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>>6162 Continental Floppa


That link for Continental Floppa is the thread specifically about the Althusser essays and lectures. The main thread for that group (with a shitload of PDFs) is here >>5028


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Continental Floppa is moving on to a new subject.
Thread here >>9279



Read the nonfiction chapters of Half Earth Socialism.
The video game they made to promote the book is very fun and thought provoking, so I bought the book.

The book is not particularly good. It attempts to link the necessity of economic planning and large scale rewilding (half of the terrestrial surface must be nature preserves in order to have a viable ecosystem). The thesis of the book is that a planned economy is nessecary to preserve human life on earth, but the argument entirely rests on the unsupported assertion that "Half of the earth could not remain uncommodified under capitalism". No attempt is made to develop this claim through an economic argument. The authors criticize John Bellamy Foster and the Monthly Review school on ecology for merely reading Marx with viridian tinted glasses. Lacking an economic theory, the authors of Half Earth Socialism have no way to prove their point. Instead, they rely on extensive citations from the scientific literature describing the current impacts of the capitalist world-syste, and tearing apart neoliberal fantasies about geoengineering. The book contains almost 50 pages of citations, and the main text including introduction is only 180 pages.

Its a very puzzling book, the authors are familiar with neurath, beer, etc regarding planned economies, but fail to invoke the law of requisite variety in their critiques of geoengineering, despite referencing it in planning.

The authors and game developers had a research group during the game development process, and the game developers actually mentioned these undeveloped ideas in the general intellect unit podcast, that could have produce a systematic critique of geoengineering.

The high reference density and dependance of citing an argument instead of printing it reminds me of a lot of popular science / popular economics writing. I am pretty disappointed with the book, but look forward to reading the fiction chapter at the end. The authors are at least capable researchers and prose writers.


/kapital/ 2023 is >>12217 here.


The fiction chapter was actually pretty nice and made me a bit happier about paying full price for the book. I do feel like it would have been better with fewer citations and more primary arguments. I would hope that the authors can collaborate with eco-marxist academics or literature in the future to produce a substantial, interdisciplinary work, which includes a lot more social science.

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