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Re: <nettime> microreview of A Grammar of the Multitude by Virno
Matze Schmidt on Fri, 24 Jul 2009 14:24:09 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> microreview of A Grammar of the Multitude by Virno


Hello,

many thanks for this evaluation. But keep in mind, that Virno shrinks
and reduces intellect (general intellect) to the linguistical
capability, the linguistic cognition of language -- the symbol (Lacan
is calling) plus the machines to do so (that's why post- but still
fordistic?).

In fact there is a book coming out tomorrow in Berlin with the
meaningful title "Networked" ("Vernetzt") which claims that all is
water ("We are water"), all is fluid and that the powers of work
and konwledge are watery and find their own way thru the "don't be
evil"-markets. That's, from my point of view, the warmed old ideology
of a biological nature of labor for the "symbolic class", the working
aristocracy in the big cities, in the so called global cities which
are global in culture for waged work coteries but national in holding
the capital(s).

best regards etc.,
Matze

Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 11:46:39 PM, you wrote:

> I think virno is at his worst when he's trying to claim that
> biopolitics is based in "labor-power", but at his best in the
> ten-theses at the end of the book.




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