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In my review of Jacques Rancière’s The Ignorant Schoolmaster, I asked the following question: What if the library recognized and took ownership of its etymological history as a place of books? What if it began to take seriously a mission not of ‘access to information’ or ‘access to material’, but...

When I was in library school, we discussed the ways in which information is a commodity. We never actually decided on a definition of “commodity”; like pornography, we were expected to know it when we see it. But anyone with a passing familiarity with Marx’s Capital knows that the concept...

In What Is To Be Done? (1902), Lenin wrote that without an organized party to push demands further, the working class would never move beyond ‘economism’, that is the demand for purely economic betterment: higher wages, benefits, etc. These demand would leave the social and economic foundations of society intact....

Caveat: The dharma that can be spoken is no dharma at all. I’ve been thinking/reading a lot about dialectics lately, especially the relationship between Hegel’s idealist dialectic and the materialist dialectic of Marx and Engels. But I’ve also been doing a lot of yoga - this week, I did an...

J. Moufawad-Paul, Austerity Apparatus (Montreal: Kersplebedeb, 2017). Moufawad-Paul, who blogs at M-L-M Mayhem is the author of two previous books: The Communist Necessity(2014) and Continuity and Rupture: Philosophy in the Maoist Terrain(2016). Austerity Apparatus rounds out a trilogy of sorts focused on the need to revitalize the theory and practice...