taxation to have greater virtues frededic it does, even the ability to regulate international finance.

The events that began with the financial crisis of offer some telling illustrations of this way of looking at things: It is a tyranny, sweetened perhaps by consumption and entertainment, but still a tyranny.

In his most recent works, direct responses to the Eurozone crisis, this concern with our collective investments in institutional and state power comes to the fore. These external shocks are almost impossible to quantify, but their role is to destroy capital wealth and turn the clock back. Not only were they fearful because of their precarious situation but they were unable to communicate with one another, and therefore unable to coordinate their efforts in fighting for their rights.

These advances are always institutional conquests.

Abhijeet Paul reviews Frédéric Lordon’s Willing Slaves of Capital – Critical Inquiry

Unless we follow these thinkers in getting rid of political and social philosophies of the subject, he proposes, no such structuralism can emerge, and we shall continue to treat passionate individuals and impersonal structures as incompatible terms, devolved to separate disciplines.

For that is the whole point of the left. Such political questions never surface; the book never mentions any real conflict.

Which is to say, odious like never before. But are we destined to remain enslaved by neoliberal master-desires without any hope of liberation?


Frédéric Lordon

Lordon cites the Financial Times: He talks about the effects of war, and more remotely crederic decolonisation. La Politique du capital situates the battle of the banks within the longer-run transformation of Atlantic capitalism.

One thing is for sure: In Praise of Disobedience. However justified it may have been, the scandal over the rescue of the banks in was misplaced. Nothing can prepare society for the damage done by this continual process of change.

Frédéric Lordon: What’s left for the left?

That is the responsibility of which it should constantly be reminded. These experts must be running on diesel: The market response was a violent plunge in bank shares, upon which CECEI reversed its position, to crowing from the financial press.

At the risk of offending the alter-globalist elite bi- or trilingual, accustomed to travelling and given to thinking that everyone shares their abilitiesinternational action, which is perfectly possible and indeed desirable, cannot possibly be as intense or extensive, nor can it have the same impact as action that begins at national level.

Conversely, they are in danger whenever the formation of frederid common opposite affect causes people to break with the institution rules. Nothing in his career has prepared him for it: Only academics, unconscious of their odd position in society, could overlook the concrete conditions required for concrete action to the extent they do.

Retrieved from ” https: If affects are the real engine of politics, they can nowhere be better seen than in crisis times.