Video: Scott Lash Questions Stiegler’s Belief

This is the second video excerpt from “Capitalism or Markets?: An Exchange – Bernard Stiegler and Scott Lash” (9th January 2012 at Goldsmiths University of London), in which Lash responds to Stiegler’s previous point on proletarianisation.

The full audio of the talk-exchange is now available to listen online or to download.

The talk addressed some of the following questions:

What is critical political economy today? Has neo-liberalism produced a system of domination in which capital has reduced labour not just to an object but to what Heidegger called a ‘standing reserve’,: that is a Marxist ‘reserve army of labour’ that no longer has a stake in the productive system resulting in conflagrations like Tottenham 2011? Or does a new industrialism driven by technological media open up a possible political space of ‘care’, enabling open relations of bonding between humans and among human and code-driven machines? How would such a political economy address the emerging powers in an age when Obama is destined to be the last president of what will have been the world’s most powerful nation? Is China (India) neo-liberal or is it possible to have the sociality of markets without capitalism? Is Foucault right to counterpose the positivity of a liberalism based in a classical political economy of Smith and Ricardo against the bio-political domination of a neo-liberalism and today’s neo-classical economics? Do we live in a post-industrial, knowledge society, or instead in the possibility of a new industrial order, in which industrial classes are pitted against the excesses of finance capital?

4 responses to “Video: Scott Lash Questions Stiegler’s Belief

  1. Articles like this irritate me massively. When will writers understand that to reach people in an effective way the language needs to be almost child like..otherwise its simply an elitist club for those who are up to date with the ever evolving terms that are relentlessly listed and never explained. I want to see work like this used to good affect in society..maybe im wrong to criticise here but it needs to be remembered that not everyone is so well informed. X

    • Hey, all dialogue is good so have posted your comment, but are you kidding? These guys are philosophy professors, they’re not presenting Strictly Come Dancing. This content isn’t really aimed at a general audience, and yes it will be difficult if you are not well read in the subject. Are you suggesting that every specialist should be expected to ‘dumb down’ so that all non-specialists can understand them? What would be the point?

  2. well, if you can’t communicate beyond your own circle you have to question both the efficiency and effect of your ideas. If you’re happy to simply circulate ideas within the academy, then fine. if you want others to participate in the discussion, then you have to communicate them so that they are understandable beyond your peers. That is not ‘dumbing down” that is difficult (you REALLY have to think about language) , that is opening yourself up to genuine difference, to dialogue, to exchange, – and to opposition – which is risky and perhaps why so few academics are willing to do it. Instead thinking, better to swim in your own pond amongst your own??

    • Thank you for your comments, but we think we ought to make it clear that Nyx is an academic journal of philosophy/critical theory/cultural studies. Our blog will reflect this. It is intended for people who have some interest and background in these areas. If you don’t then yes, you might find some of it a bit confusing, especially posts like the Stiegler/Lash debate. It’s just the same as if you went to look at a blog about football, but had never seen a football match before. You would find it difficult to follow. Maybe you are looking at the wrong kind of blog?

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